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5 Benefits of Annual Physicals

One of the best things you can do for your health is to show up for your annual physical and well woman’s exam with Sowmya Reddy, MD, FACOG, and the team at Alpha OB GYN.

Annual physicals and well woman exams are appointments you schedule routinely, even when you’re not sick or having symptoms. During your exam, Dr. Reddy has the opportunity to review a variety of details about your physical, reproductive, and sexual health.

These yearly visits are an important part of a preventive health care plan for several reasons:

1.Continuity in health care

Annual physicals and well woman exams help Dr. Reddy and your other health care providers evaluate your overall health once a year. This information is useful for tracking changes in your health, mental, and sexual health as you age while ensuring you have access to the resources you need along the way.

Annual visits also help you build a strong foundation of trust and reliability between you and your health care team.

Routine exams are a great time to discuss your options for birth control. Or if you’re interested in becoming pregnant,a well woman exam is a great opportunity to discuss how to prepare your body for a healthy pregnancy.

2. Disease prevention

Disease prevention is an important part of a long-term health care plan. At your annual physical and well woman exam, Dr. Reddy can order a variety of diagnostic screenings, including Pap smears and a mammogram, to identify risk factors for certain diseases like cervical or breast cancer.

Routine screenings are also essential if you have known risk factors because of other underlying health conditions or your family’s medical history.

3. Identifying early-stage disease

Early disease detection is possible through regular screenings. Many conditions won’t show symptoms until the disease is in advanced stages.

If a routine screening identifies early warning signs of diseases like breast or cervical cancer, you can begin receiving treatment right away. The Alpha OB GYN team also offers on-site testing services for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

For many serious and chronic diseases, early treatment is important for your recovery. In many cases, treating disease in its earliest stage provides you with the best possible outcomes.

4. Providing tools to improve health

Even if your physical and screenings find no evidence of illness, Dr. Reddy can work with you on ways to continue improving your health. She can recommend lifestyle changes, exercises, and diet improvements to help you maintain a healthy weight.

You also have access to resources to benefit your mental, emotional, and sexual health.

5. Answering your questions or concerns

You may feel intimidated to ask questions about certain topics, or afraid to address changes in your health. Your annual physical and well woman visit is the perfect time to bring them up in a safe, non-judgmental environment.

By participating fully in your own preventive health care, you can ensure you’re healthy and functioning optimally from one year to the next. This can take a lot of pressure off yourself and give you the peace of mind you need to live a happy, full life.

If it’s been longer than a year since your last physical and well woman’s exam, schedule one today by calling Alpha OB GYN or by booking an appointment online today.

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