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Well Woman Exam:
An annual exam is part of your health care. If it has been more than 12 months, please contact your health care provider to schedule an exam.
What is an annual exam?
An annual exam is a once-a-year visit to your primary care provider for a general health check, including a breast exam and pap smear. An annual exam visit does not include discussion of new problems or detailed review of chronic conditions. Annual exams are also called routine check-up, yearly exam, annual pap, and preventive visit.
Please schedule a separate appointment if you have health concerns other than your routine physical exam. Examples are:
What happens if you have a new health problem when you come for your annual exam?
You and your provider will need to decide whether to use the time that day to address your problem, in which case your annual exam visit can be rescheduled. Or you may choose to go ahead with your annual exam, and to defer the health concern to another visit. Scheduled appointment times do not allow for both.
Primary Care Provider (PCP)
If your PCP is outside our clinic, we will do only a women's health-focused visit that addresses gynecological issues (includes a breast and pelvic exam) rather than a full preventive medicine visit.
Under the Washington Women's Health Act, you may self-refer to any gynecologic condition. Confirm this when you meet with your provider. If you are self-referring for women's health care, make sure you are scheduled for a "pap/pelvic/breast" exam.
Insurance Coverage Issues:
Women's Health Care Center
University of Washington Medical Center-Roosevelt
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