Annual Well-Woman Visit
Dr Danie Schneider
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Somerset West

Annual Well-Woman Visit

Every woman should have the freedom to choose the gynaecology service that best suits her wellness needs. Your healthcare needs change and vary throughout life and a well-woman examination is one of the most important ways you can protect your health.

During the visit your health and lifestyle will be discussed in a confidential environment with Dr Schneider. If necessary, a physical examination of your breasts and pelvis will be done in a sensitive manner.

Did you know…..?

  • The American College lists 21 reasons to visit a gynaecologist before you turn 21?
  • The annual well-woman visit is not only important because you need screening for breast and gynaecological cancers, but it is also an opportunity to discuss, with a professional, prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, birth control, concerns about sex, weight control and pre-pregnancy planning.
  • If necessary, you can discuss fertility and ask for information about ovulation and ways to improve your chances of conception.
  • Later, you will probably need to know more about menopause, coping naturally or using hormonal supplementations to manage the symptoms.
  • Annual visits ensure you can maintain a healthy lifestyle and adopt habits that promote overall long-term health.

Frequently asked questions

Why should I go to a gynaecologist for the annual visit?

A gynaecologist is the only medical professional dedicated to providing women’s healthcare while being governed by professional organisations advocating the highest standards of practice. Gynaecologists are trained to provide comprehensive care to women of all ages and are the only group of medical professionals who can do all the appropriate tests as well as surgical procedures, if necessary. By building up a trusting relationship with Dr Schneider during regular visits, you will reap the benefits over time should abnormalities in your personal health arise.

Is it necessary to visit my gynaecologist annually?

International guidelines recommend that you should start your well-woman healthcare examinations at the age of 19, and that your annual examinations, including pap smears, should start when you reach 21. At 30, you will still need breast and pelvic exams yearly, but pap smears may be performed less frequently depending on your specific health needs and risks.