Well Woman Exam Specialist

Care and Cure AZ

Sandhya Venugopal, MD

Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in Phoenix, AZ

An annual well woman exam is a critical part of your health care because it focuses on concerns unique to you as a woman. At Care and Cure AZ in Phoenix, Arizona, primary care physician Sandhya Venugopal, MD, understands women’s health needs, and she’s here to help you stay healthy and vibrant at every stage of your life. Call the office or book your appointment using online scheduling.

Well Woman Exam Q&A

What does a well woman exam include?

At Care and Cure AZ, your well woman exam is an annual checkup in which Dr. Venugopal evaluates your whole-body and reproductive system health. Your exam generally includes:

  • Blood pressure check (screening for hypertension)
  • Weight check
  • Pulse measurement
  • Heart check
  • Lung check
  • Pelvic exam
  • Clinical breast exam

Depending on your age and needs, you may also have:

  • Pap smear testing
  • Urine tests 
  • Blood tests
  • Vaccinations, such as the HPV vaccine 

You discuss contraception and family planning with Dr. Venugopal if you're of childbearing age. If you're sexually active or have been since your last appointment, you can expect to talk about how to protect yourself against sexually transmitted disease and undergo STD testing. 

At Care and Cure AZ, Dr. Venugopal personalizes your care depending on what you need. She asks a variety of questions about your menstrual cycle, sexual habits, lifestyle, and general wellness to make sure that you get the most tailored women’s health care. 

What are the options for birth control?

There are many different methods of birth control today, including both hormonal and nonhormonal methods. Dr. Venugopal offers a variety of prescription birth control options, including oral contraceptives and other alternatives that she can explain. 

If you need an intrauterine device (IUD), Dr. Venugopal refers you to a trusted physician who specializes in IUD placement. 

Do I still need well woman exams after I start menopause?

Yes, well woman exams at Care and Cure AZ are still important, even after your childbearing years are over. Dr. Venugopal helps you through the menopause transition, including hormone replacement and other support, when you need it. 

She also provides ongoing sexual wellness support throughout your menopause and postmenopause years. Even though you can't get pregnant after menopause, you can still get a sexually transmitted disease.

You also need clinical breast exams regularly after menopause, and they’re an important part of your well woman exams. Women need mammograms every 1-2 years during and after menopause. Dr. Venugopal refers you to a trusted provider for mammograms.

For comprehensive women's wellness care from a supportive female physician, call the Care and Cure AZ office in Phoenix or book an appointment with the online scheduling tool.