Well Woman Exam Specialist

Jacqueline Bracy, MD

Gynecologist located in Glendora, CA

STDs like HPV worsen over time and can cause serious complications if not treated early; however, Jacqueline Bracy, MD, in Glendora, California, can catch these types of problems early at an well woman exam. She stresses the importance of routine visits for women to maintain their reproductive and pelvic health. To schedule a well woman exam, call Dr. Bracy’s office today.

Well Woman Exam Q & A

Why should you have a well woman exam?

At a well woman exam, Dr. Bracy is able to detect diseases early before they worsen. An early diagnosis is key to preventing serious complications, such as cervical cancer. It’s also important to have regular clinical breast exams to screen for breast cancer as well as pelvic exams, both of which Dr. Bracy performs during a well woman exam. If any abnormalities are found during the exam, she will order the appropriate testing to help address the issue.

Dr. Bracy will review of your medical history, ask questions about your reproductive health and determine if there are any other issues that need to be addressed.

What happens at a well woman exam?

A trip to the gynecologist’s office isn’t as intimidating as you might think when you visit Dr. Bracy because she genuinely cares about the health of women. The visit begins with her discussing your health concerns. Her compassionate and nonjudgmental nature create an environment where you feel comfortable enough to talk about what’s happening with your body.

After the discussion, you lie down on the exam table so Dr. Bracy can feel your organs from the outside. She then helps you get into a comfortable position for your pelvic screening to perform a Pap test. Using a speculum, she opens your vaginal region in order to view your cervix.

Then, Dr. Bracy uses a plastic spatula-like device and swab to collect a sample of your cervical cells to test for any abnormal cells. Afterward, she places two fingers inside of your vagina to examine you for any lumps or other abnormalities.

Are you able to receive birth control at a well woman exam?

If you would like to discuss birth control options, during your well woman exam is an ideal time to do so. Dr. Bracy asks how long you would like to prevent pregnancy as well as questions regarding your health and sexual tendencies. Based on your answers, she may recommend an oral contraceptive, otherwise known as “the pill,” which you take every day to prevent pregnancy.

For a more long-term and convenient option for birth control, Dr. Bracy might recommend:

  • The shot - an injectable form of progestin
  • An implant in your arm that releases progestin
  • A vaginal ring that releases estrogen and progestin
  • Intrauterine device (IUD) - a small device placed in the uterus that prevents pregnancy

Schedule a well woman exam with Dr. Bracy to keep your reproductive system healthy.