Female Physical Exam

A woman's annual exam might include:

  • Breast exam. Feeling for abnormal lumps may detect breast cancer or benign breast conditions. The doctor will also check the lymph nodes in the underarm area and look for visual abnormalities of the breasts and nipples.
  • Pelvic exam: The pelvic exam allows examination of the vulva, vagina, cervix, uterus and ovaries. Routine checks for sexually transmitted infections are often done. A Pap test and HPV test can screen for cervical cancer and help assess risk and STD screening.

History, about your health, lifestyle behaviors like smoking, excessive alcohol use, sexual health, diet, and exercise. The doctor will also check on your vaccination status and update your personal and family medical history.

Vital Signs. These are some vital signs checked by your doctor: Blood pressure, Heart rate, Respiration rate, and Temperature.

Heart Exam, Lung Exam, Head and Neck Exam. Ears, Nose, Sinuses, Eyes, Lymph Nodes, Thyroid, and Carotid arteries may also be examined. Also, Abdominal Exam, Neurological Exam, Dermatological Exam, Extremities Exam.