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Get a Physical Exam Every Year

Do You Get a Physical Every Year?

After running out of birth control pills last week, I called my doctor to ask for a refill. She went ahead and fulfilled my request, but not before I was gently scolded for ignoring an email reminder for my annual exam. I could tell that she preferred I had my annual before she renewed my BC, but probably thought that the consequences of missing a week's worth of pills were too great. The happy ending is that I'm going in for my annual this week. But honestly, my annual exam might have been postponed even longer if I didn't have a doctor that sent me email reminders. Tell me . . .

Paradox28 Paradox28 7 years
I did, but this year when I called to make my appointment because my BC was running out, the nurse just said they would have a doctor send in the refill and call me when they did. I was confused because they normally want me in every year. I was wondering if this had to do with the new guidelines for a pap smear every 2 years now.
amber512 amber512 7 years
Sounds like something for people with health insurance! =P
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I get bloodwork done every year and I have an eye exam done every year as well. I go in for a total physical every other year; my doctor says that as long as nothing is wrong, I can skip a year with my PAP smears (I'm considered extremely low risk when it comes to cervical cancer risk from HPV).
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
There are no Planned Parenthoods around here. :( Do you know of a site that lists free clinics?
andreasharan andreasharan 7 years
danakscully64: There are tons of free women's health clinics that offer free "women's health exams," which includes pap and screenings. Don't let the insurance thing stop you!
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
No, I have no insurance. Up until last year, I was getting paps every year since the age of 18, but those have stopped too because of the insurance issue.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Yes, for the last several years. I've always had excellent results (physical and bloodwork). I'm considering skipping this year, but we'll see.
lblond lblond 7 years
a physical, no. but an annual (ob/gyn) exam, yes.
guavajelly guavajelly 7 years
inlove23 & onlysourcherry thanks! you guys are right. I tend to be really lax and use my age as an excuse, but obviously its not always the case. the one physical i did get was 1-2 years ago, so i guess i am due for another.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
Guava, I don’t mean to jump on you, but it really is a “big deal.” You could have conditions that are treatable now, but could cause infertility or cancer if they go unchecked. The sooner you get everything checked out the better. Most likely you'll find out that you are perfectly fine and you can feel good about your health knowing that you’re okay.
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
to Guavajelly I'm in my early 20's and I make sure I get physical exams every year. I'm not sure if you were talking about your OB (which you defiantly need to go to even if you aren't having sex) or your physician, but either way it's important. You could have (even though it's not common when younger) something like hypertension which could ultimately kill you, and there's no way you can tell without checking your blood pressure. Not trying to scare you, but it's important.
guavajelly guavajelly 7 years
I don't and feel bad about it, i guess. I've only ever had 1 in my whole life. But I am in my early twenties, so no big deal right? I do get my eyes tested every 2 years & my my teeth cleaned every year or 6 month though!
skigurl skigurl 7 years
Yes, I do - I get a pap, breast exam, they weigh me, check my heart, eyes, ears, neck etc. then I ask any questions that have been plaguing me, and get my BC prescription at the same time. I know when it's time to book it when I am almost out of pills (and obviously it's the same month every year so not hard to keep track of). It makes me feel good to know that I've been checked out, am healthy, and never have to worry about stuff.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Whoops, meant OBGYN (currently seeing just an OB :))
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Yes - but just with my OB, not with an internist.
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