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What to Expect at Your First Visit

Expect a warm welcome; we get to know you and your health history, it’s also a chance for you to ask us questions and meet your provider. We will need to scan your photo ID and insurance cards. If you have recently changed insurance companies, contact your insurance provider, who may be able to provide you with a temporary card.
Your first visit to Denali OB-GYN includes a complete health history with a nurse or medical assistant, physical exam and may include a pap smear (depending on your reason for visiting). You can fill out the New Patient Packet and bring it in with you.

Annual Well Woman Exam

Despite changes in recommendations for some tests, like Pap smears, a regular annual exam is strongly recommended. Scheduling an annual health care visit is an opportunity to take charge of your health and is essential to your ongoing health maintenance. Yearly health care visits can help find problems early and prevent problems before they occur. If problems are found early, they may be easier to treat and may be less likely to pose serious risks to your health.
Preventive health care includes the following:

  • Discussion of health topics relevant to your age and risk factors
  • Exams and screening tests
  • Immunizations

A normal annual well-woman exam includes the following:

  • Overall assessment of:
    • Health status and physical activity
    • Menstrual/contraceptive status
    • Sexual health and sexual activity
    • Tobacco, alcohol and drug use
    • The need for periodic health screening tests (examples: Pap test, cholesterol, mammograms)
    • Discussion of specialty-appropriate medications and
  • A gynecologic-oriented physical exam, including:
    • Height
    • Weight
    • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    • Abdominal exam
    • Breast exam
    • Pelvic exam
  • Other tests/exams that may be performed:
    • Vaccinations for flu, human papillomavirus (HPV)
    • Chlamydia and gonorrhea
    • HIV testing

Important Notes:
The intent of the annual well-woman visit is for routine health maintenance. The assumption is that you do not have specific medical problems or conditions. If you wish to discuss additional issues, please let the front desk know so they can schedule additional time for this.
If you are evaluated for a problem-oriented issue by your provider (e.g., infections, sexual dysfunction, abdominal bleeding, back pain, sleeping problems), you or your insurance may be billed separately and in addition to your well-woman visit since problem-oriented visits usually necessitate a separate office visit. Depending on your insurance, you may be responsible for additional fees for the problem-oriented portion of your visit. Please review your insurance coverage for information on what is covered as part of your visit.