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Why you shouldn’t wait to call your doctor this month

The New Year might mean plenty of things for you. Maybe this is the year you read more, the year you stick to your exercise routine, or the year you treat yourself. But one action you definitely have to take is scheduling your annual well-woman exam. This check-up is a major component in your breast and ovarian cancer prevention and early detection strategy.

Even though Bright Pink’s official Call Your Doctor Day isn’t until June, why not get a jumpstart to 2017 and begin maintaining your breast and ovarian health by calling this month? After the influx of December patients, January is pretty calm at your OB-GYN office, so you might see your doctor in a few days rather than a few weeks. Here are some tips for calling the office to set up your appointment:

  • Call closer to the beginning of the month. The end of the month gets hectic at the OB-GYN when birth control prescriptions tend to run out and patients need refills ASAP. Avoid getting crowded out by last-minute appointments and call early in the month.
  • Schedule your appointment around popular days and time slots. The most popular days to visit the OB-GYN are Tuesdays and Thursdays, and the most booked times (daily) are 9 a.m., 10 a.m., and 2 p.m. Unless you need to see your doctor at these times, be flexible with the receptionist.
  • Prepare for your visit. Another part of the new year for you might include insurance turnover, so make sure you have your updated info for the receptionist when you arrive (and arrive early!). To calm your nerves for the visit, print out and bring a copy of “5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor” so you know what to talk about. You can also discuss the results from Bright Pink’s Assess Your Risk tool if you take the quiz beforehand.

It takes the same amount of time to call your doctor as it does to brush your teeth — so do both today! (Just not at the same time.)

Bright Pink is dedicated to empowering young women to have life-saving conversations with their doctors about breast and ovarian health. Learn more about how to foster this positive relationship at And don’t forget your printable guide on what to ask your doctor.

Early Detection, Risk-Reduction Lifestyle

What to expect at your Well-Woman Exam

If your annual doctor’s visit causes unwanted nerves and anxiety, you’re not alone. But making time to see your doctor every year, even when you feel healthy, is critical to maintaining your breast and ovarian health. So, in honor of Call Your Doctor Day, we’re breaking down the Well-Woman Exam. Because knowing what to expect can give you peace of mind. And peace of mind counts for a lot.

  • Clinical Breast Exam: You should expect your doctor to thoroughly examine your breast tissue, which extends up your collarbone, around to your armpits, and into your breastbone. Word to the wise: Your doc does this multiple times a day so try not to feel awkward. It’s routine — trust us!
  • Pelvic Exam: During the pelvic exam, your doctor will feel your ovaries to check for signs of ovarian cancer. It may be a tad uncomfortable but it’s important to trust your doctor and relax. Your doctor may also perform a Pap test but Pap tests only check for cervical cancer — not ovarian cancer.
  • Mammogram: Plan to talk to your doctor about starting mammograms at age 40. But, if you have a first-degree relative who was diagnosed with breast cancer, you should schedule your first mammogram when you are 10 years younger than the age at which your relative was diagnosed. So, if your mom was diagnosed at 45, talk to your doctor about starting mammograms at 35.

Helpful tips…

  • Google is great but nothing beats face-to-face. To help guide a powerful doctor-patient conversation, complete our breast and ovarian cancer risk assessment quiz and take your customized results to your next appointment.
  • Under the Affordable Care Act, the annual Well-Woman Exam is completely covered by insurance. So no more excuses, ladies! It’s time to get that appointment on the books.


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