Whether it’s called a wellness exam, well person exam, preventive exam, annual checkup or something else, this annual exam is a yearly reproductive health visit with your health care provider. These visits are an important part of taking care of your health (no matter what your gender identity is or if you are sexually active or not).
What happens during your wellness visit depends on a few things, but the exam may involve checking your height, weight and blood pressure, as well as questions from your provider regarding your medical history and health behaviors, such as your allergies or smoking or drinking habits. The goal of the exam is to give you important information about your personal health, help you prevent illness, and help keep you well. It's also a chance to talk to your health care provider about your period, birth control, STI testing and other aspects of your sexual health.