Healthcare provider with patient discussing the importance of annual checkups for women's health

The Importance of Annual Checkups for Women's Health: Insights from OBGYN Dr. Kenosha Gleaton

Written on May 6, 2024 by Dr. Kenosha Gleaton. To give you technically accurate, evidence-based information, content published on the Everlywell blog is reviewed by credentialed professionals with expertise in medical and bioscience fields.

As women, we often juggle multiple responsibilities – from work and family to social obligations. In the midst of our busy lives, it's easy to overlook our own health needs. However, prioritizing regular checkups is crucial for maintaining our well-being and catching potential health issues early on. In this blog post, Dr. Kenosha Gleaton, an OBGYN, highlights the significance of annual checkups for women's health.

The Preventive Power of Annual Checkups

Annual checkups serve as a cornerstone of preventive healthcare for women. During these appointments, healthcare providers like myself can conduct comprehensive assessments to evaluate various aspects of your health. From blood pressure and cholesterol levels to cervical cancer screenings and breast exams, these checkups offer an opportunity to detect and address potential health concerns before they escalate.

Monitoring Women-Specific Health Concerns

Women's bodies undergo unique changes throughout their lives, from puberty to pregnancy and menopause. Annual checkups provide a platform for discussing and monitoring these women-specific health issues. Whether it's discussing menstrual irregularities, contraception options, or addressing symptoms of menopause, regular visits with your healthcare provider ensure that your health needs are being met at every stage of life.

Detecting Silent Health Threats

Some health conditions may not present obvious symptoms in their early stages, making them challenging to detect without routine screenings. For example, cervical cancer often develops silently until it reaches advanced stages. However, with regular Pap smears and HPV tests during annual checkups, we can detect abnormal changes in the cervix early on, significantly improving treatment outcomes.

Managing Chronic Conditions

For women living with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, or thyroid disorders, annual checkups play a crucial role in disease management. These appointments allow us to monitor your condition closely, adjust treatment plans as needed, and provide necessary support and guidance to help you live your healthiest life possible.

Empowering Women to Take Charge of Their Health

Ultimately, annual checkups empower women to take an active role in their health and well-being. By prioritizing regular visits to your healthcare provider, you're investing in your long-term health and ensuring that you can continue to thrive and pursue your passions with vitality and vigor. If getting to the doctor is challenging for you, telehealth companies like Everlywell offer at-home lab tests and virtual appointments to make staying on top of your health as convenient as possible.


As an OBGYN, I cannot overemphasize the importance of annual checkups for women's health. These appointments serve as a proactive approach to safeguarding your well-being, enabling early detection of health issues, and providing essential support and guidance throughout your life. Remember, your health is your most valuable asset – prioritize your wellness today.

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