7 Reasons to See Your GYN Annually
1. Well-Woman Visit
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends women visit their gynecologist yearly for their annual examinations. This exam may include obtaining vitals, performing a pelvic exam, screening for disease and counseling. It helps your gynecologist assess your overall health, and it plays an important role in preventative care for women of all ages.
2. Irregular Periods
It’s important to see your gynecologist any time you experience abnormalities in your monthly cycle. If your period is irregular, painful, heavy, lasts longer than seven days or if you experience spotting between periods, schedule a visit with your physician as soon as possible. These could be signs of an underlying issue such as fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic infection or other serious conditions.
3. Lower Abdominal Pain
Experiencing abdominal pain or discomfort may be a sign that something’s not right, and your gynecologist can help determine the cause. If you experience pelvic pain, sharp abdominal pain, abdominal pain after intercourse or severe menstrual cramps, make an appointment with your gynecologist.
4. Problems Down There
If you notice unusual discharge, vaginal bumps, burning when urinating, vaginal itching or vaginal odor, see your gynecologist ASAP. These types of symptoms could point to a problem such as a urinary tract infection, yeast infection or sexually transmitted disease.
5. Breast Health
Annual breast exams are recommended for women over 40, and younger women with a family history of breast cancer. It’s also important to contact your gynecologist should you experience any unusual issues such as breast pain, lumps or discharge. Your doctor may want you to undergo further screenings such as an ultrasound or mammogram to rule out breast cancer.
6. Birth Control
If you’re sexually active but not wishing to have children, it’s critical to discuss contraception with your gynecologist. Besides the pill, there are many options available such as patches, vaginal rings, IUDs and barrier methods. With your gynecologist’s help, you can find the best method for your lifestyle.
7. Pre-Pregnancy Planning
A preconception visit with your OBGYN is very beneficial if you’re planning to start a family. You can discuss ways to stay healthy and improve your chances to conceive. Any potential risks and medical issues can also be addressed before you become pregnant.
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