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May 8, 2018 | OB/GYN
The female body requires attentive and experienced care, and women everywhere are lucky enough to have doctors within the OB/GYN practice to assist them with everything they might need in this area. OB/GYN doctors, short for obstetrics (a physician who delivers babies) and gynecology (a physician who deals with the health of female reproductive organs), can assist in a wide variety of areas. Here are some of the areas that make yearly OB/GYN visits important for women.
Hopefully you’ve learned to give yourself a self-breast exam every month without the help of a medical professional, but having this done in a clinical setting once a year is also important. A clinical exam can confirm you didn’t miss anything on your self-checks and be sure you have no signs of breast cancer or other issues to be concerned about. If you do not know how to conduct a self-exam, ask your doctor for instruction.
Your OB/GYN doctor can be your primary health provider and help you with other areas of care, including:
You can discuss things like the consistency of your menstruation, heaviness, any discomforting symptoms, and any bleeding in between periods.
Talk to your OB/GYN about concerns with your sexual health. S/he can help manage sexually transmitted infections, infertility, pain during sex, birth control and any other areas you need help with.
An OB/GYN can also provide significant expertise when it comes to birth control. Technology is always advancing in the medical field, and there might be new and better options available since your last yearly appointment. Women using a prescription method of birth control, including pills, a shot, a patch, IUDs, or a vaginal ring, should have this yearly exam.
Your yearly OB/GYN appointment is also the perfect time to go over important vaccinations, such as for the flu or pneumovax. Younger women should ask about the HPV vaccine at their very first visit, which generally comes around age 18.
Your OB/GYN can be an advocate for your health, so it’s important to visit one annually. Make note of any bleeding, intercourse, breast, or bladder concerns and share them with your OB/GYN.
“Why Women Should Visit the OB/GYN Every Year.” Abington – Jefferson Health. https://www.abingtonhealth.org/healthy-living/health-news/library/articles-related-to-womens-health-/why-women-should-visit-the-obgyn-every-year-/#.WtUaeojwaUk
“Nine Reasons to Visit your OBGYN Annually.” Penn Medicine. https://www.pennmedicine.org/updates/blogs/womens-health/2016/august/nine-reasons-to-visit-your-obgyn-annually
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.