You and Your OB/GYN Through the Years Infographic
posted by The Live Better Team | March 17, 2016
Your OB/GYN is more than just the doctor that you see once a year for your annual exam, and visit more frequently throughout pregnancy. This physician will play an important role in your overall health, and will be an essential medical resource for you throughout your entire life.
According to the Center for Disease Control, the average age for a woman to have her first menstrual cycle is 12.5 years. While you do not necessarily have to begin visiting an OB/GYN as soon as you begin menstruating, you should consider making an appointment once you become sexually active. From this point forward, it is recommended that you see your OB/GYN on a regular basis. Throughout your lifetime, according to Web MD, you will discuss a variety of topics related to your reproductive health, including birth control, pregnancy, menstruation and menopause.
“Just as the saying, ‘there is no smoke without fire’ goes, similarly your body may give you subtle warnings that all may not be right. Seeing your OB/GYN can and should be your first defense to protect your body.”
This statement by David Young, MD of Revere Health OB/GYN highlights why it is critical to see an OB/GYN on a regular basis — even if you are not pregnant, not experiencing irregularities with your menstrual cycle, or not yet in menopause. Whether you have a question about Pap smears, or you want to discuss your risks for specific types of cancer, you should be able to have an open and honest discussion with a reliable and trustworthy OB/GYN.
Each stage of your life, you will develop a new and fulfilling relationship with your OB/GYN.
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.