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A visit to gynecology is recommended for annual screening and at any time a woman has concerns about symptoms such as vaginal pain, discharge, abnormal bleeding.
Most women know they should see an obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) at some point in their lives in order to maintain good feminine health. However, it can be challenging to get over fears, anxieties or misconceptions about going to gynecologist, while in fact it feels good to know that we are staying on top our health. There are several reasons to see a gynecologist and put your mind at ease.
General Gynaecological Health
Yearly appointments should be on every woman’s calendar. An annual gynecologic exam is a routine checkup to ensure that you are healthy inside and out, It is one the most empowering things you can do for yourself because it can help detect certain health problems and prevent future one from developing, to be confident of your health and wellness at any stage of your life. When it comes to problems, early detection is often critical to successful treatment.
Family planning and birth control
The family planning provides services for women who seek birth control options, management of unintended and abnormal pregnancies, and contraception for women with complex medical problems, difficult IUD/ implant insertion and removal, early pregnancy failure and comprehensive abortion care.
Having a yearly pelvic exam can help detect unusual growths or other changes that may have developed, along with testing possible signs of ovarian cysts and sexually transmitted infection (STI). A pelvic exam is a way to check any signs of illness in the pelvic area which involve the vulva, uterus, cervix, fallopian tube, ovaries, bladder and rectum. Women with issues such as abnormal discharge, menstrual disorders or perimenopause should definitely be seen as soon as possible.
Irregular Menstrual Cycle
The average menstrual cycle lasts 28 days, although it is normal for it to be a bit shorter of longer than this, however, an irregular period can be a sign of a larger health problem. Normal menstrual bleeding lasts about five days, women should report any sign of heavy bleeding during or after menstrual cycle, bleeding after sexual intercourse or bleeding after they have reached menopause. Therefore, it’s important that you see a gynaecologist to obtain an exam.
Pap Smear (cervical cancer screening)
A Pap smear (Pap test) is a procedure to test for cervical cancer in women which should be part of their annual gynecological exam. This test involves collecting cells from your cervix- the lower, narrow end of your uterus at top of your vagina and send to a laboratory to be examined for cancer or other abnormal indicators. Early detection of cervical cancer gives the patient a greater chance for recovery.
Breast Exam (Mammography)
Many people think of a gynecologist as being only for vaginal concerns. However, breast health is also of relevant concern to women. Along with your yearly checkup, you will receive a manual breast exam to check for issues of concern such as irregularities, dimpling tightened skin lumps and discharge. Mammography is done as a diagnostic test to check lumps or other symptoms noticed by the doctor and to check early symptoms of breast cancer.
Sexual intimacy is meant to be an enjoyable experience but when it becomes painful, a woman may try to avoid it which impacts her life and relationship with partner. Dyspareunia is pain at any point during or after intercourse. There are several reasons for Dyspareunia such as insufficient lubrication due to childbirth or breastfeeding, vaginismus or involuntary muscles spasms in the vaginal wall, skin disorders or infections, injury of trauma to vulva, perineum or vagina and other illnesses. Whether the source of the pain is physical or potentially psychological in nature, a gynecologist should be your starting point to discover answers. This intimate act shouldn’t cause physical discomfort.
Please read Dr. Nadia Yousri’s blog on: “Pain During Intercourse (Dyspareunia)?-Non-Surgical Treatment?”
Changes in vaginal Discharge
Most of the time, vaginal discharge is perfectly normal and can vary in odor and color depending on the time in a woman menstrual cycle. However, there are times when vaginal discharge and be abnormal and sign of infection or any other condition. Any change in the vagina balance of normal bacteria can affect the smell, color or discharge texture which can be result of several causes such as bacterial infection, antibiotic use, birth control pills ,cervical cancer, sexually transmitted infection.An internal exam is your best bet for discovering the cause of the issue. Ignoring it or attempting to self-treat can compound the problem such as infertility.
Urinary and fecal incontinence
Urinary and fecal incontinence are pelvic floor disorders, they result in involuntary loss of control of bodily function whether normal voiding reflex for urine or the control of a normal bowel movement, these are disabling condition that are very common especially in older people. There are two types of urinary incontinence which are stress incontinence and urge incontinence. If you experience pain or see blood when you urinate, you should definitely see gynecologist. Blood in the urine or pain isn’t necessarily of medical concern, but it’s always best to find out for sure.
Please read Dr. Nadia Yousri’s blog on: Urinary Incontinence, Non-Surgical Aesthetic Treatments
Obtaining care from an OB/GYN is essential to maternal health. If you’re pregnant, it’s wise to make an appointment as soon as you know or suspect. A gynecologist will monitor your entire pregnancy to be sure everything is on the right track and to address any concerns.