There is a common practice wherein women only go to an obstetrician and gynecologist when they’re pregnant, or hoping to be so. However, some valid reasons exist why you should schedule an appointment to an OB/GYN, and make it an annual practice as well. Here are some of them.
Some may think that seeing a doctor is only necessary when they find something wrong or worrying. While check-ups may be expensive depending on your country’s or state’s health care system, your well-being is not something you want to skip, lest you risk regretting it later.
Your doctor should be your right-hand when it comes to issues of women’s wellness. They will serve as go-to experts for all aspects: providing preventive care, mental health advice, nutrition and diet information, vaccinations and much more. An annual check-up will help in making sure that your body is in tip-top shape.
One of the few tests that you should regularly be getting is a pap smear or a pap test. As uncomfortable as the procedure may be to some, it’s essential to women of 21 or older. A pap smear serves as a screening test for cervical cancer. Scheduling yourself for one consistently may be the key to preempting the dreaded c-word.
Many of those who haven’t gone for one lately or at all may dread the sight of the much-hated speculum. However, new advancements in equipment have made the less painful. While you may still feel some discomfort, it is a small price to pay for the benefits that the test gives you.
Similar to a pap smear, scheduling regular breast exams are also of utmost importance. Specifically, this is recommended for women of the age of 40 and above, as well as younger women whose family has had a history of breast cancer.
While us women should be giving ourselves monthly breast self-exams, going to an expert for a more accurate check-up is ideal. That way, we can make sure that we haven’t overlooked anything or find out if something we may have found is worth worrying about or not.
Any woman who hasn’t experienced menstrual cramps and PMS has lived a pretty good life. For us others, however, we have to deal with issues every time our good old “Aunt Flo” comes around. While often, a hot compress, few painkillers, chocolate, and cuddling help alleviate the pains and aches we face, there are times where nothing seems to help much.
When pain becomes too much to bear, or if you’re experiencing unusual irregularities with your cycle, it’s time to see an OB/GYN. They will be able to figure out what’s causing any of your menstrual troubles. They’ll also be able to offer up any advice for minor issues and questions that you may have.
Fertility Concerns and Options
Obstetricians and gynecologists aren’t just doctors for women who are pregnant. Whether you’re only looking towards getting pregnant or if you are trying to prevent so from happening, they’re the experts you should see.
When planning for a family, your doctor can provide preconception counseling, helping you stay healthy when trying to conceive or your potential alternatives if you have trouble doing so. It is likewise the time to find out about any difficulties you may face while pregnant.
Moreover, an OB/GYN can also give you advice regarding birth control and contraception if you’re not ready to start a family yet. In many places, female birth control options may not be readily available unless advised or prescribed by a doctor.
Make sure to visit an OB/GYN soon. Remember, it’s better to prevent than to cure diseases. Health is wealth.