A gynecologist is a doctor who specializes in women’s health, with a focus on the female reproductive system. Gynecologist deal with a wide range of health issues including obstetrics, pregnancy, childbirth, menstruation and fertility issues, menopause, sexually transmitted infections, hormone disorders and others. Woman should see a gynecologist annually for a checkup. If you are unsure if you should see a gynecologist, you can always contact your general practitioner for a consult and they will send for a referral.
When would I need a Gynecologist?
Women should begin to see a gynecologist starting their teenage years, around 13 and 15 years old. It is important to see a gynecologist when one becomes sexually active, experiences very late periods, or if any signs of pelvic inflammatory disease occur, which are pain, fever, and fluid coming from your vaginal that is yellow, gray, or green with a strong smell. For sexually active woman, they may have a pap test done. An appointment with a gynecologist is needed if there are problems with periods, including severe pain, heavy bleeding, long bleeding, or it has stopped coming regularly. See a gynecologist for a missed period after sexual intercourse.
How can a Gynecologist help me?
Gynecologist can help with issues related to pregnancy, fertility, menstruation, and menopause. They also assist with family planning, including contraception, sterilization, and pregnancy termination. They can help deal with sexually transmitted infections, benign conditions of the reproductive tract, premalignant conditions, screening and treatment of cancers of the reproductive tract and the breast, and pregnancy-related tumors. Gynecologists can help with sexuality, including health issues relating to same-sex and bisexual relationships. As you can see, gynecologist can assist in all aspects related to female health and reproductive system.
What should I expect when I see a Gynecologist?
During a visit with a gynecologist, one can expect to cover some of the usual doctor’s check-up list, like checking weight and blood pressure. There may be a genital and breast examination to ensure of no problem lumps or pain. Sometimes a pelvic exam or pap smear test is done during a the visit. One may feel some pressure during these exams, but they should not hurt. During a pelvic exam, the doctor will examine the outer genital area (the vulva) and use a speculum to look inside the vagina and check to make sure the cervix is healthy. It is common for the gynecologist to feel inside to make sure organs like ovaries and uterus feel okay. The Pap test is done by taking some cells from the cervix in order to check for cancerous cells. Feel free to ask any questions or concerns you may have concerning your health.