When it comes to being healthy, we try and do our best. We watch what we eat, exercise and visit our doctors annually. However, for women, seeing a general practitioner once a year isn’t always enough. In order to stay well, most women should be visiting a gynecologist annually. Learn how a gynecologist is a vital part of every woman’s health.
What Is Gynecology?
Gynecology is a specific branch of medicine, dedicated to the study and treatment of the female reproductive system. This includes the uterus, ovaries, cervix, fallopian tubes, vagina, vulva and breasts. A gynecologist is generally both a medical doctor and a surgeon who diagnoses, treats and helps prevent conditions in these areas of a woman’s body.
Why Should I See a Gynecologist?
Some women think that seeing their primary care physician once a year is enough. While it is important, every woman should still be seeing a gynecologist. Even if your primary physician offers similar services as your gynecologist (like pelvic exams or Pap smears) a regular gynecological visit is still important. A gynecologist offers complete healthcare solutions for women and has an in-depth understanding of complex gynecological issues. Just some of the areas a gynecologist can help with include:
- Abnormal periods
- Pelvic floor dysfunctions
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Detection of certain cancers
- Menopause treatment
When Should I See a Gynecologist?
This varies for every woman. Some young girls may visit a gynecologist as soon as they start menstruating in order to discusses changes in their bodies and other concerns. However, it is generally recommended that women visit their gynecologist once a year after they become sexually active or after they turn 21. While you may not need a Pap smear every year, it is still important to visit your gynecologist for an annual “well woman” exam. During this exam, your gynecologist will ensure your overall gynecological health as well as answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Providing Care For All Women
At OB-GYN Women’s Centre, we are passionate about women’s health. That’s why we provide comprehensive gynecological services for all women. Isn’t it time you took control of your health care? Call OB-GYN Women’s Centre today!