Making space in your busy life for a checkup at the doctor seems like it’s just not worth the time, right? Especially without having a specific symptom or health concern, why spend the hour and a half to get there, wait, see a doctor you hardly know, and leave again. It feels like you’ve got better things to do with your time off or your vacation hours at work.
The second week in August is National Health Center week, and because we’re a practice focused on women, we’re of course going to share with you how regular visits to a gynecologist is worth your time.
Why You Should Come on Down
- $1· You can’t check inside your own vagina for possible issues!
- $1· If you end up with any abnormalities or issues that need to be treated, a gynecologist is much more experienced with specific situations to your reproductive health than a general MD might be.
- $1· A gynecologist practice is more than just a pap smear and breast exam; we offer screening for depression, osteoporosis, bladder disease, gastrointestinal issues, and sexually transmitted diseases.
- $1· If you have more than one sexual partner in a year, you can develop a lesion on your cervix, which could contain HPV, the virus that causes cervical cancer. An annual check can catch any precancerous signs early.
- $1· You have many, many options for contraception, and your gynecologist will be the most well-versed in the possibilities, depending on your health and your preferences.
- $1· If you’ve ever had an abnormal pap smear, this is a sign that you should religiously get annual checks to catch anything that might develop.
- $1· Your gynecologist can treat you as an individual, getting to know you and your health history, as well as your goals. Whether its hormonal changes, getting pregnant, or symptoms you probably shouldn’t ignore down there, a gynecologist is the best person to walk you through it.
- $1· Symptoms such as bleeding after sex, painful intercourse, any complaints about your breasts (such as pain or lumpiness, not size!), bladder infections, or issues with menopause mean you should set up a quick appointment to help address the concerns.
While we know its hard to cram everything you need to do as well as some things you want to do into your hectic life, an annual appointment can help with early detection of so many health concerns and help you address any issues that crop up. Plus, gynecologists usually have a rare sense of humor that’s worth chatting with them!
To make sure your health is on the right track, schedule a visit today by clicking below. If you’re concerned about any emotional roller coasters you’ve been on lately, it could be your hormones. You can find out more about them in our free webinar, here. We look forward to hearing from you!
Dr. Julie Drolet