No woman looks forward to visiting with an obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN). However, visiting the OB/GYN on a yearly basis is important to both your overall health and feminine specific health. Important reasons why you should continue to visit your OB/GYN or consider going to one can be broken down into several categories.
The first component to any OB/GYN visit, no matter the reason for the visit, is a general physical examination. This includes obtaining standard vital signs, determining body mass index, palpating the abdomen and inguinal lymph nodes, and making an assessment of the patient’s overall health. If something is going on with your body that you are unaware of, a checkup with your OB/GYN could prevent any serious health issues and catch any other health concerns early on.
The main role of the obstetrician is delivering babies. Many women receive care from various medical providers throughout their pregnancy, but building a relationship with your OB/GYN and developing a comfort level with him/her creates a smoother pregnancy process when that time comes.
Annual exams are crucial to a woman’s health. They are the least favorable part of the visit, but if they are not done, serious health effects can occur. These exams include breast exams and pelvic exams. In addition, a pap smear is necessary every few years if not annually.
Birth Control/ Healthy Sex
If you are sexually active, but not yet ready to conceive, your OB/GYN can educate you on what options you have for birth control and give you family planning advice for when you are ready. In addition, OB/GYNs treat and monitor any concerns related to your sexual activity. Any unusual discomfort or pain should be brought to your OB/GYN’s attention.
There are many other health benefits to visiting on OB/GYN, but the above are the most common reasons why you should visit. If you are seeking a new medical provider to address your feminine health needs or are looking to book your first visit with an OB/GYN today, contact the Cool Springs Obstetrics & Gynecology.