Did you know that up to 15% of couples are unable to conceive, and that men are just as likely to be infertile as women? Your reproductive health is essential to your ability to make important choices in your life, including when and whether to have children.
A reproductive health physician can help you and your partner with fertility issues, as well as issues involving birth control, menstruation, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and chronic health problems such as endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome. That is why it is important to partner with a reproductive health specialist who can provide medical evaluations and individualized advice for you.
Let’s talk about why an OB/GYN (obstetrician/gynecologist) is vital to your overall healthcare, and where you can go here in Syracuse for outstanding fertility treatment and gynecological care.
Why Do I Need a Reproductive Health Physician?
There are several key reasons why you should schedule routine visits (usually annually) with a trusted reproductive health physician:
- To prevent sexually transmitted diseases and complications. Your reproductive health physician can provide you with accurate, up-to-date, and nonjudgmental sexual and reproductive health information, including safe sex practices to protect you from contracting an STD. Many STDs can cause genital warts, pelvic pain, and even cancer if they are not diagnosed and promptly treated by a medical doctor.
- To diagnose and treat sexual and reproductive health issues as early as possible. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in five people in the U.S. currently has an STD. Plus, some STDs such as gonorrhea and chlamydia do not exhibit symptoms, like pain or fever, which are typical with other infections – so you could go for years with an undiagnosed and untreated STD. The problem is that this can lead to long-term pelvic pain and infertility. By undergoing regular physical examinations with a reproductive health physician, you can reduce your risk of infection, prevent the spread of a diagnosed STD, and avoid permanent damage to your reproductive organs. Your doctor can also administer a human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination to provide lasting protection against HPV infections, which can cause cancer.
- To safeguard your future reproductive alternatives and remain fertile. Whether you are planning to start a family or not, you and/or your partner need to monitor your sexual and reproductive health to protect your future fertility. The best way to do that is to get routine OB/GYN screenings and regular examinations with a qualified reproductive health physician.
Reproductive Health Services in Syracuse, New York
At University OB/GYN Associates, our staff of skilled reproductive health physicians are committed to providing you with compassionate healthcare and the most up-to-date treatments and testing at every stage of your life. That includes guiding you through the evaluation and treatment process to help you achieve a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
In addition to fertility and reproductive endocrinology, our doctors and advanced practice providers are specially trained in all aspects of gynecology, obstetrics, breast health, and gynecologic oncology. Our extensive services include urogynecology, pelvic reconstructive surgery, and maternal and fetal medicine.
To learn more and to get started toward optimum reproductive healthcare, call us today at (315) 464-5162 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to being your OB/GYN partner!