If you’re one of those women who are aware that they should see a gynecologist regularly but are still not making it a priority, it’s about time you make up your mind.
Even if you’re not sexually active, or you think you don’t have anything to worry about, it’s important to see your gynecologist for checkups every year – but why? Below are some of the reasons.
Screen for Cervical Cancer
Annual gynecology exams often include a Pap smear, which detects cell changes indicative of cervical cancer or the likelihood of developing it in the future and gives you the best chances of a cure.
Pap tests are typically performed every three years, but you may need to have one more frequently if you have certain risk factors, such as your age, family history of cervical cancer, your sexual and reproductive history, or if you have an active human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.
Check for Problems with Your Uterus and Ovaries
Another reason an annual gynecology exam is important is that it allows your doctor to check for any lumps or irregularities in your uterus and ovaries and recommend prompt and appropriate intervention to reduce your risk for potentially irreversible problems.
Screen for Breast Cancer
A gynecologic visit also includes a thorough breast exam in which your doctor feels your breast to check for lumps or hard spots. Depending on the results of your breast exam, your doctor may have you undergo further diagnostic tests, such as a mammogram or ultrasound, to confirm or rule out malignancy.
Discuss Your Birth Control Options
Your gynecologist can help you determine the suitable birth control method for you based on your individual preferences, lifestyle, overall health, and other factors. Your doctor may recommend any of the following options:
- Birth control pills
- Birth control shot
- Intrauterine device
- Vaginal ring
Plan a Pregnancy
If you want to try for a baby, your gynecologist can perform a fertility evaluation as well as review your health history. If everything checks out, your gynecologist may suggest a pre-conception consultation, so you can plan your pregnancy in greater detail.
Prevent Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)
If you are at risk for STD, your doctor can provide nonjudgmental guidance on safe sex practices as well as recommend the necessary tests.
Trusted Gynecologist in Syracuse, New York
At University OB/GYN Associates, our team includes board-certified gynecologists who pride themselves on their dedication that goes beyond providing outstanding medical care. We offer emotional support and equip women with all the resources necessary to achieve optimal sexual and reproductive health. Whether you see us because you’re experiencing symptoms of a potentially serious illness or you are working toward building a family, our providers are here for you every step of the way!
For more information about our gynecology services or to schedule an appointment for a well-woman exam, call us today at (315) 464-5162.