Going to the gynecologist is something that some women are too embarrassed or nervous to do, while others may choose to leave their pelvic health up to their primary care doctor. Unfortunately, this can lead to unnecessary discomfort. It can also cause a delay in diagnosing and treating any gynecological issues that may arise. Whether you’re a young woman in your teens, have already begun menopause or are somewhere in between, a gynecologist can serve as your first line of defense for your sexual and overall health.
See a Gynecologist to Manage Health Concerns
When a woman is diagnosed with uterine fibroids, PCOS (Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome), scarring, endometriosis or any similar condition, she may become embarrassed and hesitate to continue visiting the gynecologist. While this is a common response to these conditions, it can lead to long-term problems. These issues can cause discomfort and pain, in addition to masking pain from other issues such as ovarian cancer or benign growths. It’s also quite common for women who were told they were infertile to suddenly find out they are pregnant. Maintaining regular visits to the gynecologist can help prevent these types of problems.
The vagina is a self-cleaning system, meaning that most women will only need to maintain regular hygiene to keep their vagina clean and healthy. However, some vaginal issues require medications or changes to your diet to resolve. If you’re suffering from conditions such as recurrent yeast infections or UTIs, seeing a gynecologist, such as one of the specialists at Ciao Bella Medical Center and Spa, can help you get to the root of the issue and resolve it for good.
Even if you are not sexually active, you may decide to become so one day. A gynecologist can also help you with any sexual issues you may be currently experiencing, such as pain during or after sex, dryness, tearing, or the inability to relax your vagina during intercourse (vulvodynia). Even women who only partner with other women need to see a gynecologist for these issues to ensure the healthiest, most satisfying sex life possible.
Disease and Infection Screening
Many people have a strain of the herpes virus and never know it. It’s also possible to have chlamydia, syphilis, a fungal infection, hepatitis or HIV/AIDS with no outward symptoms. You can be symptom-free for decades, spreading the infection to others and having no idea until your symptoms finally manifest or you receive a complaint from a partner. For this reason alone, it’s important for all women who are sexually active or who have ever been sexually active to get their checkups on a regular basis.
One of the most commonly overlooked reasons to see a gynecologist regularly isn’t related to the pelvis at all. A breast health screening is an integral part of every gynecological examination. During your examination, our skilled gynecologists will check for signs of skin irregularities, swelling in your lymph nodes and irregularities in your breast tissue. This is important for catching breast cancer in its earliest stages, when it is most survivable.
Seeing a gynecologist regularly is an important part of your overall wellness. If it’s been awhile since your last exam or you still need to schedule your first appointment with the gynecologist, call Ciao Bella Medical Center and Spa in Newnan, GA today.