Gynecologic care is sometimes neglected due to many reasons but getting regular gynecologic care is extremely important for women to treat and prevent problems involving the reproductive system.
Going to a gynecologist (GYN) can seem intimidating or scary but it is very important for anyone with female reproductive organs to get regular gynecologic care. Seeing a gynecologist will help address any sexual or reproductive health questions or concerns you may have. Getting regularly scheduled cervical cancer screenings is also an important aspect of seeing a gynecologic care provider. Cervical cancer is very preventable and treatable if diagnosed in the early stages. Women may have many questions such as, “Why do I need to go to a gynecologist?” or “What does a gynecologist do?”. Let’s dive into those questions and what to expect from an appointment with a gynecologist.
What is a Gynecologist?
A gynecologist is a doctor who is trained in women’s reproductive health. This field can cover anything from periods, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), cancer screenings, menopause, and more.
Why Do I Need to Go to a Gynecologist?
It is recommended that anyone with female reproductive organs should start seeing a gynecologist when they become sexually active or before the age of 21. In most circumstances, a gynecologist appointment is recommended yearly if you are healthy and not experiencing any issues. A gynecologist can address birth control options, menstruation problems, STDs, sex, menopause, cervical cancer screenings, and more.
What Should I Expect at a Gynecologist Visit?
At an appointment with a gynecologist, you will be asked medical questions including questions about your periods and sexual activity. You may be asked to give a urine sample. If you are comfortable, they will do a breast exam and pelvic exam. A pelvic exam involves being unclothed and the doctor using a speculum to examine the vagina.
What is the Difference Between a Gynecologist and an Obstetrician?
A gynecologist does not treat pregnant women or deliver babies. An obstetrician treats pregnant women and delivers babies but does not treat other gynecologic issues. In many cases, a doctor may be both a gynecologist and an obstetrician (OB/GYN) meaning they can see both pregnant women, deliver babies, and non-pregnant women.
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