Seeing a gynecologist can be nerve-wracking for a lot of patients, but it’s an important part of maintaining and protecting your health and well-being. While some patients may believe they only need to receive gynecological care when they’re pregnant or sexually active, that’s not necessarily true. Here are some of the most common reasons to seek gynecological care.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, it’s recommended to receive a pelvic exam at least once a year. A pelvic exam is an examination of the reproductive organs and urinary tract and is performed to check for discharge, bleeding, pain, or other issues. A pelvic exam is not the same as a Pap smear, which is the examination of the cervix. It’s important to see a gynecologist to ensure your pelvic health is in good shape and to receive treatment for any issues they may find, like a urinary tract infection.
Breast Health Exams
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and many patients receive a breast exam during their gynecology exam. During your breast exam, your GYN will gently feel for any lumps or other potential signs of breast cancer. According to the CDC, there are 242,100 cases of breast cancer diagnosed every year in the United States. Early detection is key, and breast health exams can help.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal condition that can cause cysts on the ovaries, high testosterone levels, high androgen levels, hormonal acne, unwanted hair, and more. PCOS can also put you at greater risk for certain health conditions like Type 2 diabetes. To help reduce your risk of these conditions and to remove any dangerous cysts, diagnosing PCOS is an important step. Your GYN can help you identify the symptoms of PCOS and provide you with any necessary treatment options to help mitigate the symptoms.
On top of gynecological care, your GYN can also help you with family planning. This means they can help you determine the best possible birth control for you, assist patients who may want to conceive, provide pregnancy testing, and more.
These are only a few of the most common reasons why patients seek gynecological care. When you need gynecological services, our team at Care Station Medical Group can help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with a professional and compassionate GYN.