Posts for: April, 2022
When should you turn to a gynecologist for care?
A gynecologist is an important medical professional for all women to have. While the pandemic has certainly put a halt to how regularly we see certain doctors, particularly gynecologists, it’s important that women aren’t putting off these important wellness checks with their gynecologists.
When and how often does a teenager need to visit a gynecologist?
Your age and your health are two of the biggest determining factors as to just how often you should see a gynecologist for checkups. Most girls should visit the gynecologist for the first time between the ages of 13-15 years old. This visit is important as it acknowledges that girls have a doctor they can specifically turn to for their reproductive concerns and needs. Rest assured, that most girls will not need a pelvic exam during their first visit.
After this initial exam, a young girl may not need to come back in for another exam for years. This is something to discuss with your daughter’s gynecologist to see when they need to come back in for another preventive checkup. They may also need to come in for an evaluation if they are dealing with irregular menstrual cycles, serious period-related pains or would like to discuss birth control options.
How often do women need to visit a gynecologist?
Most women don’t see their gynecologist as often as they should unless they are dealing with issues or looking to become pregnant; however, these routine checkups are just as important as visiting your regular doctor for an annual wellness check or seeing your dentist twice a year for cleanings. Women over 21 years old should visit their OBGYN once a year for an annual exam, which includes a pelvic and breast exam. Pap tests are performed every 3-5 years depending on your history. Women with HPV will need to come in more regularly for pap tests.
What are some other reasons to visit a gynecologist?
A gynecologist can be invaluable to women of all ages, so it’s important that you have a gynecologist that you can turn to. You should also schedule an appointment with a gynecologist if,
- You’re interested in contraception and want to talk about options
- You’re having menstrual issues (this can be everything from irregular periods to heavy, painful periods)
- You’re experiencing symptoms of an STD
- You are planning to become pregnant or think you might be pregnant
- You’re experiencing distressing symptoms of menopause
If you are experiencing spotting, a missed period or other issues that have you concerned, a gynecologist should be the first doctor you turn to. If it’s also been more than a year since your last checkup, it’s important that you don’t put off this appointment any longer.
To maintain a healthy pregnancy it’s important to turn to an obstetrician for routine care.
If you’ve just taken a pregnancy test and it’s come back positive you may have so many thoughts running through your head. Of course one of the first things you should be thinking about is visiting an OBGYN for your first prenatal visit. Your first prenatal appointment should take place between the sixth and eighth week of your pregnancy. If you think you’re pregnant it’s a good idea to call your OBGYN as soon as possible for an appointment.
What to Expect from Your First Prenatal Visit
If you just received a positive home pregnancy test, or if you’re experiencing pregnancy symptoms and a missed period, it’s a good time to call your OBGYN to set up your first appointment. The first visit with your OBGYN will be used to confirm the pregnancy and to check to make sure you are in the best health possible. We will go through your medical history to determine if there are any pregnancy risk factors we need to be aware of, as well as determine your due date. The first prenatal appointment is always a bit longer than other pregnancy checkups, so plan your schedule accordingly.
Expect your OBGYN to perform certain tests and exams throughout your checkups including,
- Physical exam
- Pelvic exam
- Blood tests
- Genetic testing
We know that the first visit can feel a bit stressful, but we are here to make it as easy as possible for you by preparing you for what to expect. You will need to keep up with routine pregnancy care visits with your OBGYN to maintain a healthy pregnancy.
How Often Should I Come in for Prenatal Care?
If you are between 4-28 weeks you will want to come in at least once a month. If you are between 28-36 weeks you’ll want to increase your visits to every 2 weeks, and once you reach the 36-week of your pregnancy, you’ll want to come in once a week. We will talk to you more about your prenatal schedule when you come in for your first checkup.
As soon as you suspect or find out that you’re pregnant, the first call you should make is to your OBGYN. These prenatal visits are important for all expectant mothers, even women who are otherwise healthy. These visits ensure that both you and your unborn baby stay healthy.