Why Go to the OBGYN?
On this year’s World AIDS Day (December 1, 2017), we’ll take a few moments to reflect on reproductive health. We will answer the question “What is an OBGYN?” and give reasons why you should visit one. A gynecologist, also known as OBGYN, is a doctor that specializes in women’s reproductive health.
What Can Gynecologists Do for You?
When you visit our gynecologists, they will:
- Help you to understand the way your reproductive system works
- Teach you what a normal vaginal discharge should be and how to tell if there’s a problem
- Teach you what to do to protect yourself when you have sex
Reasons to Go to a Gynecologist
If you’re still wondering whether you need to visit a gynecologist or you’re asking, “How can I find a cheap OBGYN clinic near me,” then you should consider some of the following reasons why your visit will be very rewarding:
To Check for STDs
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are diseases that are caused by different types viruses and bacteria that stay in the genitals of an infected person. This means you can get STDs via sexual intercourse or by putting your hand, mouth or genitals on an infected person. Your gynecologist can help determine if you have an STD — especially if you have symptoms like itching, pain, abnormal vaginal discharge or sores.
To Make Sure You’re Not Pregnant
If you’ve been having sex and you suddenly stop having your period, you need to visit your gynecologist. You may be in a relationship with a steady lover, or you may have had a casual sexual relationship with someone. Anyhow, it’s better to visit your OBGYN quickly for a pregnancy test so you can confirm if you’re pregnant or not.
To Learn How to Get Birth Control
As soon as you’re sexually active, you need to take steps to prevent unwanted pregnancies, especially if you’re not ready to have a baby. Your gynecologist will be happy to have a counseling session with you. They’ll provide you with a variety of birth control techniques and show you how to use them effectively.
To Discuss Menstrual Problems
If you notice that your menstrual cycle has suddenly become irregular, if you bleed for a long time, or some months pass without seeing your period, you need to visit your gynecologist immediately. Ignoring such symptoms may lead to serious reproductive issues in the future.
To Get Breast Exams
Gynecologists can help you conduct a thorough breast exam. Breast exams are particularly important when you’re over 40. But you may need to do them more often if you have a history of breast cancer cases in your family. If you’re over forty and you have had a breast cancer exam within the last six months, it’s time to book an appointment with your gynecologist.
To Get a Pap Smear/Pelvic Exam
It’s quite important to get a pelvic exam if you’re above the age of 21 years. Pelvic exams are particularly necessary when you have pelvic pain, delayed childbearing, strange vaginal discharge and menstrual disorders. Also, going for a pap smear can help you reduce the risk of cancer and many other health problems.
For Checkups After Sex
Should you visit your OBGYN after every time you have sexual intercourse? No. But you should visit your gynecologist for sexually related issues, especially when you notice that sex is very painful, you miss your period after sex, or you discover strange symptoms on your genitals. Most sexually related problems can be treated effectively when you respond quickly.
Come to Us!
At Hamilton Healthcare, we offer specialized services to care for all women’s reproductive and family health issues, including annual exams, birth control prescriptions, prevention of STDs and family planning services. Give us a call at (717) 232-9971 to book an appointment with our gynecologist today.