Good health is one of the most, if not the most, important aspect of anyone’s life. With this in mind, women have special needs pertaining to maintaining their health. Gynecologists are doctors specialized in the health of women, particularly with their reproductive organs.
What exactly does a gynecologist do?
A gynecologist is a physician who specializes in women’s reproductive health. The doctor will look at your vagina and cervix using a speculum. During a Pap test, a sample of cells is taken from your cervix with a small brush. This allows the examination of a few cells microscopically for any potentially cancerous cells. To check your internal organs, the doctor will place one or two gloved fingers with lubricant into the vagina and up to the cervix.
During an annual well-woman exam, a gynecologist will perform both pelvic and breast exams. A pelvic exam involves an inspection of the cervix. It is suggested that women have a pelvic exam annually, whether or not they are having a Pap smear. The gynecologist can assess many disorders of the reproductive system through examination.
When should I see a gynecologist?
An annual visit to the gynecologist is recommended for screening every woman. You should also visit the gynecologist if you have concerns about symptoms such as pelvic, vulvar, and vaginal pain or abnormal bleeding from the uterus. Gynecologists commonly treat conditions such as issues relating to pregnancy, fertility, menstruation, and menopause.
Doctors recommend that girls first see a gynecologist when they’re between the ages of 13 and 15. At this age, most girls will not need a pelvic exam.
What should I know before going to the gynecologist?
Before you visit a gynecologist, it is important to remember to be completely honest. You want to develop an open and honest relationship where you feel comfortable to ask questions that would normally make you wriggle and writhe. Patients should make preparations to be open and direct about their health, habits, sexual history, fears, and concerns. Effective and efficient health care only takes place when clear lines of communication and trust are established. The visit is completely condifential, and the topics discussed in the visit are protected by privacy laws.
If you’re concerned about pubic hair, it will reassure you that it is not necessary to shave or wax before your appointment. The primary concern on how to prepare for an exam is to simply be clean, so showering or using a vaginal hygiene wipe prior to your visit is both advised and appreciated.
Try to schedule your appointment when you’re not menstruating. Getting a pap smear during your period can make the results inaccurate due to excess blood. On top of that, hormonal changes during your period can make a breast exam uncomfortable.
Drink some water before you show up as you will need to pee in a cup during your gynecologic exam. When you pee in a cup the gynecologist is able to perform a ‘dipstick’ test of your urine. This simple office test can check to see if you have anything you may be unaware of happening in your body. Finding bacteria can suggest a bladder infection or finding sugar (glucose) may suggest you have diabetes.
If you or someone you know is looking for a Gynecologist, please contact our office to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us at (918) 683-0753 or visit us online at www.ccommedical.com. We are located at 350 South 40th Street, Muskogee, OK 74401.