Seeing your gynecologist for regular visits is vital to maintaining your overall health. At Advanced Obstetrics & Gynecology, LLC, we encourage patients to communicate openly with their doctors and are happy to answer any questions you may have. Jotting down any questions you may have before your gynecology appointment can ensure you don’t forget to discuss any issues or concerns you may have about your sexual health. These common questions can help you get the most out of your first gynecology appointment, whether you’re a woman seeing a new doctor or a teen visiting a gynecologist for the first time.
It’s important to regularly examine your breasts and surrounding tissues for lumps. Many women forget to perform their own exams or think that seeing their gynecologist once a year is enough. However, regularly examining your breasts on your own may help you find breast cancer early and detect other problems. Your doctor will show you how to do a proper self-exam and advise you on what to feel for specifically. If you have any other questions or concerns about your breast health, make sure to discuss them with your women’s health care provider at your gynecology appointment.
Today, there are more birth control options than ever before. Each type of contraceptive works in a different way, so it’s essential to ask questions and stay informed about your choices. It’s important for teens and women to understand how each method of birth control works so they know how to use it properly. Your health care provider will thoroughly explain your options and help you decide which type will work best for your specific needs and lifestyle.
Normal vaginal discharge is usually clear or milky-looking and helps flush old cells from your system. Excessive discharge or changes in color, consistency, or odor could be signs of an infection such as bacterial vaginosis or a yeast infection. If you notice these types of changes or experience intense itching or burning, make a gynecology appointment as soon as possible.
Although most women have heavy periods and cramps once in a while, some experience periods so heavy and pain so severe that they become incapacitated during their period. Each person is different, and it can be tough to know what’s normal if you don’t ask your doctor. Heavy bleeding that requires changing pads or tampons every hour or two or bleeding that lasts more than a week is called menorrhagia. However, heavy bleeding doesn’t always signal a problem. It can mean your body is getting ready for menopause but may be a symptom of fibroid tumors or other health conditions. Talking to your doctor can help you find effective solutions to treat these conditions. Hormonal contraceptives can provide significant relief for some women who experience painful, long-lasting, heavy periods.
There are many different types of STIs. If left untreated, they can lead to serious health problems such as cervical cancer and pelvic inflammatory disease. While discussing your sexual activity with your doctor may make you feel uncomfortable or anxious, a good gynecologist will put you at ease, listen to your concerns, and provide information. Even if you’re married or in a committed relationship, it’s still a good idea to get tested for certain STIs. Talk with your doctor to determine how frequently you should be tested for them.
Leaking urine when you laugh, cough, or sneeze is a sign of urinary incontinence (UI), which is a common problem in women. UI affects 30% to 50% of women and can be caused by pregnancy, vaginal delivery, surgery, radiation, or injury. Medications, pelvic floor exercises, or minimally invasive surgery may be recommended to treat urinary incontinence, depending on its cause.
Insufficient lubrication, infection, thinning of the vaginal walls due to hormonal changes during menopause and endometriosis are common causes of painful sex. Gynecologists have seen and heard it all, so if you are having issues with pain during sex, don’t hesitate to be candid with your gynecologist about the problem. Treatment solutions that can help you enjoy sex again range from using lubricant when having intercourse to Mona Lisa Touch, a gentle, noninvasive procedure that rejuvenates the tissues of the vaginal canal.
To learn more about how regular gynecology visits can help you maintain optimal health, contact Advanced Obstetrics & Gynecology, LLC, to schedule an appointment today.