Every year, people make New Year's resolutions about eating a healthier diet, exercising regularly and being more productive at work. Well and good. But for many women, they forget one important thing on their list - a regular visit to the OB/GYN. Women may find the idea of having their most private parts checked by another person uncomfortable, but regular check-ups with the OB/GYN is an essential part of living a healthy lifestyle.
Some women think that they should only visit a medical professional if they are pregnant or when they notice something irregular. The cliché may be tired and worn out, but indeed, prevention is much, much better than cure. For example, a manual breast exam performed by an OB/GYN is more effective than a self-check. Then there are some STDs that are asymptomatic or show no signs of infection. It may be awkward or embarrassing to have a doctor check your intimate parts or to tell another person (other than your partner) about details of your sex life, but that is an essential part of the job for your OB/GYN. Women should be reassured that doctors are professionals and in no certain way are they there to pass judgment upon them.
The first hindrance to getting the most out of a visit to an OB/GYN is embarrassment. This can lead a patient to leave out specific details that she finds awkward to tell another person. This is why it is crucial to find the right OB/GYN. Women can ask recommendations from their friends and relatives. They can also ask the assistance of their healthcare provider about expert OB/GYNs near their area.
Check-ups should be done regularly. For healthy women, this may mean going to the OB/GYN at least once a year. Women who have previous issues like irregular menstruation and fibroids and those who are on the pill should visit the doctor at closer intervals. Before scheduling a visit, it is crucial to note specific information like the medication you have been taking and the date of your last menstruation. If you're getting a pap smear, do not schedule it before or after your period and avoid having sex the night before as these can affect the test's accuracy.
If you are sexually active, it is crucial for your OB/GYN to know about your habits in the boudoir especially if you have engaged in unsafe practices with a new partner. STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea do not show symptoms and can only be discovered if you subject yourself to a test. These diseases are easily treated but it is crucial that they are diagnosed and treated early on.
Many OB/GYNs recommend getting the more "embarrassing" stuff out of the way first during the consultation. Sometimes nerves get in the way or people simply forget the important questions they should clarify with their OB/GYN; this is why it is important to list questions and ask them right away.
Women have specific health issues that are peculiar to them. As part of a sound health and wellness plan, a regular visit to an OB/GYN is important.