When to Visit a Gynecologist and What to Expect

Gynecologists are medical professionals who specialize in women’s health and mainly focus on the female reproductive system. They handle a variety of issues, such as STIs, fertility issues, menstruation, hormone disorders, and pregnancy and childbirth. Overall, experts recommend that you start visiting a gynecologist from around 13 to 15 years and build a relationship with them over time. Doing this will make you more comfortable consulting on issues like sexuality and menstruation. But when exactly is Garden City gynecology necessary, and what should you expect from your appointment?

Reasons to See a Gynecologist

Health experts recommend that you visit a gynecologist at least once a year for an annual screening. You should also set an appointment any time you experience concerning symptoms like painful periods or irregular bleeding. Simply put, a gynecologist is the go-to professional for the following health issues:

  • Fecal and urinary incontinence
  • Breast disorders
  • Fibroids, ovarian cysts, vaginal ulcers, etc.
  • STIs
  • Pregnancy-related tumors and reproductive tract cancers
  • Family planning
  • Menopause, menstruation, fertility, and pregnancy-related issues
  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic inflammatory diseases (PID)

Gynecologists often treat a wide range of medical issues related to the female reproductive system. When they cannot, they will usually refer you to another physician, which means you should consult them first when the problem falls under their purview.

Common Procedures Performed by Gynecologists

Board-certified gynecologists receive highly specialized training and can perform several surgical and diagnostic procedures. In terms of diagnosis, you can visit your gynecologist for ultrasound scanning, hysteroscopy, pap smear tests, and colposcopy, which is an examination of the cervix. Gynecologists also perform endometrial biopsies, which involve collecting samples from the uterus lining.

Their surgical skills can be applied in the following areas:

  • Major surgeries, including removing uterine fibroids
  • Minor surgeries such as sterilization
  • Laparoscopy, which is a keyhole abdominal procedure.
  • Post-op care, including addressing post-surgery complications

In some cases, gynecologists are called in to help with other surgical procedures like bowel obstruction.

Annual Screening

Many women visit a well-woman clinic every year for an annual exam. These exams are designed to keep you updated on your reproductive health and help you minimize your health risks at every age. During the exam, you may be required to provide a urine or blood sample for a screening test. The screening process will include the following:

·         Evaluation, review of medical records, and professional medical advice

·         A physical exam where your gynecologist assesses your overall health, palpitates your inguinal lymph nodes and abdomen, and measures your BMI and vital signs.

·         Immunizations to match your risk factors and age

·         A breast examination

·         A pelvic examination

·         Your gynecologist may also monitor your blood pressure, check your folic acid and calcium levels, and perform a mammography, depending on your age.

Women’s Healthcare of Garden City is dedicated to promoting reproductive health for women of all ages. We do this by providing a wide variety of gynecology services, including in-office STI testing, cervical cancer screening, and annual pelvic exams. Additionally, John Gomes, MD, our board-certified OB/GYN, offers customized treatment plans for issues like infertility, UTIs, and endometriosis. Reach out today by calling our Garden City office or scheduling an appointment online.