In light of COVID-19, women might consider foregoing their annual OB/GYN appointment, but this may not be a good idea. If you need to see the doctor, you should know that clinics are taking extra cleaning precautions and implementing safety protocols during this time. Not to mention, you would still be wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands often. So, below are eight reasons why you should keep your OB/GYN exam appointment.
1. To Get a Clinical Breast Exam
While you should be giving yourself a self-breast exam every month, you should still have a professional perform this quick exam each year as well to be safe. What you might feel and think is normal, could be something concerning and an expert can catch what you might miss at home.
2.To Check for and Treat a UTI
If you’ve had a urinary tract infection, or UTI, before and are fairly certain you have one again, you might need to take antibiotics to clear it. The doctor can analyze your urine sample to determine if you have a UTI — and prescribe the correct antibiotic to treat it. Further, if you’ve never had a UTI before or you’re experiencing any type of bleeding or pelvic pain, it’s important to see a Gynecologist.
3. To Check for STDs
STDs can cause serious complications, if left untreated, like:
- Chronic pain
- Inflammatory disease
It’s recommended you get annual testing, especially if you’re under 25 years old and sexually active. If you’re over 25, it’s still recommended if you have a new partner, multiple partners, or have exposure concerns.
4. To Discuss Vaccinations
A GYN appointment is a great time to discuss vaccinations like the:
- Flu vaccine
- HPV Vaccine
- Other vaccines
5. To Talk About Birth Control
The method of birth control for you last year might not be ideal this year for you. Newer choices pop up all the time. This is an important discussion to have with your GYN. Plus, if you are using an IUD, you should discuss whether it’s time to change it.
6. To Talk About Menstrual Problems
Your GYN can learn a lot about your health by having a conversation about your period. For instance, do you get a period every month? Is your bleeding consistent? Do you bleed in between your periods? Questions like these can help give your GYN a hint if something’s wrong.
7. To Get a Pelvic Exam
Generally, pelvic exams are looked at as life-saving appointments since they can reveal any medical conditions that require treatment. Your OB/GYN appointment is the ideal time to learn about ways to reduce health risks and live a healthy lifestyle.
8. To Discuss Mental Health and Wellness
It’s not uncommon for women to experience emotional issues. It’s essential you talk with your doctor about any emotional problems whether it’s early in your life, after a pregnancy, driven by perimenopause or menopause, or not driven by anything at all. A well-woman exam allows you to discuss how you’re feeling.
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