7 reasons to see a gynae
Thinking of seeing a gynecologist (gynae)? Even though it’s a good idea to visit your gynae to maintain good feminine health, it can be challenging to get over fears, anxieties, or misconceptions about going to the gynae, not to mention the financial limitations. Here are 7 reasons to see one.
Having a yearly pelvic exam can help detect unusual growths or other changes that may have developed, along with testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Irregular menstrual cycle
An irregular period can be a sign of a larger health condition. A gynae is the best person to talk to if your cycle has become longer or shorter, if bleeding is heavier, cramping has become painful or any other changes in your cycle.
Painful sex is a sign that something could be wrong. Whether the source of the pain is physical or psychological, a gynae should be your starting point to find answers.
Changes in vaginal discharge
Unusual discharge can be a sign of an infection. An internal exam by a gynae is your best option for discovering the cause of the issue. Ignoring it or attempting to self-treat can make the problem worse.
A pap smear should be part of your annual gynecological exam. A pap smear test is sent to a laboratory and examined for cancer or other abnormal signs that aren’t picked up through an internal exam alone.
Did you know that you can also get a breast exam at a gynae? Along with your yearly checkup, you’ll most likely receive a manual breast exam to check for issues of concern such as lumps or tissue masses.
Getting help from a gynae is important for maternal health. Whether you’re still trying to conceive or if you’re pregnant already, it’s wise to make an appointment as soon as possible for guidance on your journey. A gynae will monitor your entire pregnancy to ensure everything is on the right track and to address any concerns.
Your health and lifestyle can be enhanced by regular visits to a gynae. If you’d like to see a gynae, but don’t have the financial means, your healthcare provider can help you get a referral to a public health care clinic or hospital.
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