If you’ve been wondering how often should you go to the gynecologist, the short answer is once a year. But, like anything else pertaining to medicine, this is a highly personal choice based on both your medical history and your current state of health.
There are a number of ways women reference their menstrual cycle this day in age and each woman has their own individual feelings about it too. Even with the wealth of information out there about this particular time in your life a lot of women actually don’t know much about their reproductive cycle or what is happening in their body. The fact of the matter is, and as corny as it sounds, it really is a miraculous time in a young girl’s life. This is going touch on some of the basic info about your menstrual cycle but also cover some more in-depth issues and information you may not know.
Many females are familiar with the routine yearly visit to their gynecologist, but for most, the annual exam did not begin until their mid-twenties. There are numerous reasons for encouraging women to keep their yearly gynecological exam, but these do not just apply to older women. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that female teens and young adults who have not yet reached their 21st birthday should follow a routine exam schedule as there are plenty of benefits from early attention to gynecological health. For mothers of teenage girls, it is helpful to know why these visits are necessary.
Having an OB/GYN provider that you are comfortable with is the first step in ensuring your reproductive health. Being able to engage in conversations that might seem uncomfortable with a caring and supportive physician makes it easier to discuss the changes you are experiencing in your body. Starting with puberty, the female body experiences many changes over the course of time, and some of the monthly experiences with ovulation or your menstrual cycle can bring concerning side effects or discomforts.
I know going to the gynecologist for the first time is definitely not going to the make the list of the top 100 things you want to do in your life. Unfortunately, it’s something that you have to do to keep yourself healthy.
I wanted to help make it easier by letting you know exactly what to expect when you come to see us at Innovative Women’s Health Specialists. Whether it’s your first visit, or you are a seasoned patient, I want you to feel comfortable and prepared in a relaxing environment.