When it comes time to have your annual pelvic exam, many women simply have their family physician perform it. While some general practitioners are perfectly competent, it is usually a better plan to have your routine pelvic exams done by an OBGYN, for a variety of reasons.
Addressing Any Current Concerns
If you experience heavy periods, painful cramps, hormone-related problems like facial hair growth or your cycle is not regular, you need to see an OBGYN. There is a huge variety of gynecological problems that can cause such symptoms, including Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, fibroids and uterine polyps, just to name a few. An OBGYN will take your concerns into account during your exam in order to find a diagnosis.
Your Future Fertility Plans
If you are planning to start or expand your family in the future, it makes sense to have an established relationship with an OBGYN before you begin conception efforts. Not only can your OB walk you through any concerns you have about prenatal nutrition or timing your conception efforts, but she can also advise you about your body and how to protect your fertility.
Once you do conceive, your OBGYN will be integral to the success of your pregnancy by performing routine tests and counseling you on the results. If your OB also handles labor and delivery, she may also be the person who delivers your new child into the world. Having a doctor you already know and trust at your bedside can make your labor and delivery smooth and calm.
Any Sexual Concerns You Experience
While it shouldn’t be this way, many women are too embarrassed to tell their primary care doctor if they are experiencing sexual issues. For example, painful intercourse could be caused by growths in the uterus while problems achieving orgasm may point to a thyroid issue or even a brain tumor. These issues are important and shouldn’t be kept secret. By having an established relationship with an OBGYN, you can bring up any sexual problems without fear of embarrassment.
Perimenopause and Menopause Management
Your need for an OBGYN doesn’t stop the moment you give birth to your last child, or you experience your last period. Your OBGYN can continue to provide care through perimenopause and menopause and can assist you with any symptoms you find hard to deal with and offer solutions. If menopause is difficult for you, your OBGYN will have the advice you need to weather this huge change in your body with a minimum of discomfort.
When it’s time to get your next pelvic exam, consider seeking an OBGYN to take over all of your gynecological care. If you’d like to see someone for a consultation, contact Associates in Women’s Health today to make an appointment.