Women's Health: Top 5 Reasons to Visit Your Obstetrician / Gynecologist (OB/GYN)
Ideally an annual Obstetrician/Gynecologist (OB/GYN) visit is vital in order to examine a woman’s reproductive organs so as to ensure early detection and treatment of any underlying health problem. Unfortunately, many women ignore or shun away from seeing the OB/GYN for their lady problems out of embarrassment or fear. If you are one of them, here are a few tops reasons for you to visit your OB/GYN.
A woman menstrual cycle indicates her reproductive health. If your menstrual cycle has stopped or has become irregular it is directly linked to a health problem. If you continue to ignore it, you may face several reproductive problems later. It is important that you visit your OB/GYN in such a situation.
Every woman is at risk of breast cancer as there are no particular causes of this condition. Early detection and treatment is the best way to beat it. Regular OB/GYN visits will ensure that your breasts are examined for lumps and other abnormal growths that could be dangerous.
Abnormal vaginal discharge
Vaginal discharge is a natural phenomenon that every woman faces. This discharge is considered normal when it is white, cloudy and odourless. However, if you notice that the discharge has changed to a yellow or greenish colour with a foul smelling odour, you should immediately see an OB/GYN as it may be a sign of a vaginal infection.
When a woman becomes sexually active she must immediately visit her OB/GYN to discuss birth control unless she wants to conceive. Barrier methods of birth control are not only important to avoid unwanted pregnancies but they will also ensure that you are safe from STDs. If you are not comfortable with synthetic forms of birth control (the pill), there are many hormone free options as well. It is best to discuss this with your OB/GYN to find out what suits you the best.
Pap smear test
A Pap smear test is important to make sure your female organs are healthy. Ideally, every woman after the age of 21 should take a Pap smear test every three to five years to stay clear of cancer and other health related conditions.
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