A visit to the gynaecologist is not something that many ladies relish. Having a pelvic exam is important but frankly a little invasive and unpleasant, so, as a result most women tend to avoid going for as long as possible. In an ideal world you should be going at least once a year, but for most, this is not the case. In recognizing this, it is important to know that there are times when visiting the gynaecologist is imperative. Here is a quick list highlighting those key times or instances.
When you start to become sexually active it is definitely worth a visit to the gynaecologist. They will be able to give you a quick check-up and make sure that everything is as it should be, but more importantly, they will be able to talk you through the options in the birth control department, and, if required, give you a prescription for something that will suit your needs. You don’t want to end up pregnant just because you were too embarrassed to go to the doctor. If you don’t have a doctor to book an appointment with, then use the internet. A quick Google search for something like ‘gynaecologists Melbourne’ should produce the names that you need. Simply find one who is conveniently located and book an appointment. Alternatively, speak to friends and gather recommendations.
This is a dreaded stage of life for many females. Your periods come to an end and your hormones fluctuate wildly. It brings with it, psychological worries, physical change and an all-round barrel of issues. For some women it is easily negotiated but for others it can be a very difficult time. Regardless of how you experience it, it is a time when a consult with a doctor is important. When your body undergoes change there is always scope for things to go wrong. Talk to the expert and ask about things like Hormone Replacement Therapy, hot flushes, hysterectomies and sex.
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From time-to-time you may discover that you are producing more vaginal discharge than normal. This is a sign to visit your gynaecologist. It might be nothing or it might just be an easy to deal with UTI. It also might be something a little more sinister that needs urgent checking out. Whatever the case, it probably means an appointment to see the doctor and to get checked. You know how your lady parts work and what is normal for you, so if things are not normal and there is reason to notice or comment to yourself, pick up that phone.
It may be that there is nothing seemingly wrong at all. But if you are aware that there has been a long time since your last visit then just book an appointment. The old adage that prevention is better than cure is very true holds true here. Cancer is insidious, and it can strike at any time. So, a visit to the gynaecologist for a pap smear and a mammogram once every couple of years is a good thing – as uncomfortable as it might feel at the time.