Many women see a primary care physician for their health care needs, including their annual reproductive wellness check-up, Pap test, and screening. However, a woman or a teen may also choose to see a gynaecology specialist for these visits as well as for specialized health concerns.
When to See a Gynecologist
The study of gynaecology is a specialization in women’s reproductive health. This includes all aspects and stages of life from pre-adolescence to post-menopausal health services.
A gynecologist can provide services for women regarding birth control methods, family planning, fertility, menstrual abnormalities, breast health or support through perimenopause and menopause and into the years of postmenopause. Hormonal changes, managing symptoms and maintaining reproductive health are important throughout life, not just during the reproductive years.
What to Expect
Visiting a gynaecology specialist for the first time can be a bit intimidating. Keep in mind these professionals are trained in women’s health, and it is important to be honest and open with the symptoms you are experiencing.
If you can, make a list of the different health issues you are experiencing, even if they don’t seem to be directly related to reproductive health. Hormonal changes can impact a wide range of different systems in the body from emotions and mood to sleep and weight gain or loss.
Pain or discomfort in the pelvic or abdominal area during or between menstrual cycles should also be something you tell your doctor. If you are trying to become pregnant or if you wish to change your birth control options, this is also an area of expertise for the gynecologist.
Your first visit to a gynecologist will include completing medical and family history paperwork. Bring a list of all your current doctors, medications and even non-prescription supplement or herbal options you may be using to provide full information for your doctor.
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