It doesn’t matter whether you’re considered middle-aged, young, or old, or whether you’re sexually active or not, a gynecological examination is absolutely essential for a woman’s health, and must not be ignored or avoided under any circumstances. They’re standard practice for women aged 21 and above, and consist of examinations of the pelvis, the breasts, and tests for STI’s (sexually transmitted infections). Whether you require a PAP smear or not, experts still recommend undergoing an annual well women exam. Here’s a brief, yet in-depth look at what you should know about GYN exams.
Contraception and Family Planning
Depression in Women
Disorders of the Breast
Female Cancer Screening
Female Sexual Function Disorders
Pregnancy with medical problems
Pre Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder
Pre Menstrual Syndrome
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Urinary Tract Infections
Well Women Exams
Undergoing regular gynecological examinations offers numerous benefits, as they can help women of all ages to prevent illnesses and diseases by early detection of various forms of cancer. Typically, gynecological examinations can detect cervical, breast, and uterine cancers at the earliest possible stages, which in turn makes them far more treatable, because the earlier a cancer is detected, the greater the chances of recovery will be. STD’s and other diseases and infections can also be detected before they spread, to prevent infertility or further health complications. Furthermore, they offer peace of mind when you receive the all clear from your doctor, and you know that you’re fit and healthy.
Regular visits to your physician will provide you with the best possible health care, and help lay the foundation for improved health later in life as well. Typically, experts recommend the following health care for all females:
For women aged 30 or above, who have had regular results from PAP tests, should undergo further PAP tests every 2 years, whilst still undergoing regular OB/GYN examinations every 12 months. However, for women at a higher risk of certain illnesses and diseases, such as women with a history of breast cancer in their families the frequency of the exams should be increased.
Typically, women undergoing these exams will be assessed on their diet, their sexual activity, their lifestyle, their weight, their activity level, their BMI’s, and their blood pressure. For younger sexually active women, annual tests for common sexually transmitted diseases will also be performed, as well as routine tests for HIV. In women going through menopause, or approaching the typical menopausal age, annual exams are ideal, as your physician will be able to provide advice on coping with the changes happening to your body.
Though some women tend to dislike having a pap smear test, they are highly beneficial as they are designed to detect cancerous, precancerous, or even abnormal cells within the cervix. The best thing about pap tests is that if abnormal cells are detected, tests and treatments can be carried out to remove them, or prevent them from mutating into cancerous cells. Sometimes abnormal cells can be missed, so a routine pap test is ideal, as it highly reduces the likelihood of abnormal cells being overlooked a second time. Just remember that pap tests and pelvic exams are not the same thing, and pelvic examinations are just as important to maintain your health.
As stated earlier, routine gynecological exams can literally save lives and offer peace of mind, as well as provide numerous other benefits, which we’ll be covering shortly.
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