A new year has arrived, and with that comes a fresh start. While you set new goals and resolutions for yourself, be sure not to neglect an appointment with your gynecologist or obstetrician. Here are five important reasons to see an OB/GYN in 2023:
Reasons to See an OB/GYN:
- Annual Health Exam
Do you ever wonder how often you should go to the OB/GYN? The reality is that all women should have annual gynecological health exams on their calendars. At these exams, the focus is on preventative care and overall feminine health.
During your yearly visit, otherwise known as a Well Woman Exam, you will discuss your medical history and any concerns you may have – such as pain during sex, STI testing, irregular menstrual cycles, etc. In addition, there is usually a breast and pelvic exam performed. Starting as early as age 21, a pap smear should occur at your preventative visit. A pap smear is a cervical screening that looks for cellular changes which could indicate reproductive issues or possible signs of cancer. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends getting a pap test done every three years. If you’re overdue for this screening or have any other gynecological questions for your physician, 2023 is the perfect time to book an appointment.
- Breast Health
If you’re at the age of 40 or above, the ACOG also recommends undergoing a mammogram at your annual Well Woman Exam. A mammogram is a safe, and effective way of screening for breast cancer. At Green Valley OB/GYN we are proud to offer a 3D mammography breast exam, which is proven to be more precise in detecting early signs of cancer than any other mammogram method. Book your breast screening and make 2023 the year of prioritizing your breast health.
- Finding the Right Birth Control for You
When it comes to birth control, there is no one-size-fits-all option. However, there is an option for everyone. A Well Woman Exam is the appropriate time to discuss different contraceptive methods with your OB/GYN. If you’re trying to avoid pregnancy, it’s important to find the best fit for your overall health needs. Whether you’re looking for a short-term or a permanent contraceptive solution, your OB/GYN will assist you in reviewing the pros and cons of various types of birth control. If conception is not in your plans for 2023, consult with your physician so you can feel confident in your contraceptive.
- Planning a Pregnancy
On the other hand, if 2023 is the year you’re hoping to start a family, it’s an equally important reason to see your OB/GYN. According to the CDC, about 12% of women struggle with infertility. If you’ve been failing to conceive for over a year with unprotected sex, consider meeting with your obstetrician for an infertility evaluation. The physicians at Green Valley OB/GYN offer Family Planning Counseling. They cover every step of your journey, from preconception care to prenatal delivery and postpartum needs. Planning a family is a huge undertaking; it is not one you should take alone. Let your OB/GYN guide you through a safe and healthy pregnancy.
- Menopause Management
Menopause is a natural part of every woman’s life that happens when their period stops permanently. The U.S. Office on Women’s Health states that the average age of occurrence is 52 years old. But how can you be sure you’re experiencing menopause symptoms? Some signs of menopause include hot flashes, mood swings, and (most importantly) going twelve consecutive months without a period. Your OB/GYN can recommend treatments to help you manage your menopause symptoms.
Consult with an OB/GYN
As you can see, there are many reasons a woman should consult with an OB/GYN. No matter what stage of life you’re in, your gynecologist is an essential part of achieving optimal female health. Start 2023 on the right note, and learn more about how Green Valley OB/GYN can help you become your healthiest self.