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The Importance of OB-GYN Visits

The Importance of OB-GYN Visits

Much like how your primary care physician assesses your health over the years, your OB-GYN team takes a look at your reproductive health, keeping an eye on any concerns or symptoms as they arise. This preventative care has helped countless women across the world catch their conditions early on in order to begin treatment and avoid further advancement.

As a woman, an OB-GYN serves as your partner in the maintenance and monitoring of your overall health — whether you're 13 or 63! Here is why you should be visiting your OB-GYN on a regular basis:

Proper Education

According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), girls should first begin visiting a gynecologist between ages 13 and 15. During this time, many young women are experiencing puberty and are in need of answers about their changing bodies. When a teen visits a gynecologist, they are given important information on their reproductive system, menstruation, and how to practice safe sex.

As you age, your OB-GYN visits continue to provide a great opportunity to ask questions and get educated on any topics related to your reproductive health. This includes information about birth control choices, STD prevention, and breast health. Not only will they provide you with the facts, but they can also explain the importance these issues have in protecting your overall health.

Regular Testing

Your gynecologist will perform a few tests during your visit, or every few visits, to ensure that everything is in proper and healthy working order. This list of tests can include:

  • Pap smears
  • Breast exams
  • HPV testing
  • STD screenings
  • Pelvic exam

Even if you’re not experiencing any symptoms or concerns, it's important to get these tests done at regular intervals in order to stay on top of your reproductive health.

Early Detection and Prevention

The CDC states that nearly 100,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with some form of gynecological cancer each year, with ovarian, uterine, cervical, vulval, and vaginal being the most common. One of the greatest benefits of regular OBGYN visits is early detection — catching these concerns or conditions as soon as possible.

Many gynecological issues, such as cancer or PCOS, can be hard to detect. With regular screenings and checkups, your OB-GYN will be able to identify any changes or abnormalities in order for them to be addressed quickly.

Family Planning

Your OB-GYN can also help with family planning. Women of all ages come to their gynecologists for advice and assistance when it comes to fertility, pregnancy, and conception. If you are looking to start or grow your family, they will be able to provide you with important resources such as prenatal vitamins, lifestyle tips, and other tools needed to prepare your body for conception.

If you are struggling with infertility, your OB-GYN team will help you understand all your options for treatment, as well as refer you to a fertility specialist for further assistance in your journey.

Once pregnant, your OB-GYN will be your guide throughout pregnancy. They will make sure you and the baby are healthy and as comfortable as possible, addressing any concerns should they arise, and work hard to ensure a safe birthing process.

Finally, an OB-GYN can help those who are not looking to start a family understand their options for contraception.

Schedule Your Next Appointment Today

With so much on the line, regular OB-GYN visits are an essential part of your life. If you're searching for a new gynecology team for yourself or a loved one, contact Glasgow Clinic Specialty Care today to speak to our team and begin taking control of your health today!