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  • The Top 10 Reasons for a Woman to Make an Appointment with an OB/GYN
  • April 13, 2017

     1. Overall physical health
    The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists strongly urges women starting at ages 13-15 to see their OB/GYN annually. Its website states, “In general the physical examination will include obtaining standard vital signs, determining body mass index, palpating the abdomen and inguinal lymph nodes, and making an assessment of the patient’s overall health.” Some will have a pelvic examination and clinical tests done as well. In layman's terms, if something semi-serious to serious is going on with your body and you don't know about it, a checkup with an OB/GYN could be the difference maker. It's like taking your car in for an oil change and tune up.

    2. Pregnancy related visits
    Obstetricians, aka the baby deliverers, are an essential part to any pregnancy. Surprisingly enough, many pregnant American females don't have a set obstetrician they visit. In fact, about 65 percent of pregnant women in U.S. seek medical care from multiple providers, according to studies. Although it may be fine to go to multiple clinics until the mother-to-be is happy with the provider, she runs the risk of losing medical data that may not be adequately documented or losing the physician/patient relationship while going somewhere new.

    3. Irregular menstruation

    If a woman has a concern about her menstrual cycle, it's important to make an appointment with the OB/GYN as soon as possible. If the problem is ignored, it could cause reproductive problems later down-the-road. If periods have stopped, become irregular, last a long time or have undergone a change in blood flow, a woman should tell her OB/GYN immediately and in great detail. The more specific you can be the better.

    4. Breast exams
    About one-in-eight U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. American Cancer Society guidelines recommend women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms (x-rays of the breast) if they wish to do so. Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year. Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every two years, or can continue yearly screening. If a history of breast cancer is in the family, then routine exams at earlier ages may be indicated.

    5. Pelvic exam
    Women ages 21 years and older should get an annual pelvic exam, according to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. In particular, it recommends that "patients with menstrual disorders, vaginal discharge, infertility or pelvic pain should receive a pelvic examination," as well as "perimenopausal patients with abnormal uterine bleeding, changes in bowel or bladder function or symptoms of vaginal discomfort.” It is not every woman’s favorite appointment, but a pelvic exam is indispensable to a woman's overall health.

    6. Pap smear
    To stay clear of cancer and other health concerns, a pap smear is necessary every few years. Women 21 years and older should make their regular visits for this simple, quick procedure that is just as important as breast exams. It may seem like common sense, but many women who put off having a pap smears as recommended by doctors, later regret not doing it.

    7. Birth control
    Once a woman becomes sexually active and is not yet ready to conceive, she should visit a physician for birth control and family planning advice — an OB/GYN can share plenty of options.

    8. Change in vaginal discharge
    As previously mentioned, vaginal discharge is something to keep an eye on if you're a woman. Womenshealth.answers.com says, “A bad odor or discharge from the vagina is a sign that something is wrong, usually an infection.” If left untreated, or if a woman attempts to treat the problem without the help of an OB/GYN, the problem can quickly get worse, so it's important to quickly make an appointment.

    9. Blood in urine
    When going to the bathroom, if a woman has pain when she urinates, or when blood is seen (pink-ish or brown-ish urine), a visit to the OB/GYN is essential to figuring out if there is a health concern. Often times blood in urine doesn't raise any red flags immediately, but if it persists, the problem should be diagnosed to see if treatment is needed.

    10. Painful sex or painful cramps
    Everyone has a different pain tolerance, but when a woman is always on painkillers for cramps, or when sex is super painful, the OB/GYN can help. It is not healthy to live off of ibuprofen each month; it could hurt the woman’s liver, and there could be a problem why sex is hurting.

    Make an appointment today by calling 229-391-4130 (Tifton office) or 229-217-0535 (Moultrie office).

  • Free Understanding Childbirth Class - May 12th
  • April 15, 2012

    The Understanding Childbirth Saturday class will cover general topics relating to labor, delivery and basic care of your baby. We do suggest that you bring a partner with you for the serives. We would like for mothers to be at least 28 weeks, but it is not required. Call 229-353-6318 or register here. Please include your due date, partner's name and phone number in the additional comments.