GYNECOLOGY

Anthem Gynecology Specialists

Women need skilled care when it comes to their reproductive health. Our doctors provide health support for all gynecological issues, including annual exams, menopause symptoms, and contraception.

GYNECOLOGY Q & A

What are the benefits of regular gynecological appointments?

A gynecologist allows you to take control of your reproductive health. The doctors at Anthem OBGYN monitor you for infection, provide regular Pap smears to check for irregular cervical cells, test for sexually transmitted diseases, and ensure your periods or menopause conditions are on a normal track for you. The doctors can also answer questions regarding:

  • Safe sexual practices

  • Vaginal dryness

  • Pregnancy

  • Irregular bleeding

  • Abnormal vaginal discharge

When should a woman first see a gynecologist?

Women benefit from first seeing a gynecologist when they’re between the ages of 13 and 15. This appointment often involves no pelvic exam but establishes a healthy relationship with the doctor and a pattern of the patient’s menstrual cycle and sexual health.The first pelvic exam should happen when a woman is 21 or begins sexual activity.

What happens during a pelvic exam?

During a pelvic exam, the doctor checks your vagina and cervix. She’ll perform a Pap smear, during which she lightly swabs your cervix to get a sampling of cells. You’ll undergo a breast exam to feel for abnormalities. She’ll likely palpate your stomach to get a feel for your uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. You’ll be tested for any sexually transmitted diseases if you are sexually active. A pelvic exam doesn’t usually hurt, but it can be slightly awkward and uncomfortable for some women.

What questions can a gynecologist answer?

A gynecologist can help you with any questions you might have about:

  • Your period

  • Getting pregnant

  • Fertility

  • Perimenopause symptoms

  • Menopause symptoms

Alert the doctors if you’re having any pain during intercourse or urination. Urinary incontinence or vaginal dryness are other topics with which a gynecologist can help.

Don’t be afraid to broach subjects related to your health, even if you feel a little shy doing so. Topics you might address include

  • Birth control methods

  • Number of sexual partners: Currently or in the past

  • Sexual issues

  • STDs

While some matters of reproductive and sexual health can be difficult to address, they’re critical to your overall wellbeing.