Visiting a gynecologist regularly should be part of every woman's healthcare plan. Gynecologists can diagnose and treat various women's health issues, from endometriosis to infertility, and give you sound medical advice. However, there are still many understandings about gynecologists.
Here are a few common myths about seeing a gynecologist that you should know about.
It Is Not Necessary to Schedule an Annual Appointment
Some people only see a gynecologist when they are experiencing a health problem. However, it is recommended to visit a gynecologist every year, even if you feel fine. Some health conditions do not always present obvious signs initially. For example, cervical cancer may not show symptoms right away. If you get regular pap smears, your doctor may be able to detect cervical cancer in the early stages.
I Think My Gynecologist Will Pass Judgment
Unfortunately, some women shy away from seeing a gynecologist because they believe that he or she will judge them. While it may feel uncomfortable to discuss your menstrual cycle or your sex life with a stranger, understand that your gynecologist is a professional. He or she has heard it all before and is not there to pass judgement.
If You're on Your Period, You Should Reschedule Your Gynecological Appointment
Being on your period does not automatically mean that you have to cancel your appointment with your gynecologist. In many cases, you can keep your appointment. For instance, if you are just getting a pap smear, you probably can keep your appointment. Call your gynecologist beforehand to let him or know that you are on your period.
If You Schedule a Gynecological Exam, You Will Get an STD Test
Not every gynecological exam will include STD testing. However, if you have recently had unprotected sex with someone, you may want to ask your gynecologist to screen you for sexual transmitted diseases.
Only Adults Need to See a Gynecologist
It is still frequently assumed that women only need to see a gynecologist after they have reached adulthood. However, a lot of teenage girls can also benefit from seeing a gynecologist. For example, teen girls may have questions about their menstrual cycle or sexually transmitted diseases.
Now you can see that there are many misunderstandings about gynecologists. If it has been more than a year since your last gynecological exam, you may want to schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.
Contact a gynecologist near you to learn more.