A gynecologist visit is often a source of anxiety for women who have never had this type of visit before, because it is full of new and unknown experiences, but there is no need for stress or fear over a trip to the gynecologist. It is recommended that women see this type of doctor starting when they become sexually active or when they reach the age of eighteen years old, depending on which of these factors occurs first.
A typical gynecologist visit will involve a number of exams and procedures, and the doctor should take the time to explain everything and answer all questions. It is important that creams or douches are not used for twenty four hours before the exam, and the visit should be scheduled during the menstrual period.
There are some basic exams that will be performed during a visit to the gynecologist, and these exams include the external exam, the bimanual exam, the speculum exam, a PAP smear, a rectal exam in some cases, and the breast exam. All of these exams will check for different things, and will ensure that there are no problems in the reproductive organs.
A gynecologist exam starts with the external exam, and while this examine is painless many women are uncomfortable with someone viewing this private area of the body. The physician will view and examine the external genitalia and this includes touching, and the physician is looking for lumps, sores, or other signs of any possible health problem.
A speculum exam is another exam performed during a gynecologist visit, and while this exam is not usually painful some women may have some discomfort. A speculum is a medical device which is inserted into the vagina, and then opened some so that the doctor can view the cervix and vaginal walls.
A Pap smear is performed during the speculum exam, and this test is looking for any unusual changes in the cervical cells which can lead to cervical cancer or other problems. While the speculum is inserted and opened the physician will take a small brush and remove a few cells from your cervix, which are viewed under a microscope in the lab.
The bimanual exam is also performed during the gynecologist visit, and this involves having one or two fingers inserted into the vagina while the doctor uses the other hand on the external abdomen. A rectal exam may also be performed, and a breast exam is usually done as well to rule out any possible lumps or signs of breast cancer.
There are many reasons to visit a gynecologist, and this should be done at least once a year. Reasons include:
There are a number of consideration that are involved with going to the gynecologist. The reason for the visit is important, because pregnancy requires different care and treatment than a sexually transmitted disease or a yeast infection.
Any woman who has been told that a hysterectomy is needed should get a second opinion from a gynecologist who specializes in hysterectomy procedures and alternative methods. Some gynecologists may not offer alternatives which are safer and less invasive, and this can mean higher risks and many more complications and problems after the procedure.
Some women prefer a female, rather than a male gynecologist, and the reasons for this can include religious beliefs, modesty and shyness issues, or other concerns. Many men in this profession are very highly qualified though, and there are no sexual or intimate thoughts occurring during the gynecologist visit.
More men than women become an obgyn doctor, and in some areas it is not always possible to find a female physician who is qualified and experienced in the procedures required. Male gynecologists have usually seen every possible problem or disease in the female reproductive system, and are just as capable of empathy and compassion as women physicians in this specialty.
If a hysterectomy is recommended a woman should always get a second opinion from an experienced physician, one who is very knowledgeable about the reproductive system of women. Hysterectomy pictures and alternative treatment methods are normally offered, and there are a number of alternatives which are safer and that have a shorter recovery time while achieving the same treatment results.
A hysterectomy is very invasive, has many possible complications and side effects, and can cause serious disability or even death in some cases. A very long recovery time, significant pain, high risks, and very limited physical abilities are all reasons why alternatives should be examined before undergoing a hysterectomy.
Finding a good obgyn doctor for a hysterectomy does not have to be difficult, but this is extremely important for any woman who has problems and may require this type of treatment. Physicians who are up to date on the latest procedures, treatments, and alternative options are the best choice for the fewest risks, shortest recovery time, and fewest possible complications.
There are many alternatives to a hysterectomy that may work just as well, including thermal balloon therapy and cryoablation, but not all gynecologists are knowledgeable about these options. It is essential to find a physician who understands all of the alternatives before agreeing to have a hysterectomy, which is a major surgical procedure that is very invasive.
Women who live in the Maryland, Northern Virginia, or Washington D.C. area can schedule a gynecologist visit with me, Dr. Kenneth DeSandies, a physician who specializes in female reproductive health and hysterectomy alternatives. I offer the most advanced treatments available, and can minimize or even eliminate the complications, risks, and recovery time required for treating certain conditions.
Going to the gynecologist does not have to be stressful, embarrassing, or painful when the right doctor and treatment method are chosen. I have the knowledge and experience needed to avoid a hysterectomy and all of the related disadvantages. I'm also currently accepting new patients!