Hey! My name is Marley and this is my health advice blog. Maintaining your health is easy when you are young. However, as you get older, you may develop illnesses and disorders as a result of your lifestyle choices. When I hit the age of 50 years old, I suddenly realised that I had a lot of problems which I had been ignoring for a long time. I decided to visit my doctor and seek help. Over the past year, I have worked closely with my doctor to improve my lifestyle and my health. I hope my blog inspires you to do the same.
When compared to a man, a woman's body is quite complicated because it is biologically built to accommodate a child and still provide for the child after birth. That is why, as a woman, you find yourself going through a menstrual cycle and experiencing hormonal changes. Here are some of the questions that are frequently asked about gynaecologists concerning your body and reproductive systems:
When Should You First Visit a Gynaecologist?
It is important to clear up misconceptions. Visiting a gynaecologist does not mean that your gynaecologist will conduct a pelvic exam. A gynaecologist can also be visited for verbal consultation, advice and guidance. That said, as a parent, you should take your child to a gynaecologist when she is around eleven to twelve years old. Why? This is the time when her menstrual cycle may start. You want her to learn about how her body will change, what to expect, how to behave, STDs, pregnancy, hormonal changes, etc.
Of course, all of the things mentioned above will not be taught on the first day because your daughter might be overwhelmed. Professional gynaecologists know how to pace themselves in a manner that is respectful and educative.
With the first few meetings, your daughter will get to learn the importance of visiting a gynaecologist and know why pelvic exams are done.
What Age Should a Pelvic Exam Be Done?
A pelvic exam is a procedure performed to inspect the health of your ovaries, uterus, cervix, vulva, vagina and rectum. You might also hear the phrase pap smear, which is a test that screens for cervical cancer.
A pelvic exam is necessary if you are having pelvic pain, vaginal discharge, abnormal menstrual cycles (excessive bleeding or irregular menstrual cycle), urinary problems, etc., regardless of your age. Your gynaecologist might have explained these symptoms to you during your first visits.
If you have no symptoms, but you want to ensure everything is okay, the most commonly recommended age for a pelvic exam is twenty-one years. At that age, you might have a better understanding of your sexual health and be in a position to choose a gynaecologist you might feel more comfortable with. Let your gynaecologist tell you how frequently or regularly you need a pelvic exam. Some individuals might be at high risk for cancer and that is why you might find them visiting their gynaecologist regularly.
To learn more about what might happen at an appointment, reach out to a local gynaecologist.