Every year women are encouraged to visit their gynecologist to receive an examination. This examination is one that is crucial to the health of women, having the ability to detect early signs of breast cancer, cervical cancer, and other threats to health. While sometimes an inconvenience to schedule, these appointments can quite literally save some women’s life. These examinations usually do not last long and can be done by a local gynecologist. During the exam you will be asked about your medical history and if you have any concerns that have brought you into the appointment. This is a great time to ask your doctor any questions you may have, no matter how silly it may sound to you. Your doctor will then proceed to do the examination. So what is included in these yearly appointments?
Breast Cancer Detection
Breast cancer unfortunately affects many women and men yearly. While many people survive breast cancer, many do not. The best way to avoid breast cancer progressing is to attend your yearly GYN exam. The doctor will take a few minutes of the appointment to check and make sure you do not have any signs of breast cancer such as lumps. This check-up is crucial to your health as early detection of these lumps can make all the difference in your health further down the road. While sometimes these lumps can be nothing, it’s always important to have an expert take a look for the sake of your health. This is especially true as you get older. Women aged 40-49 years are encouraged to get mammograms to further check for any signs of breast cancer. This becomes even more so encouraged when women hit the age of 50, with this age group recommended to get them done every 1-2 years.
Cervical Cancer Detection
While the pap smear test has been changed from yearly to every 3 years, it’s still important to get it done as necessary. A pap smear is one of the most important tests you can do at this appointment, being that it can detect any abnormalities that can point to cervical cancer. Similar to breast cancer, any signs or unusual symptoms you are experiencing could very well be nothing; however, communicating with your gynecologist about any concerns is critical for your health. These tests are always good to have done so if something is wrong you can address it before it causes more harm.
STD testing is not always necessary if you have not had any new partners and no symptoms; however, we do recommend you still have one done at least once a year. Many STIs can be treated and cured, but there are a few that cannot and can adversely affect your health. Being knowledgeable about the state of your sexual health can prevent you from having any complications and prevent any sexual partners you encounter from being infected. When it comes to STD testing, everyone needs to get it done to protect themselves and others.
It’s important to keep in mind that there is no need to feel embarrassed, ashamed, or uncomfortable when coming in for a GYN exam. The doctors are here to help you feel your best and make sure you are healthy. At Green Health Consulting LLC you are in a judgment-free zone. Avoiding these exams may not do anything harmful to you, but if something is wrong you do not want it to get worse and go undetected. There is no better feeling than having peace of mind about the state of your health.
No matter how healthy you feel getting annually checked out by a professional will never do any harm. There are far too many situations where people feel healthy for them to discover they have contracted an STD or have an unusual lump. The best way to protect yourself is to get routinely checked out. At Green Health Consulting LLC our qualified professionals can assist you and make sure everything looks good. All you have to do is schedule an appointment and we take care of the rest. To learn more about annual GYN appointments and how to book yours, give us a call today at (954) 775-0325.