Questions to ask at the gynecology office vary by age and lifestyle. For example, are you a sexually active twenty-something, a mother of four or a woman in the midst of menopause? Certain questions apply to a majority of women, though. Learn what they are, then use DexKnows listings for gynecologists and obstetricians to find your next doctor.
Many medical professionals no longer make a blanket recommendation for self-exams of the breasts. Research shows mixed results about the practice as an effective screening tool, according to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization, and it leads to many false-positive results. Ask your doctor if you should do a self-exam and how often. A history of breast cancer in your family or other factors specific to your situation may make them necessary. Also ask for the recommended frequency of mammograms and clinical breast exams, which also vary by age and risk factors.
This test detects infections, abnormal cervical cells and cervical cancer. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health recommends that all women 21 and older get regular pap smears. Those 21 to 29 years of age should get the test every two years. Those 30 years old or older may be able to space pap smears to every three years after three normal tests in a row. Women age 65 and older could potentially stop getting pap smears. Your doctor of gynecology and obstetrics makes this call after considering your health situation.
The involuntary loss of urine ranges from bothersome to totally debilitating. It is a medical condition and can have a variety of causes. For example, obstetricians regularly hear from patients suffering from incontinence during pregnancy care appointments because the baby puts pressure on the bladder. You should talk to your doctor no matter how minimal an issue because it can develop into something more serious. If it does, your provider may refer you to a specialist of urogynecology, who specializes in the treatment of incontinence.
Whether you need to go on birth control for the first time, want the advice of a fertility specialist or need relief from menopause, women’s medical professionals can help. Find a qualified doctor near you by searching DexKnows listings for gynecologists and obstetricians.
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