Gynecologist in Chicago, IL
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Table of Content:
What is a gynecologist?
Why should a female see a gynecologist?
What can a gynecologist treat?
What should you expect at your appointment?
Here at Women’s Health Consulting, we offer personalized gynecologist services for women in all stages of life. Our well-woman exams focus on reproductive, sexual, and physical health with an emphasis on preventing any potential health conditions. The specialized medical professionals at our clinic want to make sure your visit to the gynecologist goes as seamlessly as possible. Below are common questions and answers about gynecology and gynecologist appointments so that you feel comfortable and well-prepared.
Gynecology is a branch of medicine that deals with women’s reproductive health. Gynecologists are the doctors that care for, treat, and diagnose women all the way from the beginning of their period to postmenopause. A gynecologist has the experience and advanced education needed to treat any infection or condition in the cervix, ovaries, vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes.
It is recommended that women should start seeing a gynecologist between the age of 13-15 years. Women should regularly see a gynecologist if they’re sexually active or have any concerns about their reproductive health. Annual checkups are also important to screen any future health problems and address any worries you may have. Understanding your personal reproductive health needs and gaining knowledge on your menstrual cycle have many great benefits.
Gynecologists can treat any condition that may be affecting your reproductive system. It’s important to note that in more complex circumstances they can also refer you to other specialists. Below is a comprehensive list of conditions your gynecologist can treat: –
– Sexually transmitted infections
– Urinary tract infections
– Ovarian cysts
– Pelvic inflammatory diseases
– Urinary and fecal incontinence
– Fertility and menstruation issues
– Family planning and contraception
– Pregnancy termination
– Vulvar and vaginal ulcers
– Sexual dysfunction
– Gynecological emergencies
In your early teen years, your first gynecology appointment will likely just be a conversation with your doctor. During this time they may want to ask you about your period, lifestyle, and any health concerns you may have. Here are a few questions to expect:
– Are your periods regular or irregular?
– What symptoms do you feel during menstruation? Tender breasts? Painful cramps? Mood swings?
– Are you sexually active?
– Are you on any form of birth control?
Even though these conversations can be a little bit uncomfortable, your doctor will be supportive and professional throughout the entire visit. They are more than happy to answer any questions you may have as well.
Once you’re sexually active or reach the age of 21, your gynecologist will start to perform pelvic exams. Pelvic exams are a little bit uncomfortable but aren’t something you should be too nervous about. A pelvic exam won’t be painful at all and only takes 5-10 minutes.
The purpose of a pelvic exam is to test for signs of cervical cancer, sexually transmitted infections, uterine fibroids, and ovarian cysts. If you are on your period, your gynecologist can still complete this exam. There are three parts to a pelvic exam: the external examination, the speculum exam, and the bimanual exam:
1. External Examination
Your gynecologist will first perform an external and visual examination of the outside of your vagina and vulva. Any irregularities such as abnormal discharge, cysts, sores, or redness will be further examined and treated.
2. Speculum Exam
The speculum exam allows gynecologists to swab a sample of cells from your cervix. This sample will then be taken to a lab and tested for any signs of cervical cancer.
3. Bimanual Exam
The third and final part of the exam will be performed manually. Your gynecologist will first put on a glove and lubricate their fingers. They will gently press on your stomach with one hand and insert 1 or 2 fingers into your vagina. The bimanual exam allows your gynecologist to palpate your ovaries and uterus. If you have any growths or cysts your doctor can feel them and determine the next steps.
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