Q. What is gynecology?
A. Gynecology is a branch of medicine that focuses on functions and diseases that are specific to females. It pertains to keeping the women’s reproductive system healthy and disease free. Doctors who specialize women’s care include gynecologists, obstetricians, and OBGYNs.
Q. What kinds of services do gynecologists provide?
A. Gynecology encompasses many different services. Your gynecologist is equipped to provide both in office care such as wellness exams and contraceptive management, as well as surgical care such as hysterectomies.
Q. When should I start seeing a gynecologist?
A. It is recommended that girls start going to gynecology appointments between the ages of 13 and 15 or when they become sexually active. Though internal exams may not be necessary at the first visit, starting to see your gynecologist helps build rapport. It’s also a great time for young women to ask questions regarding sex and birth control.
Q. How often do I need to have a Pap Smear?
A. A part of many gynecology exams, Pap Smears are often seen as scary for many first time patients. Thankfully, most patients do not need to receive these every year. Currently, it is recommended to begin getting this done at age 21. During your 20s, it is recommended to get a Pap Smear every three years, then every three to five years until the age of 65. Of course, your provider may recommend these tests more frequently or sooner depending on your medical history.
Q. How often should I see a gynecology?
A. that depends on you. Women should have a gynecology appointment at least once a year for their annual well woman visit. But, that doesn’t mean you can make an appointment between those visits. You should make an appointment if you experience changes in your body, changes in your menstrual cycle, or have a concern regarding your sexual health. It’s better to make an appointment if you have a concern, then put it off.
Atlanta, GA women who need to have a gynecology appointment should contact Georgia OBGYN. Our team of experts provides a variety of care to patients, in a warm, comfortable environment. As part of the community for over 30 years, we are able to develop relationships with our patients, putting them at ease when they visit. Contact our office today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.