There are certain health concerns that affect only women. These often relate to female genitalia and breasts, fertility or conditions caused by hormones specific to females. Women’s health issues include menstruation,
contraception, pregnancy, menopause and different types of female cancers. Every woman should make her own decisions when it comes to her reproductive and sexual health to lead a healthy, happy and productive life.
What does a gynecological exam consists of?
Gynecological exams usually include an internal and external pelvic exam (including a Pap test) plus
examination of the breasts.
How often should I see gynecologist?
It depends on age, current health issues, future fertility plans and any history of sexually transmitted disease.
- Young women ages of 18-30 years, should do it every year. If you plan to become sexually active, you should see a gynecologist first to discuss birth control options and safe sex practices.
- For women over the age of 30 that have had at least three normal pap smears (a check for cervical cancer), a visit every two to three years is sufficient. Pap smears may be done more frequently, however, if a woman remains sexually active with more than one sexual partner.
- Women over the age of 40 may need to be seen more frequently, particularly if they have high risk factors for certain kinds of cancers or genetic pelvic conditions.
- After age 70, if there have been no problems and no new sexual partners, most women can stop regular visits
This section will give you a better knowledge and understanding of how to protect your health.