What Does Gynecological Care Include?
While the fields of obstetrics and gynecology are intertwined into an inclusive service, obstetrics focuses on pregnancy, while gynecology deals with the health of women’s reproductive organs throughout their lifetime. The team at Tidewater Physicians for Women provides the full range of gynecological care including:
- Birth control
- Annual preventative care
- Adolescent Gynecology
- Diagnosis and treatment of gynecological disorders
- Gynecological surgery
- Menopause treatment
Why is a Well Woman Examination so Important?
A well woman examination provides essential preventive care. It protects your health by detecting early signs of potential problems before they’ve had the chance to develop into something more serious.
During a well woman examination, your doctor at Tidewater Physicians for Women will review your medical history, check your weight and blood pressure, then provide the following:
- Breast and pelvic examination
- Pap smear to test for cervical cancer
- Blood tests, if required
- Family planning/birth control
- Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases
- Nutrition evaluation
- Chronic health condition screenings
- Scheduling of recommended screenings, such as a mammogram
If it’s time, or past time, for your well woman exam, don’t wait to schedule this appointment. Schedule an appointment at Tidewater Physicians for Women.
When Should You Seek Medical Help for Gynecological Problems?
While you shouldn’t hesitate to contact Tidewater Physicians for Women any time you’re concerned about your health, these are some of the most common symptoms women experience that require medical attention:
- Heavy periods or abnormal bleeding: Come in for an exam if your periods last longer than seven days or your flow is heavy. Most abnormal menstrual bleeding is easily treated, but it can be a sign of a serious problem.
- Pelvic pain: Whether you have daily pelvic pain, or it comes and goes, it’s important to find the cause of the pain for relief and prevention of future complications. Two common causes of pelvic pain are uterine fibroids and endometriosis, which can cause scarring and difficulty getting pregnant.
- Abnormal vaginal discharge: When yeast that normally live in your vagina get out of balance, you’ll experience an abnormal vaginal discharge, along with itching, and burning. The same symptoms can also be signs of a bacterial infection or a sexually transmitted disease, so it’s important to get evaluated by your doctor at Tidewater Physicians for Women.