How often do you visit your gynecologist? If you’re not seeing your GYN annually, you could be putting your health at risk.
Regular gynecological care is an essential component of the preventative care that protects your physical and reproductive wellbeing. Even if you feel healthy, only a professional exam from a gynecologist can ensure that you are not at risk of diseases like breast cancer or cervical cancer.
Annual GYN Exam Is More Than a Pap Smear
Most women associate a gynecological exam with a pap smear, but the truth is that your yearly GYN exam encompasses much more than just that test. Your gynecologist is your main resource for everything involving your reproductive health. If you have questions or concerns about any of the following topics, your best time to ask is your GYN appointment:
- Birth control options
- Vaccinations to prevent STDs like HPV and hepatitis
- Screenings for osteoporosis, colon cancer, and other diseases
- Sexual health for teenagers
- Hormone levels and imbalances
- Mammograms and breast exams
Addressing the topics above with your gynecologist makes it possible to catch any diseases while they can still be reversed, stop problems before they begin, and improve your overall quality of life now and in the future.
Your Pap Smear Can Save Your Life
A pap smear is also a core piece of your GYN visit because it identifies any risk of cervical cancer. This test is completed by getting sample cells from your cervix and examining them under a microscope. It’s quick and easy, but very meaningful.
If your pap smear produces abnormal results, further testing is needed to learn more and determine if cancer is a threat. Fortunately, this procedure has helped the cervical cancer death rate decrease by more than 50 percent over the last 40 years. Since the screening can find cancer before it fully develops, you can cure any cancer long before it has the chance to threaten your life.
Don’t wait any longer to protect and strengthen your reproductive health. Call (813) 571-2777 to schedule your GYN appointment at Women’s Health and Wellness in Brandon or Riverview, Florida.