02 Aug What Happens During a Gynecology Exam?
A gynecologist is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating disorders of the female reproductive system. Many gynecologists are also obstetricians; they deliver babies and care for women during and after their pregnancy. Depending on age and other factors, girls and women in general should have a gynecologyexam at least once a year.
If it’s the patient’s first visit, we will start by taking a medical history. We will likely ask about general health matters, like a history of any diseases. We will also ask the patient about their sexual health. The gynecologist will ask a variety of questions during the gynecology exam. They will also ask about the patient’s sexual habits.
The gynecologist will also conduct a general physical exam, during which they take the patient’s measurements and blood pressure. The gynecologist will also perform a breast exam. During this time, they will search for lumps. They may also take a mammogram or X-ray of the patient’s breasts, depending on the situation.
The gynecologist may also perform a pelvic exam. They will want to get a clear view of the vagina and cervix. The gynecologist will likely perform a Pap test to make certain the patient does not have cervical cancer.
If the gynecologist finds any abnormal discharge in the vagina, they will collect a sample to check for conditions like yeast infections. If the patient is sexually active, the gynecologist can take yet another sample to check for any sexually transmitted diseases. They may also ask the patient for a urine sample for the same reason. During the gynecology exam, the gynecologist may also perform an exam that checks for abnormal growths.
A girl or woman should call our office if any of the following are true:
• She is over 15 and has still not started menstruating
• She has missed her period after having sex
• Her periods are unduly heavy and/or painful
• She finds any kind of discharge in her vagina
• She has any concerns about her reproductive health
At the Women’s Care Center in Bakersfield, we are committed to providing exceptional care and quality gynecology services. We invite you to schedule a gynecology exam at our office to ensure that your female health is right where it should be. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!