Are you thinking about scheduling an appointment with an OB/GYN, but aren’t exactly sure if a visit is even necessary? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Our 219 Health Network OB/GYN providers near Whiting will discuss when and how often you should see your obstetrician/gynecologist.
Reproductive health concerns, pregnancy, menopause and annual physicals are good reasons to see an OB/GYN. Other reasons include:
- Testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- Confirming a pregnancy
- Discussing menstrual disorders or vaginitis
- Having a Pap smear and clinical breast exam
When should you visit your OB/GYN for the first time?
Visiting an OB/GYN for the first time can be nerve-racking. Figuring out the right time depends on your situation. Women older than 21 should begin to see an OB/GYN for routine Pap smears. If you are between the ages of 11 and 18, continue to see a pediatrician or family doctor unless you have reproductive health concerns, abnormal menstruation, delayed puberty or difficulty using a tampon.
Visiting an OB/GYN before, during and after pregnancy
If you are ready to conceive, a consultation with your provider can be helpful. You can learn more about ovulation, genetic testing and prenatal vitamins. See your obstetrician/gynecologist regularly during pregnancy to be best-prepared for childbirth. At 219 Health Network, our provider in East Chicago specializes in high-risk pregnancy. Our certified nurse midwife in Highland specializes in teen and low-risk pregnancy; natural and midwifery delivery; vaginal birth after cesarean section; and water birth.
Annual health checkups
Pelvic exams are recommended once a year by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Pap smears should be performed at least every three years, if previous tests have been normal. Abnormal Pap smears may necessitate more frequent tests or exams. Your OB/GYN will also test for any problems with your vagina, uterus, cervix, ovaries or fallopian tubes during these exams. You should also get a breast exam done regularly to check for breast lumps or changes in your breast tissue. Your OB/GYN also can help schedule your annual mammogram.
Looking for an Affordable OB/GYN in Whiting?
Are you looking for an OB/GYN near Whiting to turn to for your women’s health concerns? If so, 219 Health Network can help you get the care you need at an affordable cost. Contact us today to learn how we can help.