Is My Yearly Pelvic Exam the Only Time I Need to See the Gynecologist?
No, several circumstances may occur during the rest of the year. Consult your Ob/ Gyn whenever you experience abnormal signs and symptoms. These signs and symptoms include:
- Pelvic pain or menstrual cramps severe enough to disrupt your daily routine for even a few days a month.
- Abnormal bleeding occurs you must change sanitary napkins, tampons, or other menstrual products more often than once every two to three hours.
- Bleeding between periods.
- Any unusual discharge, pain, swelling, or itching of you vagina or lower abdomen.
Of course, if you think you are pregnant, see your healthcare provider as soon as possible to help ensure a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby.
Also see your gynecologist more often if:
- you plan of getting pregnant,
- you think you may have a sexually transmitted infection or have a partner who has STI,
- have a history of sexually related illness,
- or have a mother or sister who developed breast cancer before .
Consult your healthcare provider, if you notice any changes in your breasts such as puckering, dimpling, or other changes to the skin of your breasts; have newly retracted nipples, or discharge from your nipples, not associated with breast feeding; if there is any change in your breast size or shape; or if you experience an increase in breast pain, discomfort or emotional issues before your period.
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