How Often Should I See My Gynecologist?

Life was interrupted in significant ways during the COVID-19 pandemic, as witnessed by the humorous memes of gray roots and pajamas at noon. 

While everything may have been put on hold temporarily, it’s now time to get back into the swing of things, and we’re going to make a case for putting your health at the top of the list.

At Marion Ob/Gyn, Dr. David Foulk and our team provide invaluable (and preventive) gynecological care for your reproductive health, giving you peace of mind knowing that an experienced team is looking after your wellness. 

Here’s a look at how often you should see us and why these regular visits are so beneficial for your health.

But I feel just fine

You’re feeling great and everything seems to be functioning smoothly, so why come see us? Well, there are several reasons why asymptomatic, non-pregnant women should see a gynecologist annually, including:

To illustrate the importance of some of these services and screenings, untreated and asymptomatic infections can lead to problems with fertility, as well as cancer. 

If you see us annually and we identify an infection, we can quickly treat the problem, helping you to avoid far more serious consequences down the road.

Consider, too, that these once-a-year visits with us are called well-woman exams for a reason. Our goal is to ensure your overall wellness. 

To do this, we need to establish important baselines for your reproductive health during your annual visits, which allow us to spot any worrisome trends.

Lastly, a woman’s health is governed by her reproductive health to a large degree as your life can, arguably, be divided into three stages:

Each of these stages comes with significant changes to your body, and we’re here to oversee them all, helping to make these transitions as seamless as possible.

When problems arise

Your annual well-woman exam can help us take preventive action, but if you’re experiencing any problems, such as pelvic pain or abnormal menstrual cycles, make an appointment right away.

To give you an idea of some of the many problems we see in our practice, here’s a list of the more common:

Each of these conditions typically come with hard-to-ignore symptoms, which is your body’s way of signaling a problem, and we urge you to heed the call. As we’ve already mentioned, resolving reproductive health issues (or any health issue) in its earlier stages sets us up for an easier, and more successful, outcome.

The frequency of your visits depends

To get back to the question we pose in the title of this blog about how often you should see a gynecologist, the short answer is once a year, as we outlined above. But the long answer depends on your health. 

If we spot a problem, you may have to see us more regularly as we work toward resolution, at which point you can go back to your annual visits.

If you have more questions about your well-woman exam or you’d like to set one up, please contact our office in Marion, Ohio, to get started.

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