Why Regular Visits are Important
As more and more medical research is conducted and understood, the importance of annual or semi-annual visits to various health providers becomes clearer. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' guidelines state that teenage girls should start visiting their gynecologist yearly once they reach the ages of 13 and 15. This is particularly important if a girl or woman is sexually active. Beyond that, Dr. Lori Sweitzer, a obstetrician/gynecologist at LSC OB/GYN in Annapolis, Maryland, has a few more reasons why visits to her office are so imperative to a woman's reproductive health:
Establish a baseline
For many young women, the reason for a "normal" gynecological health isn't understood. By establishing a relationship with your Annapolis gynecologist, and keeping regular appointments throughout your lifetime, you will become more comfortable with the routine of examinations and can begin to understand the way your body operates and what is considered "normal" for you. This allows both you and Dr. Sweitzer to identify and treat any problems that may come up, including pain, missed periods, or abnormal vaginal discharge.
Stay ahead of history
A family history of female cancers - breast, ovarian and cervical - can be a frightening prospect as many of these cancers have genetic links. However, by taking time each year to have a wellness and pelvic exam at your Annapolis gynecology office, you're taking the proper steps toward maintaining your health. Dr. Sweitzer will perform examinations at each of your visits and compare any changes from your previous charts. Preventative medicine is a powerful tool against genetic risk factors.
Some women may need more or fewer examinations, depending on their age and health history. If you can't remember the last time you visited a gynecologist, it's time to give LSC OB/GYN in Annapolis, Maryland a call to set up an appointment today!