Whether you are looking to welcome a new bundle of joy into your home or you want to take precautions to avoid conceiving a baby, family planning is an extremely important part of any woman’s life.
The methods of contraceptives have advanced immensely in the past several years. Whether you prefer a pill, a patch, or an injection, there is a contraceptive out there to fit each individual’s lifestyle. No one knows this better than your OB/GYN. Your gynecologist can give you medical advice on the proper form of birth control for you.
It is up to you to take responsibility for your actions. So please, plan accordingly, because it is much easier to take precautions before hand than to deal with the consequences of unprotected passion.
How to Protect Yourself
It is of the utmost importance that every female see their Gynecologist at least once a year. At this yearly visit, your gynecologist will perform an examination which will include a Pap test, and most often a breast exam. Both the Pap test and breast exam look for any abnormalities or signs of potential disease or cancer in the breast and female reproductive organs.
While periodic mammograms are suggested, most females do not start scheduling mammograms until they reach their 40s, but it is never too early to get a mammogram, especially for those at greater risk of breast cancer, like those who have breast cancer running in their families. Normally, if your doctor finds any lumps or reason for concern while conducting the breast exam at your annual visit, they will then have a mammogram conducted which will be able to give better detail and analysis concerning the tissues in your breasts.
Even at home, it’s easy to take proactive steps for your health. Aside from proper diet and exercise, every woman can conduct a breast self-exam in the shower or bathroom. It takes only moments, but it could save your life.
No one knows your body better than you! Trust your senses. If you have a concern, any at all, contact your doctor!
How to Choose Your Doctor
Think of it this way ladies, you wouldn’t go into a store and buy an expensive pair of shoes without trying them on and comparing them to a couple other styles would you? No. So why in the world would you go with a random, unfamiliar person to be your gynecologist? Remember, it’s YOUR doctor, and you have complete and utter freedom to choose a physician that you feel comfortable with. With what can already feel like an embarrassing subject to some, there’s nothing worse than feeling tense or uneasy with the person conducting the exam and answering your questions and concerns. Believe me, your doctor and their staff understand this, and they want to do everything in their power to make you feel comfortable. For example, many women prefer to have a female doctor perform their exams. There’s nothing wrong with requesting a doctor who fits your needs or personality. If you feel uncomfortable for any reason with your doctor, you have the ability to request a new one.