For many ladies, making an appointment with their gynecologist or obstetrician is a nerve-wracking experience, with some choosing not to make the appointment altogether. It is important that all women make a point of visiting an OB/GYN at least once a year. According to Dr. Tamara Richards of South Lake OB/GYN and Advanced Surgery, the following are the top reasons why these visits are essential:
Clinical Breast Exams
By now, you should have learned how to give yourself a breast exam at least once a month without any professional help. However, even if you have already learned how to do it, you still need to have it done in a professional (clinical) setting at least once each year.
The purpose of the clinical examination will be to confirm that you did not accidentally miss anything when performing your self-checks. It is also a great way to confirm that you do not have any of the signs associated with breast cancer. You can also use this opportunity to inquire on how to perform the checks if you do not already know how to do it.
If you have any concerns about your menstrual cycle, do not hesitate to seek professional advice. Not all problems should be ignored, as there are others that can lead to the development of more serious problems at a later date.
If you notice that your periods have become irregular, undergone a change, stopped, or last for a long time, it will be important to communicate this to our OB/GYN. Be sure to provide all the essential details including when the changes started to occur or any other accompanying symptoms that may be present.
If you are interested in visiting our office in Clermont, FL, call today to schedule your appointment! The team at South Lake OB/GYN and Advanced Surgery look forward to meeting you.