VISIT YOUR OB-GYN –NOW!

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We lay down the facts on why you need to visit your OB-GYN as soon as you turn 20

By Jacquiline Go-Laruan

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The female reproductive system matures to its functional peak at a relatively early age. While most women relate that to the fact that menopause happens at age 51 on average, the peak of fertility actually happens in the early 20s. After that peak, it goes downhill. Add to that the sensitivity of a woman’s reproductive system. It can easily be infected, resulting in long-term struggle. These biological facts are the main reasons why a woman MUST start visiting gynecologist or an OB-GYN as soon as she turns 20 years old to stop whatever reproductive organ problems she has or will be having as a result of family medical histories. Here is a run down on what happens at the OB-GYN clinic and what you can discover about your body.

1. REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH  BEFORE CONCEPTION IS MONITORED.

Women, with or without plans to conceive in the future, should regularly visit an OB-GYN in order to get a healthy reproductive system throughout their lives. This must start at a very early age or atleast 20 years of age, regardless of the woman’s sexual activity. Also, in case of unexpected or expected pregnancy, a woman is ensured of a prepared reproductive organ for safe delivery for both mother and child.

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2. THE BREAST ARE PROPERLY EXAMINED.

Paying a visit to the expert helps in early detection of breast cancer. Breast cancer is one of the primary causes of cancer-related deaths of women in the country today. The OB-GYN can do the examination on the woman’s breasts during visits as there are chances that self-examination can miss symptoms of breast cancer.

3. PAP TESTS OR PAP SMEARS ARE CONDUCTED

A Pap test can discover pre-cancerous and cancerous cells in the vagina and cervix. A Pap test can identify abnormal cells and detect transformations of cells in the cervix before it develops into cancer. Women must start undergoing Pap smears upon reaching 21 years of age regardless of sexual activity. For sexually active women, Pap smear must be taken at least once every two years. For women who have histories of cervical cancer in the family, this must be done more frequently.

4. REPRODUCTIVE DISEASES ARE DETECTED AND TREATED.

Apart from Pap smear, the gynecologist can examine the woman for any disorders of the reproductive system through conduct of tests with blood and tissue cultures, and breast abnormalities. Detecting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as bacterial vaginosis, Chlamydia, Herpes simplex or genital herpes, and Human papillomavirus (HPV) is of maximum importance. Early discovery of feminine body issues prevents bigger health problems, which are usually costly and may even cause death. Any unusual vaginal discharge or lesion should be evaluated. Gynecologists can take smears and decide whether a discharge or sore is related to any of these STDs: pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), syphilis, and other common women’s health problems like endometriosis, fibroid tumors, and cancer.

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5. THE OB-GYN ADVICES ON FERTILITY FOR FAMILY AND CAREER PLANNING.

Knowing the decline or increase in fertility by visiting the OB-GYN at an early stage of a woman’s life helps her to keep her career, perform timely shift in lifestyle and career, or produce the number of children she wants. There’s biological evidence of decline in fertility as women grow old, even though, they generally maintain regular, ovulatory menstrual cycles well until 50 years of age. Having a good professional relationship with the OB-GYN effectively plans fertility for better reproductive health. The saying “knowledge is power” also applies to maintaining a healthy reproductive system. An early OB-GYN visit gives a woman the gear and information to a healthier and well-planned future.

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