Gynecology is a branch of medicine that focuses on diseases of the female with an extra focus on the reproductive system.
A gynecologist is a medical doctor who has extensive training in women’s health, especially reproductive health. Building a relationship with a dedicated gynecologist is important for preventive care and early detection of chronic diseases.
Ideally, you should schedule an annual preventive care exam, known as a well-woman exam. If you have chronic conditions, like polyps or endometriosis, your gynecologist may want to see you more regularly.
You should also schedule an evaluation at Garden OB/GYN if you’re beginning to experience menopause-related symptoms, such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
There are a few things you can do to prepare for your gynecology exam at Garden OB/GYN, just to ensure you get the most out of your visit and to help your doctor better understand your health.
If you’re due for a Pap smear, try to schedule your appointment on a day when you’re not on your period because menstrual flow could affect your results. Or if you need a blood draw, you might need to fast for several hours beforehand, but you can ask the caring team at Garden OB/GYN ahead of time if this applies to you.