When To See an OBGYN

An OBGYN is an important part of a woman’s healthcare team. An obstetrician and gynecologist is an expert at diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the reproductive system. At Comprehensive Wellness Care in Chicago, IL, offer a wide range of obstetrics and gynecology services, to help protect your reproductive health.

So, when should you see an OBGYN? Needs vary depending on your age group, but a visit each year is the minimum. During your annual visit, your OBGYN doctor will:

  • Perform a breast exam, to check for breast lumps and other potential signs of breast cancer
  • Perform a gynecological exam, to check for abnormalities around and inside the vagina, and vaginal canal
  • Perform a pap test, to screen of cervical cancers and Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

In addition to annual visits, you should see your OBGYN doctor if you experience:

  • Pelvic pain and swelling that continues
  • Swelling or pain within and around female genitalia.
  • Abnormal discharge from your vagina that doesn’t resolve
  • Excessive bleeding during your period
  • Bleeding in between regular periods
  • Severe cramping during your period
  • Bleeding after menopause

Young girls and teens entering puberty should visit an OBGYN for:

  • Birth control options
  • Options to regulate periods
  • Help with heavy bleeding and discomfort

Women who are trying to get pregnant or are pregnant should visit the OBGYN for:

  • An initial examination, including pregnancy testing
  • Routine pregnancy examinations throughout the gestational term
  • Prenatal and postnatal care of yourself and your newborn

Women who are going through menopause should visit the OBGYN for help with uncomfortable symptoms, including:

  • Weight gain
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Mood swings
  • Thinning bones
  • Dry skin
  • Thinning hair

To find out more about when to see an OBGYN and how your OBGYN physician can help protect your reproductive health, call Comprehensive Wellness Care in Chicago, IL. You can reach the office by calling (773) 549-8900.

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