Women have thought that they do not need to meet with doctors specializing in obstetrics if they are not pregnant. This is actually a wrong notion. In order to care for our reproductive health, we need to consult with medical professionals even if we are not yet pregnant or not planning to.
There are services they offer that we could benefit from such as yearly gynecologic exams, treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, professional advice for contraceptive use, managing menopause, etc. For the list below, we would concentrate on the side of obstetrics that does not involve prenatal, labor and birth care for all women to relate.
Yearly Gynecologic Exams
Prevention is always better than cure. This could not have been truer when it comes to female reproductive health. Women are encouraged to get yearly gynecologic exams such as pap smear and breast exam. This is done to determine early if there is a risk for any serious diseases such as breast cancer and or cervical cancer. If there is any medical history of family members acquiring such conditions, it is better to undergo gynecologic exams biannually or as recommended by an obstetrician.
Treatment For Sexually Transmitted Diseases
If you feel embarrassed to get treated for any STD or sexually transmitted infections (STI), doctors specializing in obstetrics would not judge you for it, as this is included in the health services they provide. Not only would they try their best to cure you, they could also give you expert advice on how this could be avoided in the future. Remember, prevention is always better than cure. If you are sexually active, it is better that you take the necessary precaution in avoiding contracting STDs or STIs.
Professional Advice For Contraceptive Use
What works for your friend might not necessarily work for you and you should not try any contraceptive just because someone you know recommended it to you. Your body is different and it is better than the contraceptive you use is what your lifestyle and sex life requires. People who studied obstetrics are better suited in recommending contraceptive than those who just used a product and suddenly felt like they are an expert on the subject. It is advisable that you undergo a checkup first before you take any contraceptive especially if you are taking any medications. This is to avoid any of the active ingredients of your medicine and the contraceptive to contravene.
Similar to treatment for STD and STI, some women are embarrassed to admit that they are going through menopause. If you feel like you don’t have anyone to talk to regarding this and you feel like no one understands you, health professionals in the field of obstetrics could guide you as you go through this phase. They could better explain to you how you could deal with it and what to expect.
Knowing the other services that you could avail from an obstetrics specialist would help you be more responsible when it comes to your reproductive health. It would also be easier for you to know who you should consult when the above mentioned situation happens.