Why every woman needs to visit her gynecologist in Katy, TX regularly – the sooner, the better!
A woman should visit her gynecologist, starting early in life and on a regular basis. We at Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine in Katy, TX have taken great care to design an office that is comfortable and inviting. Drs Jenkins, Falae, and Roy are sensitive to your needs, and treat you and your situation with utmost respect, understanding, and confidentiality. We know that you are more likely to return to our office for the care that you need to be most happy and healthy when you feel like you are in a warm, comforting environment, treated by accomplished and skilled professionals that you can trust.
Habits that support a lifetime of wellness
Women should begin to visit the gynecologist, well before they have reached “womanhood”; the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecology (ACOG), the leading organization for obstetricians and gynecologists, advises the first visit be scheduled around the age of 13 to 15. This is the timeframe when many girls have their first periods. Teens and young women should also visit us if they:
- Have sex
- Haven’t had a period for three months (or longer)
- Experience changes, such as pain and unusual vaginal discharge
- Notice lots of pain or excessive bleeding when menstruating
- Have had irregular periods for two years or longer
- Are sexually active and missed their period
The above is a partial list. If it is a concern to you, it is a concern to us. Generally, we recommend annual “well” visits. Also, annual abdominal and breast exams often begin at around age 19, while annual Pap tests and pelvic exams generally follow starting two years later.
Getting into a healthy routine early on provides you with power – through insight. We help you to understand your body, and any changes that occur. It also helps us to establish a “baseline,” what is normal for you. So, we can detect abnormalities and intervene appropriately. We’ll also explain some of the trouble signs that you should watch for, which can be signs of conditions like a vaginal infection, or Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. As difficult or embarrassing as it may be at first, we are here for you and encourage you to speak openly. Tell your doctor if you are sexually active. Some sexually transmitted infections are asymptomatic. We will want to get you checked out and ensure that you are healthy and resolve any issues. It’s also important to discuss ways to protect yourself from unwanted pregnancy or sexually-transmitted diseases and infections that can threaten your health, well-being, and life.
What to expect
Many of the things we’ll discuss during your visit will seem familiar – your family physician probably asks a lot of the same questions! We’ll do things like check your blood pressure, and ask about any concerns you may have such as unusual lumps you may have noticed, cramps, and sudden or worsening pain. Breast and pelvic exams, and Pap tests are all generally ordered to detect abnormalities that may be indicative of conditions such as breast and cervical cancers.
Whether it’s your first visit or 10th visit, we want you to feel calm and comfortable! We welcome questions, and anything that will help to make you feel more relaxed. You may wish to have a friend stay in the room with you during your visit. We want you to turn to us, rather than letting a worry consume you. There are problems that can be prevented, or can be managed in a way where they don’t overwhelm your life. We look forward to meeting you, and partnering with you on your wellness journey.