For a woman, staying healthy at any age means taking full responsibility for her own health and well-being. Of course, this translates into a balanced lifestyle involving diet and exercise, but there are some things that you’ll need a doctor’s help and advice for (every so often).
In order to clear up any misconceptions you may have about what to watch for and when a trip to the OB-GYN office may be needed, we’ve compiled a checklist for you to review.
- When to visit PGOMG: As soon as you are sexually active, or if you are concerned than you may have been exposed to an STD.
- What happens at PGOMG: We offer comprehensive STD testing and treatment. We completely respect your privacy and are prepared to address any questions you may have about exposure, contraception, testing and treatment. STD screenings can include a visual exam, blood testing and cultures. If you test positive for an STD, we will inform you promptly and provide treatment options.
- When to visit PGOMG: We recommend that patients begin to receive the HPV vaccine, known as Gardasil, between ages 16-18, although it can be given earlier (beginning at age 11).
- What happens at PGOMG: HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is a highly common sexually transmitted infection. The Gardasil vaccine protects patients against HPV, and we recommend it regardless of whether or not an individual is sexually active. The vaccine is administered in three stages over a six-month period of time.
BRCA 1 & 2
- When to visit PGOMG: If you have a family history of certain genes, such as BRCA, Lynch and Counsyl then you are likely at an increased risk for developing breast and ovarian-related cancers. It’s important to note that although not everyone with these risk factors will develop the conditions, talking to your PGOMG provider is critical to determine risk factors and any need for testing, regardless of your age.
- What happens at PGOMG: Your doctor will review your medical history with you and determine if there is a need for genetic testing.
- When to visit PGOMG: Typically, women begin to experience symptoms of menopause in their 40s and 50s. If you are in this age range and are experiencing symptoms that interrupt your daily routine, it is time to visit PGOMG.
- What happens at PGOMG: Your provider will discuss your symptoms and provide advice on how to relieve symptoms. If needed, your provider will also review menopause treatments, including such options as hormone replacement therapy and biodentical hormones.