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After I found out that I was pregnant, I decided to focus on finding an excellent prenatal care. I started looking for an OBGYN who could help me with the kind of care that I needed, but it was overwhelming at first. I was nervous that I would choose the wrong provider and that it would complicate my pregnancy, but I was able to find a great doctor who could help me along the way. He walked me through prenatal care requirements, and it was really fantastic to see the difference that it made in my life. This blog is here to help other people to understand prenatal care.

Understanding Prenatal Care

When Should You Schedule An Appointment For Gynecological Care?

Regina Cooper

Men and women have unique health needs. The female reproductive system is complex, which is why some doctors specialize in women's health care. Gynecologists can help women manage their reproductive health but only when women go to see them. If one of these statements describes your situation, you should contact your gynecologist to set up an appointment: 

1. You feel a frequent urge to urinate or pain with urination.

It's important to drink plenty of water to maintain the health of your body and urinary tract. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can arise when bacteria enter the urethra, which can happen through sex or poor hygiene. For many women, the first sign of a UTI is a feeling of itching or burning when urinating. People with UTIs may also feel like they need to urinate, even after they have already voided their bladders. If you have any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with your gynecologist. Urinalysis can determine whether or not you have a UTI; if you do, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics to clear up your infection.

2. You have a rash on your genital area.

Genital discomfort is always a cause for concern. If you notice a rash or itchy, painful bumps on any part of your genital area, you should schedule an appointment with your gynecologist. Rashes, itchiness, pain, and redness in the vulval area can be caused by sexually transmitted infections (STIs), allergies, or irritation. The first thing your gynecologist will do is rule out the possibility of STIs using special tests. Many STIs can be cured with the right treatment, and all STIs can be managed. Your doctor will choose the appropriate treatment to relieve rashes, warts, and other symptoms.

3. You have questions about starting or stopping contraceptive use.

Most people who are sexually active can benefit from the use of contraceptives. Contraceptives prevent unwanted pregnancy by changing the way a woman's reproductive system works. Your gynecologist can answer your questions about contraceptive use and help you find the type of birth control that meets your needs. If you're unsatisfied with your current contraceptive, your doctor can help you find a better alternative. Gynecologists can also advise women who are ready to stop using birth control in order to start a family.

4. You haven't been to the gynecologist's office in over a year.

Finally, you should schedule an appointment with your gynecologist if you haven't been to see them in over a year. Preventative care is an important part of women's wellness. Annual pelvic exams and regular pap smears can help you avoid serious health conditions and stay on top of your reproductive care.

Contact a local gynecology service to learn more.