What Should You Be Discussing With Your Gynecologist?

You may think of a gynecologist as the specialist who performs your yearly pelvic exams. You’re right — she is. But gynecologists do so much more than that, overseeing every aspect of a woman’s health.

If you have a yearly well-woman visit coming up, don’t think of it as just a pelvic checkup. Instead, consider it a time to discuss any health concern that you have.

At Virtuosa GYN in San Antonio, Texas, Susan Crockett, MD, and our team of highly trained care providers are here to help you with all of your women’s health needs. With that in mind, we’d like to remind you of some of the things we are happy to discuss with you during your appointments.

Pain

Tell us if you are having any type of pain, including pelvic pain. Whether you have mild pain, debilitating pain, pressure, a feeling of heaviness in your pelvic area, or even just annoying itching, we need to know about it. 

We can look for the cause of your pain and recommend treatments that can offer relief.

Pelvic pain, pressure, and discomfort can have a variety of causes, including:

Birth control and sexual health

There are many different kinds of birth control. No one method is best for every woman, so we work with you to decide which is right for you. 

Remember, as time goes by, your birth control needs may change. What was best for you in the past may not be the optimal method for you now. Talk with us to get the up-to-date protection you need. And tell us if you’re experiencing a loss of interest in sex or if sex is becoming painful.

Breast concerns

Are you feeling pain or discomfort in your breasts? Have you felt a lump, hardening, or other change in your breast or nipple? Let us know. We will examine your breasts and talk with you about whether it’s time for a mammogram.

Bleeding and menstrual concerns

Don’t assume that heavy bleeding, long periods, irregular periods, or menstrual pain are just something you have to put up with. In many cases, these symptoms are caused by issues that respond well to medical treatment.

Incontinence

Incontinence is an embarrassing condition that can interfere with your quality of life. If you’re experiencing any kind of incontinence, including leaking urine, sudden urges to urinate, an inability to empty your bladder, or fecal incontinence, speak up. We can help.

Changes in your vaginal health

Tell us if you have vaginal discharge, vaginal dryness, pain during sex, or other changes in your vagina.

Menopausal issues

Perimenopause (the years before menopause) and menopause can bring on a variety of symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, decreased interest in sex, vaginal dryness, and brain fog. 

Treatment, including hormone replacement therapy, can help relieve these symptoms.  

At Virtuosa GYN, we use bioidentical hormone replacement rather than synthetic hormones. With bioidentical hormone therapy, you receive a hormone mix that is custom-compounded at our trusted pharmacy based on your individual testing results.

Any other health concerns

Mention any other health concerns that you have on your mind. We can answer your questions and refer you to other specialists as needed.

We’re here to help you with all of your health needs. Call us today to schedule a yearly well-woman exam or an evaluation for any health concern you may have.

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