Not sure if you need to see a gynecologist? Our Brownsville, TX, gynecologist, Dr. J. Gabriel Guajardo, shares a few reasons that you may want to make an appointment.
You're sexually active
Regular pelvic examinations and periodic pap smears are particularly important if you're sexually active. During your visit, your gynecologist can share information on the various types of birth control available and discuss any questions you may have regarding effectiveness and side effects. Pap smears can detect cervical cancer or atypical cells that may increase your risk for the cancer. Because cancer can be caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), a sexually transmitted virus, it's important to have regular pap smears if you're having sex.
You're 21 or over
If you're 21 or older, even if you're not sexually active, it's important to schedule regular visits to our Brownsville office. Yearly visits are an important part of maintaining good reproductive health.
You're concerned about a menstrual problem
Your gynecologist can diagnose the cause of heavy, absent or painful periods and provide treatments that address your symptoms. Make an appointment with our Brownsville office if your periods occur more frequently than every 21 days, last longer than a week, or if you notice spotting between periods.
You think you might be pregnant
Prenatal care is the key to a healthy pregnancy for you and your baby. Conditions that can affect your pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes or preeclampsia, can be diagnosed and treated promptly when you make gynecological appointments a priority.
You found a lump in your breast
Finding a lump can be a frightening experience, although growths and lumps are often non-cancerous. If you find a lump, experience breast pain or discharge or notice any change in the texture of the skin on your breast, it's important to schedule an appointment.
You're going through peri-menopause or menopause
Peri-menopause, the span of years leading up to menopause, can cause all sorts of unpleasant symptoms, ranging from heavy periods to hot flashes to mood swings. Your gynecologist can help you manage the symptoms that affect the quality of your life.
Gynecological visits help you protect your health. Call our Brownsville, TX, gynecologist, Dr. Guajardo, at (956) 350-4821 to schedule your appointment.