If you’re undecided about whether you really need to make an appointment for an annual exam, Montgomery County gynecologist Dr. Rania Ibrahim advises that an annual exam can reveal much more about your total health than you might think.
The unfortunate fact is that fewer than 20% of women visit their gynecologist for an annual exam. And while some gynecologists feel that if a woman seems healthy that she really doesn’t need a pelvic exam, Dr. Ibrahim still urges her patients to schedule a comprehensive examination at least once a year.
Following are some reasons why you might just want to schedule that annual appointment your Montgomery County gynecologist right now.
- We can determine if something is ruining your sex life. Many patients hesitate to discuss their sexual problems because they’re too uncomfortable discussing it. However, gynecologists can diagnose vaginal dryness that results from a rise and fall in your estrogen levels.
- We can ascertain any other condition that may be having a negative impact in other ways. During a physical exam, your gynecologist is sometimes able to identify damaged muscles, which may be causing urinary incontinence.
- We can determine if you really have a yeast infection. Studies show that over 70% of women try to self-treat a yeast infection prior to contacting their Montgomery County gynecologist. But in many of those cases, what they thought was a yeast infection turns out to be a different kind of vaginal infection that won’t respond to OTC yeast medications.
- We can identify possible diseases. During an annual appointment, your gynecologist will examine the vulva area for symptoms of melanoma and other pre-cancerous skin changes.
- We can diagnose sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). While we can see suspicious indications of a serious STD, the only way to tell for sure is to perform a blood test.
Don’t take chances for something small to turn into something far more serious! Call the office of Montgomery County gynecologist Dr. Rania Ibrahim today to schedule a confidential consultation.