Find out why every woman should come in for annual women’s wellness checkups.
Preventive medical care is the most effective way that patients can protect themselves from developing a variety of illnesses and issues. Furthermore, regular preventive care means that our Upper East Side OBGYN, Dr. Laura Corio, is able to detect problems early on when they are easier to treat. If it’s your first time visiting a gynecologist for care, you may be wondering what to expect and why these visits are so important for all women. Here’s what you should know:
When should a woman start visiting a gynecologist for routine checkups?
Often times, a young girl will begin visiting a gynecologist between the ages of 13 and 18. While some girls may choose to exclusively see their pediatrician, there are certain issues that only our Upper East Side gynecologist can address including:
- Delayed puberty
- Issues with menstrual cycles (including heavy or painful periods)
- Contraceptive needs or sexual health problems
The first gynecologist visit is a chance for our doctor to get to know our younger patients and provide them with the care they need. Many times a physical examination is not even necessary. We will talk with the young woman and answer any questions she might have about her developing body, birth control, sexuality, and menstruation. We can also provide them with helpful advice during this time.
What happens during a routine OBGYN visit?
There are several things that will occur during your annual well-women visit, including,
- A review of your medical history
- A discussion of any issues that you are having
- A physical exam, including an internal pelvic exam to look for inflammation, pain, or other issues with the uterus, ovaries, or fallopian tubes
- A pap smear, during which our gynecologist uses a brush-like instrument to take some cells from the cervix to check for pre-cancer or cancer cells.
Why are these gynecology checkups so important?
These checkups are crucial for all women because this preventive checkup could protect against certain problems or conditions. Furthermore, we can also detect issues early on when they are much easier to treat. During your checkup, we can screen for,
- Bladder disease
- Bone disease
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Breast, uterine, and cervical cancer
We can also provide women with contraceptive materials and educate them on safe-sex practices as well as answer any questions that they may have about their reproductive health.
Give us a call!
If it’s time to schedule your next annual gynecology appointment, then call our Upper East Side office at (646) 422-0730. Make health your number one priority!
Coming in to see your OBGYN, in the Upper East Side, once a year is an important part of every woman’s health. Even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms these examinations could prevent issues from happening and can allow your doctor to detect problems early on when problems are often much easier to treat. If we detect any suspicious growths or other symptoms during your pelvic examination then we may recommend getting a biopsy. There are different diagnostic biopsies that we may recommend depending on the symptoms and issues you are experiencing.
This biopsy is often performed if a Pap test or other diagnostic test detected abnormal cells in the cervix. In some cases, if you’ve been diagnosed with human papillomavirus (HPV) you may also require a cervical biopsy since some types of HPV can cause cervical cancer. A cervical biopsy may also help determine if the abnormal cells are potentially precancerous.
There are a few different ways that a cervical biopsy can be performed. Of course, no matter what technique is used, a cervical biopsy will need to remove a sample of the abnormal tissue for testing. Cervical biopsies are performed by a punch, cone or endocervical curettage method.
Just like a cervical biopsy removes a sample of tissue from the cervix, this specific biopsy will remove a sample from the endometrium (the lining of the uterus). This biopsy may also be one way that your gynecologist can check hormone levels that can affect the health of your endometrium. This type of biopsy may also be recommended if you are experiencing irregular, heavy or long-term bleeding and aren’t sure of the cause.
This procedure is a great way for your OBGYN to check the health of your cervix, vagina, and vulva to look for any signs or symptoms of the disease. Just like with a cervical biopsy, a colposcopy may be recommended if your Pap test came back abnormal. During your colposcopy, a small sample of tissue will be removed and examined. This diagnostic procedure is a great way to detect and diagnose certain issues such as cervicitis (inflammation of the cervix), precancerous tissue or genital warts.
If you have questions about your upcoming biopsy or if you are experiencing any symptoms or changes then it’s time you visited an OBGYN who can help you.
Knowing how to best manage your symptoms will help make the transition into menopause much easier.
Every woman goes through menopause. Of course, some women seem to breeze right through it without any trouble while other women suffer from severe night sweats, mood swings, headaches and a variety of other issues due to hormonal imbalances. If you are experiencing symptoms of menopause that are affecting your daily life it’s time to talk to our Dr. Laura Corio, MD OBGYN about ways to help get your symptoms under control.
It’s good to know that most of the time your menopause symptoms can be managed with simple lifestyle changes. Here are some options that could help:
If you suffer from hot flashes…
- Avoid spicy foods, alcohol or caffeine, which can trigger a hot flash
- Opt for a fan to help with hot flashes at home or while in the office
- Talk to your Dr. Laura Corio, MD gynecologist about whether menopausal hormone therapy could help alleviate your night sweats
- Sometimes medication can be prescribed to help with hot flashes (just ask us!)
If you are having difficulty sleeping…
- Try to exercise more regularly, which can improve your quality of sleep
- Do not drink caffeine after noon
- Make sure your bedroom is promoting good sleep. It should be a comfortable temperature, quiet and dark
- Power down electronics about one hour before bed
- Don’t eat a large meal late at night or right before bed
- Skip naps during the day
- Try to get on a sleep schedule where you go to bed and get up the same time each day
If you are experiencing vaginal dryness…
- You can try an over-the-counter lubricant or vaginal moisturizer
- And it’s severe or isn’t resolved through over-the-counter methods talk to us about prescription creams or other treatment options like menopausal hormone therapy
If you are having trouble with mood swings…
- Make sure you are getting enough sleep every day
- Exercise regularly, which can boost endorphins and improve your mood
- Talk to us about ways to help better manage your stress levels
- See a therapist or consider joining a support group
- Talk to us if you are experiencing depression, anxiety or other symptoms that are affecting your daily life
In some cases menopausal hormone therapy is a great way to alleviate a lot of the common symptoms of menopause, but this treatment isn’t right for everyone and could actually increase your chances of certain health conditions. This is why it’s always a good idea to talk to us about the pros and cons of hormone therapy.
Menopause doesn’t have to be a challenging time. Our Dr. Laura Corio, MD gynecologists can help make it easier with a variety of different treatment options including hormone therapy. If you want to find out if hormone therapy is right for you then it’s time to schedule an appointment to learn more.
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