Gynecology Specialist Questions and Answers

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Gynecology Specialist Questions and Answers
Gynecology Specialist Questions and Answers

If you are a Woman of 13 or older you should be making regular visits to a gynecology specialist. A gynecologist can help with symptoms such as pain in the pelvis or vagina, abnormal uterine bleeding or any issues or concerns related to menstruation, menopause, pregnancy, fertility, or female puberty. At Women’s Healthcare of Illinois our founder, Dr. Kenneth Finkelstein, has been providing gynecological care in the Chicagoland Area for over 20 years and the rest of his team is equally qualified and celebrated in their fields. With our expertise and cutting-edge techniques please make us your first choice when seeking out or changing gynecology specialists.

What are good questions to ask a gynecologist?

Our main goal is to make you feel comfortable, so no question is off the table, but here are some tips to get the most out of your visit to your gynecologist. First things first, it is an excellent idea to write down the questions you wish to ask your gynecologist, so you do not forget your concerns. You should also make sure that you make note of your last monthly period, specifically when it began and when it ended, especially if you have a question regarding menstruation, menopause or pregnancy.

Some of the most common questions asked of gynecologists involve female sexuality and concerns regarding genitalia. Your doctor is not judging you and you should feel comfortable voicing any concerns in this regard, from wondering why you don’t enjoy sexual intercourse like you feel you should or if you are concerned that you have contracted an STI and are wondering about testing.

Gynecologists can also field questions regarding general health and hygiene of the genital area such as being concerned about abnormal itches or smells or whether your period is to light, heavy or painful. Whether or not you should be washing or cleansing the vaginal area or if you are unable to hold urination, having unfortunate accidents at unfortunate moments. Remember that this is a gynecologists area of expertise, they are ready and willing to help you with any concerns regarding your health and you should never feel embarrassed to be honest.

What should I expect the first time I visit a Gynecologist?

A first time visit to a gynecologist, whether it is your first ever visit or you are simply changing specialists, will usually involve a few things. In order to get a full picture of your gynecological health your gynecologist will conduct a pelvic exam, which includes a pap smear to test your cervical health and may conduct additional tests on the rest of your pelvic organs such as your ovaries, uterus, rectum, vulva and vagina. Often you will discuss with your gynecologist what tests you desire and what tests are necessary in order to best determine you comfort level balanced against your concerns. Your gynecologist may also perform a breast exam and take a urine sample.

Can you see a gynecologist on period?

While it may be a bit of a social taboo to see a gynecologist or have anyone look at your vaginal area during your period, this is nothing new for a gynecological specialist and it is determined more by the comfort level of you, the patient, than the perceived discomfort of the gynecologist as we can assure you, our doctors are not bothered. There is no need to reschedule a gynecological appointment due to an irregularly occurring period and in fact it might be a better choice not to cancel or reschedule your appointment if this was unexpected as an irregular period could be an indicator of a greater concern.

We hope that we have set you at ease regarding your decision to come to us with your gynecological issues and have given you some questions to ask should you have any specific concerns. Please feel free to contact us at your earliest convenience to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.

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Gynecology Frequently Asked Questions

What is a gynecologist?

A gynecologist is a doctor who provides health care for women and their unique needs outside of pregnancy.

What exactly does a gynecologist do?

A gynecologist treats women of all ages from puberty through the end of life helping maintain their health and any problems that occur throughout their lifetime. Gynecologists receive special training in women’s health and reproductive organs.

When should I go see a gynecologist?

Women should start to see a gynecologist in their teen years prior to sexual activity. It is important to have a relationship with your gynecologist throughout your lifetime, starting early for education. A yearly check in is important to make sure all preventive care is up to date.

What is the difference between obstetrics and gynecology?

Obstetrics focuses on taking care of women during pregnancy. Gynecology focuses on function and prevention of disease of reproductive organs.