When it comes to your reproductive health, you are in the driver’s seat. From the time you begin menstruating up until menopause, you should be doing everything you can to protect your reproductive health. Your first step should be to find a gynecologist that you trust to guide you through your reproductive journey, and many experts agree that you should have your first appointment with a gynecologist at the onset of menstruation or, at the very earliest, once you become sexually active.
There are other steps that you should take to protect your reproductive health. You should always use some kind of contraception or birth control if you are not ready to get pregnant. Do what you can to protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), whether you are having vaginal, anal or oral sex. Know the sexual history of your sexual partner before engaging in sexual behavior. Get tested for STDs or HIV after having unprotected sex with a new partner or with a partner who has other sexual partners.
Your gynecologist will recommend certain preventative tests and check-ups throughout your adult years. These include pap smears, breast exams, and questions about your menstrual cycle and any abnormal pain or symptoms you may have before your cycle begins. While seeing your gynecologist, the best thing you can do for your reproductive health is to be honest about anything abnormal going on with your body. It may be helpful to begin to track your menstrual cycle dates, so that your gynecologist can have a clearer picture of your cycle.
When in partnership with a gynecologist you trust, you can rest assured that you are doing everything you can to keep your reproductive system healthy. Fayetteville Woman’s Care has two locations in central North Carolina to serve you. Our gynecologists in Fayetteville, NC and Lumberton, NC are highly trained experts in reproductive health and the issues that may arise as you age. If you are looking for a gynecologist in Fayetteville, NC, Lumberton, NC or the surrounding areas, look no further than the team at Fayetteville Woman’s Care. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment at (910) 323-2103.