How often should you see a gynaecologist

Seeing a gynaecologist is an important part of self-care for women, and one of the best ways to ensure that you stay healthy and aware of any changes in your reproductive health. Here’s more.

How often to see your gynae

How often you should visit your gynae depends on two things: your age and your health. The ideal time to schedule your first appointment is when you become sexually active or after the age of 21 (regardless of being sexually active or not). Women between the ages of 21 and 29 should be visiting their gynaecologist every year for a regular exam. If you’re pregnant or treating an infection, you should follow the guidance of your gynae strictly.

Other reasons to see a gynae

If you notice changes to your menstrual cycle (which can include heavy periods, skipped periods, or spotting between periods) or overall vaginal health (pain, discomfort or abnormal discharge), it’s advisable to make an appointment with your gynae.

What to expect

A visit to the gynae typically involves a pap smear, breast exam, pelvic exam or all three. It’s perfectly normal to feel a bit anxious and have many questions on your first visit.

It’s always a good idea to stay on top of your health, which includes your reproductive health. If you’re sexually active, or experiencing any of the signs above and haven’t paid a visit to a gynaecologist, now is a good time to start.

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