If you have been with a partner or more and you have never seen a gynecologist, it's time that you make an appointment so you can protect your feminine health. There are a lot of concerns that you want to have regarding your sexual history, even if it was only with one person for a long period of time. There are things that can occur if you aren't safe and if you haven't had your body examined. You'll want to make an appointment and request the following.
One of the first things you want to do is getting tested for all types of sexually transmitted diseases. Some diseases have obvious symptoms in the vaginal area like the following:
- Foul smelling discharge
- Green, yellow or brown discharge
- Burning, itching, irritation or pain
- Raised bumps
There are other symptoms that can remain dormant in the body for a long time, but they still need to be treated. With the screening you can find out if you have something that is treatable, something untreatable, or if you are clean to have sex with another partner.
HPV Prevention Vaccination
If you haven't contracted human papillomavirus already, you want to get the vaccination to prevent against getting it in the future. This is the most common sexually transmitted disease in Americans today, and it's growing. With the vaccination, you can feel protected against your partners that may not know they have it or in case you accidentally have unprotected sex.
Birth control is another important thing to consider, because you don't want an unplanned pregnancy. Some common options you can get if you go to an OBGYN and have a pap smear completed include these:
- Daily pills
- Ring that is inserted into the vagina
- Device in the arm
You'll have to talk with the medical professional about which option is the best for you and your lifestyle, to see what the recommend for your birth control needs.
If you have never been to an OB GYN before, find a provider that accepts your health insurance or that has payment options for those that don't have health insurance. You want to make sure that you don't have any type of dangerous disease and that you aren't the risk of health problems because you haven't taken the necessary precautions that are available to you to have safe sex and prevent pregnancy.