If you are in your teens, you should establish a relationship with an obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) with whom you feel comfortable and can discuss health issues honestly. Her or she will address your concerns regarding menstrual issues, contraception and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. Your OB/GYN will also discuss appropriate vaccinations, including prevention options for human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that causes cervical cancer. Internal pelvic exams are unnecessary at this stage unless needed to address a specific problem. Open and honest dialogue with parents or guardians is a good idea at this time as well.
Barry J. Jacobson, MD
Specialty: OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Location and Office HoursOb/Gyn Associates of Delaware County
2100 Keystone Ave Ste 707
Drexel Hill, PA 19026
- Bryn Mawr Hospital
- Crozer-Chester Medical Center
- Delaware County Memorial Hospital
- Springfield Hospital
Do I need to see a gynecologist if I am a teenager?
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Are women healthier than men?
Harry Fisch, MD, Urology, answeredI know a lot of guys may not want to hear this, but men, in general, are less healthy than women by practically any measure. Life expectancy for men is currently about 75 years. For women: 80 years. About twice as many men as women die each year from heart attacks. And the rates of other major diseases such as stroke, diabetes and chronic lung disease are all higher for men.
Unfortunately, men themselves are part of the reason for this state of affairs. Not only do many men not take care of themselves the way they should, they don't have the same attitudes about disease prevention that women tend to have. Consider this: Compared to women, men make half as many visits to their doctors for preventive care.
These differences become more acute as men pass the 50-year mark.
How come? First of all, many men are in denial about their prospects for becoming ill. For many men, getting sick or having a disease is viewed as a sign of weakness or failure. If you think like this, you don't have much motivation to go to a doctor for an annual checkup, or to have some seemingly minor bump, rash or pain properly evaluated. Easier to just suck it up and drive on, so to speak. But, with this attitude, health problems, such as cancer or heart disease can get steadily worse. By the time a man finally seeks help, the problem is much more difficult to treat.Helpful? 2 people found this helpful.
What gynecological conditions should I be aware of if I am over 65?
There are a number of common gynecological conditions that you should be aware of if you are age 65 or older. One of these is vaginal atrophy, which causes vaginal dryness and sensitivity. Hot flashes and postmenopausal bleeding are also a concern.
Ten percent of women who have bleeding after menopause will be found to have endometrial (uterine) cancer. It is important to catch any kind of cancer, especially endometrial, early when it is easier to treat and the cure rate is very high. Pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence are other conditions that may require treatment in this age group.
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