Your reproductive health is an intimate subject, one you may only feel comfortable discussing with a specialist. At Louisiana Women’s Healthcare, you have access to the extensive accumulative experience of over 30 specialists behind your care.
Gynecology is a branch of medicine dedicated to women’s health, particularly their reproductive health. A gynecologist is a physician who specializes in gynecology. Gynecology deals with any issue concerning the reproductive organs (uterus, fallopian tubes, cervix, ovaries and vagina). A gynecologist may also treat related problems in the bowel, bladder and urinary system since these are closely related to female reproductive organs.
Preventive care is one of the best ways to protect your gynecologic health. Your lifestyle choices and habits have a significant effect on your gynecologic health, too. Some of the practical ways you can take care of your gynecologic health include:
Girls in the U.S. get their first period around age 12. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that girls should have their first gynecological exam between the ages of 13 and 15. This is to help girls understand that there is a doctor dedicated to their reproductive health. However, a pelvic exam is usually not part of that first visit. Pelvic exams are recommended starting at age 21. From there, you should make an appointment with your gynecologist at least once a year for your well-woman checkup and any recommended screenings. You should also make an appointment with your physician if you notice any abnormal symptoms.
Your gynecologist takes care of your most intimate health issues, so it’s important to find a practice that makes you feel comfortable. You might first start with researching which providers your insurance covers. From there, your provider’s credentials, procedure success rates, and personality are some factors to consider.
Your relationship with your physician at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare is personal and sacred. That’s because our physicians put great emphasis on getting to know their patients as individuals to provide the best possible care through all seasons of their lives. If you are looking for highly-personalized and compassionate gynecological care, schedule an appointment with one of our caring physicians today online, through MyOchsner, or by phone (225) 201-2010.