When to Go to the Gynecologist

Okay, ladies. We know that none of you really look forward to visiting the gynecologist. But, we also know that it’s really important that you do.

Beyond getting your annual pap smear, which checks for cervical cancer, a regular gynecologist visit can also take care of many women’s health concerns like breast lumps and sexually transmitted infections. Your gynecologist can also diagnose some conditions – even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms – that could save you from not being able to have a child in the future. With benefits like that, there’s really no excuse for missing this annual appointment!

It’s recommended that women see their gynecologist once every year starting at age 18 or within a year of becoming sexually active. Other reasons that you should see a gynecologist outside of this annual appointment might include:

  • Issues with your menstrual cycle, including too frequent or often skipped periods, bleeding lasting longer than seven days, severe cramps, heavy bleeding, etc.
  • Pain in your lower abdomen or genital area
  • Sores, cuts, or bumps in the genital area
  • Breast abnormalities

St. Mark’s Center for Women’s Health, a new gynecology practice, was just opened on November 1st and offers all these services as well as surgical gynecologic procedures. Staffed by Dr. Patricia Bearnson, Gynecologist, and Dr. Catherine Wheeler, Gynecologic Surgeon, the gynecology clinic staff has more than 40 years of combined experience caring for women’s health needs.

So, if you’ve put off seeing the gynecologist for a while, make an appointment and take charge of your health! To schedule an appointment with one of the physicians at St. Mark’s Center for Women’s Health, call 801.272.6100.


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