Learn what to expect at your annual visit.
By Toni Gasparis
Women know that they have to go to a gynecologist for their health. But many women don’t know what to expect or what they should be aware of every time they go. A woman’s body constantly changes as she ages so what was focused on in her visit at age 25 is not the same at age 55. OB/GYN and Director of Female Sexual Medicine Program at Stanford University School of Medicine Dr. Leah Millheiser breaks down women’s health and explains what you can expect from your annual visit at every life stage.
The average age for the mid-life change, known as menopause, is 51. At some point in this age range, if not even a little sooner, women will begin to go through menopause. This includes chronic symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, mood swings, a lower sex drive, vaginal dryness, and difficulty achieving orgasm. A woman’s period will start becoming varied and sparse: once a woman hasn’t had a period for a year she will have entered the menopause stage. Aside from discussing menopause with the gynecologist, there is an increased risk of cancer in women in this age group so appropriate screenings will be issues. It is important to maintain yearly appointments so the gynecologist can screen for both cervical and breast cancer.