A mutual trust must be built
Considering the intimate nature of their profession, a gynecologist needs to have perseverance when communicating with their patients. Important questions will be made in a respectful and compassionate manner, in order to achieve a mutual understanding and to make it easier for the patient to open up and fully discuss what the issue is.
If the patient is suffering from a disease, for example diabetes, it is a crucial detail for the doctor- who also must monitor some of the same medical conditions as her general practitioner, as some conditions may have an impact on the patient’s reproductive organs or hormones.
Why are the regular exams needed?
Gynecological exams are performed to make it possible to diagnose problems or diseases that the patient may be suffering from, or are at risk of getting. Matters such as the possibility of getting pregnant, the risks of a pregnancy, polycystic ovarian syndrome, risk of cervical cancer or breast cancer, or more common issues such as vaginal infections or urinary tract infections may be monitored.
Problems and risks of menopause are also considered. Most gynecologists can also perform surgeries on women, such as caesarean sections, cancer operations, tube tying and so on. Gynecologists work in either a medical and/or educational field, sometimes both.
During a gynecological exam, the doctor will examine the breasts, vagina, cervix, fallopian tubes, vulva, ovaries, and uterus. Quite often an ultrasound is taken to complement the exam. The most recommended, regular test from the age of 21 and up, is the pap smear, but the doctor may also perform STD tests, complete a breast exam, and monitor the woman’s use of birth control.