Have your women's health annual check-up with an English-speaking gynecologist in Barcelona
Firstly, many of the conditions that affect women’s health, including the human papilloma virus (HPV), cervical cancer, and breast cancer, can exist without any signs or symptoms. Regular screening with gynecologic examinations and tests can detect these conditions at earlier stages when they can be treated most effectively.
Therefore, if you have just moved to Barcelona and are looking for a referent gynecologist for your women's health annual check-up and follow-up, feel free to contact us! Our highly-qualified team will be happy to help you.
Why is it important to have a women's health annual check-up?
While your annual well-woman examination may not be high on your list of preferred things to do, it’s certainly near the top of the list when it comes to things you must do to safeguard your health!
Many potentially serious health conditions can be caught in early stages if you go every year for your well-woman exam. That’s because many illnesses and diseases don’t display symptoms until they’ve advanced. Catching them early before symptoms appear can make treatment easier and more likely to succeed.
Finally, remember, preventative care and early intervention is key to living a long, healthy life.
Preventive medicine is the best medicine, and your gynecologist is trained to help detect potential problems and risk factors in your health. During your annual visit, your provider will screen for things such as, but not limited to:
- Breast cancer
- Bone disease/osteoporosis
- Bladder disease
- Sexually transmitted diseases
Your practitioner will conduct a pelvic exam, where he or she will examine your uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and bladder, to identify any potential concerns.
Addressing age-specific needs
As a woman, you have very specific health needs across your lifespan, and your gynecologist is trained to identify those age-specific needs and to address them. Categories of care, such as, but not limited to:
- Hormonal changes,
- Preventive testing,
- Mood disorders,
- Menstrual issues,
As a consequence, these check-ups need to be personalized based on what the woman needs at that time in their life.
Your doctor will ask for your medical history including your family history.
They will measure your vital signs like:
You will also be asked about your periods, pregnancy history, sexual activity, contraception needs, history of GYN problems, history of GYN surgeries, and any current symptoms you are having.
This diagnostic imaging test is used to identify abnormalities in the breast that could be breast cancer. This exam is less sensitive in younger women than in older woman and is more likely to result in false positives or over-diagnosis in younger women.
For this reason, it is recommended that women ages 40 to 49 years discuss the benefits and risks with their provider and jointly decide whether to start mammogram screening. By age 50, all women should be having mammograms every 1 to 2 years.
What to expect during your annual gynecologic exam at Turó Park Medical Center ?
An OB/GYN doctor or nurse practioner can perform the exam. Customarily, only the doctor and their nurse or medical assistant will be in the room.
Is it painful?
Although some women experience a bit of discomfort during the pelvic exam, it should not be painful.
What if I have embarrassing questions?
Do not be afraid or embarrassed to ask a question or discuss a concern with your provider. Sexual activity and function, vaginal health, body changes, STI testing, and bowel or bladder problems are all sensitive issues he or she deals with regularly. Chances are your provider has been asked the same question many times before.
Therefore, information exchange with your provider should occur in a caring, compassionate, and strictly confidential environment.
Any health-related question is fair game. There are some things a woman should definitely bring to the attention of her gynecologist.
Possible subjects to bring up:
- pelvic pain or bloating
- missed periods
- abnormal bleeding, including heavy periods, bleeding in between periods, or bleeding after sex
- painful intercourse
- unusual vaginal discharge
- vulvar changes
- problems moving bowels or passing urine
- menopausal symptoms
- any breast concerns, such as pain, lumps, puckering, or nipple discharge
In conclusion, these check-ups provide a safe space for women to ask all of their most personal questions with a trusted, qualified medical professional.