When Should I See a Gynaecologist?

Regular gynaecological visits are critical in addressing and preventing reproductive and sexual health issues. With the help of a specialist, you can monitor health conditions, seek advice, and ensure early detection of potential or developing health concerns. Beyond attending regular yearly check-ups, knowing when to visit a gynaecologist is important.

You May Not Need Yearly Check-Ups

The intervals between regular gynaecological visits vary based on factors such as age, existing medical conditions, family planning, and symptoms that may be linked to sexual and reproductive health. While yearly examinations are recommended for women in the interest of preventative care, some may require more frequent appointments. Preventative screenings involve pap smears and HPV tests to check for cervical cancer or other abnormalities.

When Should I Start my PAP smears?

You are eligible to have your first test when you turn 25 years old or 2 years after your last Pap test. Cervical screening occurs every 5 years after that.

At the Onset of Menopause

As women age, they may require more regular visits to the gynaecologist. These visits will typically address hormonal changes and any symptoms linked to menopause. The frequency of these visits depends on both the gynaecologist’s advice and the patient’s needs.

If You Are Experiencing Menstrual Irregularities

You should see a gynaecologist if you have noticed changes in your typical menstrual cycle, such as spotting, longer periods, or the absence of a period. Other irregularities that warrant an appointment include very heavy or extremely painful periods.

To Monitor Your Sexual Health

If you are sexually active you should regularly screen for STIs and practise safe sex. This will help prevent the spread of STIs and address issues caused by them. Beyond STIs, it is critical to see a gynaecologist if you are experiencing pain during sex, as this could be a symptom of other gynaecological conditions.

You Have an Unusual Discharge

Discharge serves as a vital indicator of your sexual and reproductive health. Changes in the odour and colour of your discharge may be signs of an infection or other conditions. Other symptoms include itching and burning sensations.

Birth Control

As previously mentioned, sexually active individuals should consult a gynaecologist to monitor their health; even better is seeing a gynaecologist before you become sexually active to discuss birth control and family planning. A gynaecologist will help you choose the proper birth control based on your needs and adjust your prescription as required.

Family Planning and Pregnancy

When you are ready to start a family, it’s essential to consult your gynaecologist on your long-term plans, stopping birth control, health supplements during your pregnancy, and fertility treatments if necessary. If you missed your period or had a positive result on a pregnancy test, you should visit your doctor six to eight weeks after your last period; depending on the risk associated with your pregnancy. It is also critical to schedule regular visits during pregnancy and if you are experiencing pain or spotting.

You Are Experiencing Unexplained Symptoms

Gynaecological conditions are often accompanied by various symptoms which should never be ignored. Apart from the reasons previously mentioned, if you experience any of the following symptoms with no other medical explanation, you should see a doctor promptly.

Symptoms to take note of: 

  • Pelvic pain
  • Painful sex
  • Painful periods
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Bloating
  • Fatigue
  • Infertility
  • Weight gain
  • Skin issues
  • Excess facial and body hair
  • Mood swings, anxiety, and depression which may be the result of hormonal imbalances.

It’s important to note that these are general guidelines, and the best source of medical information is directly from your gynaecologist, as their advice is tailored specifically to you. To book an appointment with a qualified gynaecologist, contact us today.

OMNI Ultrasound & Gynaecological Care

Condous performs Advanced Endosurgery procedures for women needing intervention for pelvic masses, adnexal pathology, severe endometriosis or hysterectomy. He also runs ‘Hands on’ Live Sheep Laparoscopic Workshops for gynaecologists at Camden Veterinarian School.
Having completed an undergraduate degree with the University of Adelaide, he left Australia in 1993 and moved to London where he completed his training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. From 2001 to 2003 Condous worked as a Senior Research Fellow at St George’s Hospital, London. At St George’s he set up the Acute Gynaecology Unit, the first in the United Kingdom. It was also during this time that he developed an interest in Early Pregnancy and especially the management of pregnancies of unknown location (PULs). Condous has developed many mathematical models for the prediction of outcome of PULs which have been featured in numerous peer review journals. In 2005, he returned to Australia where he completed his Laparoscopic Fellowship at the Centre for Advanced Reproductive Endosurgery, Royal North Shore, Sydney.

Condous was appointed as a Consultant Gynaecologist and Senior Lecturer at Nepean Hospital in 2006 and soon was made Associate Professor. In 2010, he was made Departmental Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Nepean Hospital. He obtained the MRCOG in 1999 and was made FRANZCOG in 2005. In 2009, he was awarded his Doctorate in Medicine (MD), University of London, for his thesis entitled: “The management of pregnancies of unknown location and the development of new mathematical models to predict outcome”.

Condous has edited three books including the “Handbook of Early Pregnancy Care”, published over 100 papers in international journals and is internationally renowned for his work in Early Pregnancy. He is the Associate Editor for Gynaecologic Obstetric Investigation, which is a European based journal, as well as the Australasian Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine (AJUM). He is on the organising committee and is an invited speaker at the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ISUOG) Scientific meeting in Sydney 2013. His current research interests relate to the management of ectopic pregnancy, 1st trimester growth, PULs and miscarriage and the use of transvaginal ultrasound (in particular sonovaginography, to predict posterior compartment deep infiltrating rectovaginal endometriosis).Condous is also actively involved with post-graduate education including the annual running of the Early Pregnancy and Gynaecological Ultrasound Interactive Courses for Sonologists, Radiologists, Sonographers and Gynaecologists in Australia.