14 Your Gynecological Check-up
The first thing every woman would like to know is, am I fertile? Further questions include, how long will it take for me to become pregnant? And, when should I seek help so I can get pregnant? Furthermore, what are the best, (if needed) fertility treatment
options for me?
Go ahead and schedule your first pre-conception immediately if you and your partner are ready to start a family. The first step is to gain some insight and to educate yourself about your personal health and options for your future. Your physician must conduct an assessment of your overall physiological health and can provide you with answers that pertain to you and only you in your personal case.
Here are some common and necessary procedures that will be done so your doctor can obtain data that will provide her with answers to your questions.
- Calculating your age (including months)
- Weight check & BMI determination (obesity can create diabetes which hinders conception)
- Evaluating your family history
- Blood Analysis-to test for Vitamin D levels, Anemia, Hepatitis B, STD’s, and your thyroid are some that are basic protocol. Abnormal findings of them are known to hinder successful conception
- Undergoing a physical examination
- Urine Analysis-looks for Bladder (UTI) or Kidney Infection
- Gynecological related ailments such as
- Endometriosisa: A painful condition where tissue in the uterus (endometrium) is found elsewhere in the female reproductive system, including the fallopian tubes, ovaries, vagina, and other related areas.
- Pelvic inflammatory disease: When any infection occurs in a woman’s upper reproductive system, commonly caused by STD’s
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome: A very common cause of infertility, where too much LH (luteinizing hormone) is produced causing the ovaries to produce too much testosterone. Women suffering from this are known to not ovulate, experience long irregular periods, and have unexplained weight gain/obesity, hair growth, and acne.
- Fibroids: Benign tumors that grow and develop in the uterus
- Ovarian cysts: Fluid filled sacs that are in or on the ovary, and
- Irregular menstruation-being overweight/underweight, exercising too much, eating disorders, prior birth control use are some causes of this.