Do You Still Need a Gynecologist After Menopause?
Posted on: 04 August 2014 by Joanne Miller
For most women the need for gynecological care, even after menopause may be essential, this is as a result of women being more sensitive and prone to further female health problems. They need to have annual exams to avoid possible health issues that can lead to in extreme cases, death if not discovered and treated on time.
For instance, regular gynecological checkups can help discover ovarian cancers, polyps and other abnormal tissues. Therefore, a woman should seek to see their gynecologist regularly before and after menopause.
Reasons for Annual Checkups after Menopause:
According to Dr. Michael Flynn, some of the most common illnesses women experience include; endometriosis, abnormal pap smears, heavy bleeding, polycystic ovarian syndrome, fibroid polyps, uterine polyps and cysts.
In order to avoid these catastrophic and long term health issues from escalating and potentially becoming life threatening it is highly recommended that women have regular gynecological check ups.
With the ever developing technology, gynecologist are able to diagnose and treat such health concerns in a timely manner. Early discovery and treatment can help prevent long term illness and short term pain and scarring.
Uterine Polyps after Menopause:
A woman may experience abnormal bleeding after menopause. She will need to find the cause of the bleed as some bleeding can be an indication of cancer.
Once the woman has missed her cycle for a consecutive year, she should no longer experience bleeding each month. If she does, she should go to her gynecologist to find the cause for the bleeding. Uterine polyps can form in the uterus causing a woman to bleed.
The polyps can be benign and treated. However, some polyps may be cancerous. If the polyps are found and treated early, the woman has less chance of developing cancer. Annual checkups can help a doctor discover these polyps and other symptoms earlier. The uterine polyps are growths found on the uterus wall. They can be small or large, and they can form before, during and after menopause.
Hormonal imbalances can cause these polyps to form also. Estrogen helps the lining to grow and thicken, and the uterine polyps are more sensitive to the estrogen. Therefore, when the uterus lining thickens and grows from estrogen, the polyps will grow too.
At Myoclinic website, the symptoms of uterine polyps include irregular bleeding during and between menstrual periods. If you experience irregular bleeding before, during or after menopause, you need to talk to your gynecologist to get help for your condition.
Treatment and Discovery of Uterine Polyps:
A gynecologist must complete an, in most cases, internal exam to confirm your what is happening and perhaps diagnose the potential condition/illness.
One test used to diagnose polyps is a transvaginal ultrasound. This test is a pain free test that is performed by using a wand-shaped instrument. The instrument is inserted into the vagina area to take pictures and observe the uterus. If polyps are found, you will need to have the uterine polyps removed. This could require gynaecological surgery.
A hysteroscopy is a procedure used by doctors to enable them to see the polyps and to remove them. Another procedure used is the curettage procedure. A thin metal instrument is used to scrape off the polyp that is attached to the uterine wall. If the polyps show cancerous cells, the uterus will need to be removed to prevent the cancer from spreading.
Menopause causes a woman’s body to go through many changes. A gynecologist can help the woman with these changes by providing her with the health care that she needs. Annual visits to your gynecologist after menopause can improve your life.