For women to sustain good reproductive health, it is important for them visit a gynaecologist once a year, starting around the age of 21. These visits usually involve breast and pelvic exams, including pap smears, and can also address other problems such as irregular periods, sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and vaginal infections.
Women who are sexually active, or are considering becoming sexually active should also visit a gynaecologist to explore different contraceptive methods, while women hoping to become pregnant can learn more about pregnancy and fertility treatments.
The Breast Exam
The one-minute breast check is crucial to monitor for any lumps/irregularities in your breast tissue.If you feel any form of pain or discomfort during this examination, let you doctor know immediately. As it is important to check for lumps or irregularities regularly, your doctor will also teach your how to perform breast self-exams. A mammogram screening for breast cancer may be recommended for women over the age of 35.
The Pelvic Exam
The 5-minute pelvic exam involves examining the female genitalia with inserting a lubricated metal device called a speculum, as well as the manual examination of the reproductive organs, and a pap smear (swiping the cervical mucus with a cotton swab). At the start, you will be asked to lie down on an examination table, with your knees apart. This exam only takes around 5 minutes, and involves into the vagina, as well.
Though you may feel embarrassed initially, we believe in honesty and trust, so you should not feel scared to ask questions about your sexual health.
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Dr. Tahira Sadigova
Specialist in Obstetric Gynaecology
With her gentle manner and expert knowledge on all aspects of Obstetrics and Gynecology, it is little wonder that Dr Tahira is in great demand among the UAE’s female population. Dr Tahira has worked in many countries including Uzbekistan, Russia and Germany before she relocated to the UAE. Dr.Tahira speaks several languages English, Russian, Turkish, Arabic, Uzbekistani, Kazakhstani, Kirgizstan and Turkestan.Read more