The female reproductive system is complex and no two women have the same reproductive health issues. When you are still at an age where you menstruate, or release an egg every month during ovulation, you may run into some health concerns that give you pause.
You see a gynecologist for your regular breast examinations and pap smears, but you should see a specific women's health specialist at your doctor's office or clinic if you have other concerns about your female health. Any questions you have about your menstrual health can be brought up in a protected, private location and you can get the answers and the help you need to feel your best. Here are reasons you need to visit a women's health specialist about your menstrual health.
You may have endometriosis or other reproductive issues
Endometriosis can cause all kinds of menstrual issues, from too-heavy periods to other hormonal issues. Since this hard-to-diagnose disease can cause infertility or lead to other uncomfortable symptoms, it's wise to visit a women's health specialist to address this particular health concern. You may have endometriosis if you have a family history of the condition, are overweight, or if you have had trouble conceiving naturally.
You may need to change your birth control
Are you on birth control and want to become pregnant in the near future? Are you worried about side effects of not having a regular period, or feel like your period is heavier due to your birth control? Your menstrual cycle is heavily impacted by the birth control you use, so if you want to have more control over your cycle, you might want to change what hormonal reproductive measures you are taking.
Or, are you wanting to get back on a birth control or are having problems with your current birth control method? You can change your birth control to a copper IUD, implant, or smaller-dose birth control pill based on what your reproductive health issues are.
If you are sensitive to estrogen or have other concerns about birth control, your women's health specialist will fill you in on all your options. Don't begin to take or stop taking a birth control method without talking to your OBGYN or women's health specialist first. You don't want to risk a pregnancy or other reproductive concern by choosing a birth control method that will work well for you. Your doctor will tell you the best way to take care of your menstrual health.