First Time to an OB/GYN?

From a simple check-up, to more serious concerns like the treatment of certain kinds of cancer or sexually transmitted diseases, a certified OB/GYN at SVMC - Health Care For Women can provide you with the best possible health care experience when visiting us at our Salinas office.

The job of an OB/GYN is to screen, and potentially diagnose and treat women for certain diseases that are specific to women's health care. An OB/GYN can also specialize in helping women have safe and healthy pregnancies that increase the chances of a healthy newborn.  OB/GYNs also perform surgical procedures related to women's health, including hysterectomies, C-sections, laparoscopy, and the LEEP (Loop Electrical Excision Procedure).

So when is the time to make your first appointment to see an OB/GYN? It's widely agreed that teenage girls should see an OB GYN between the ages of 13-18, though pelvic exams are very rarely required during this first visit. The initial meeting with an OB/GYN is to establish a relationship with a doctor, and to go over your personal medical and sexual history. This first visit is also viewed as a good opportunity for young women to get important information about sexually transmitted diseases and contraceptives.

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, from the age of 21 every woman is encouraged to make an appointment with her OB/GYN every year. Women who are sexually active under the age of 21 should also see a gynecologist annually.

So what are some of the signs that indicate when you should contact an OB/GYN? A few of these circumstances include:

  • Abnormal Bleeding (I.e bleeding between periods)
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Intense and/or debilitating Menstrual Cramps
  • Unusual discharge
  • Vaginal or lower abdominal pain or swelling
  • You plan on becoming pregnant
  • You think that you might have a sexually transmitted disease

If you're interested in scheduling your first visit with a Gynecologist, or you're simply interested in finding a new OB GYN that is a better fit for you and your specific needs.  Whatever they may be, SVMC - Health Care For Women in Salinas, California provides patients with a safe, comfortable, and relaxing environment for treating your health care needs.

OB/GYN Frequently Asked Questions

From a simple check-up to more serious concerns, a certified OB/GYN at SVMC - Health Care For Women can provide you with the best possible health care experience when visiting us at our Salinas office. For any general questions that you may have, here is a short list of commonly asked questions from those who are seeking to learn more about healthcare for women.