By Dr. Andrew Krinsky, MD, FACOG
Like most women, I’m sure you don’t enjoy the annual trek
to the Gynecologist. But did you know that there are some
real lifesaving reasons why the annual wellness exam
should be a consistent part of your wellness program?
Why is this exam so important?
1.Review and update your medical history:
This includes current medications, changes in your family
history, screening for issues such as falls, urinary function,
depression, domestic violence, issues regarding sexual
function, alcohol and drug use, risky behavior such as
talking, texting, and not using seat belts while driving.
2. Prevention of Infection:
Appropriate testing for bacterial and viral
infections, sexually transmitted Illnesses
(STI), Vaccinations when indicated for HPV
virus protection, Hepatitis, Influenza,
Tetanus with Pertussis, Shingles,
Pneumonia, Chickenpox (Varicella).
For example did you know that all adults
should receive a booster for Pertussis
(Whooping cough) Family members can
transmit this disease to newborns who
have yet to be vaccinated.( i.e.
Grandparents to their newborn grandchildren).
The CDC (Center for Disease
Control) recommends that all family members
visiting a newborn infant be vaccinated,
and every pregnant woman receive a booster toward
the end of EACH pregnancy to give some protection when
her child is born.
3. Evaluation of Fitness, Height, and Weight:
This includes calculating your BMI (Body Mass Index),
and evaluating diet and exercise Lack of weight bearing
exercise and proper diet along with low Vitamin D can significantly
increase the risk of hip fractures. Ordering the
appropriate tests can minimize this risk. Did you know that
an elderly person who fractures her hip has a 50% chance
of not surviving? Proper monitoring of bone health can
often prevent the first fracture!!
4. Cancer Screening and Prevention:
Each stage of a woman’s life has its specific illnesses to consider. Your doctor knows when to screen for each of these cancers. From Cervical, Breast, Uterine, Colon, and Ovarian, appropriate screening may make a real difference in early diagnosis and even survival. The average woman has a 1 in 8 chance of developing Breast Cancer over her lifetime. Did you know that based on certain risk factors, ethnic background, and family history some women’s risk may be as high as 70-80%. Proper screening can identify women at risk, before the cancer develops so specific risk reducing steps may be taken. The risk of Ovarian Cancer increase in women with age. This cancer grows silently, with vague . nonspecific symptoms and is difficult to diagnose at the earliest stages required for survival. The annual exam is extremely IMPORTANT in checking for Cancer of the Ovaries, and should include a thorough screening for symptoms, along with a complete pelvic and rectal exam. IF WE DO NO THINK OF OVARIAN CANCER WE WILL NEVER MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN EARLY DIAGNOSIS!!!
5. HEART DISEASE:
Did you know this illness is the number one killer of women in 2017. The symptoms of heart attacks in women may be very different and not as obvious as in men. We can’t change our Genetic background and the risks we receive from our parents, but we can screen appropriately before it is too late!! 6. THE MENOPAUSE: This important time in a woman’s life is filled with new issues and concerns. PLEASE DON’T WAIT. MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT NOW TO SEE YOUR GYNECOLOGIST FOR YOUR ANNUAL WELLNESS EXAM, & STAY HEALTHY!
Dr. Andrew Krinsky Board Certified Gynecology A Holistic Approach To Women’s Healthcare
7401 North University Drive #101 Tamarac 33321
954-722-2002 www.DrAndrewKrinsky.com See ad on opposite page.