While many people know of gynaecologists, fewer understand what their role is on a day-to-day basis. That is why it is not uncommon for people to be confused as to why they have been booked in for an appointment with a local gynaecologist by their GP. There is nothing to worry about, as many of the reasons behind these bookings are quite mundane in the end. All a gynaecologist is is a doctor who has specialised in female reproductive health, and there are many reasons why one might need to see one. Here are three of the most common reasons why your GP has likely advised you to go and visit a gynaecologist.
An unfortunate issue that affects millions of people around the world, of many different age groups and ethnicities, is urinary incontinence. There can be quite a few reasons behind incontinence, but sometimes it is completely random and just part of the genetic lottery of life. Whatever the cause, a gynaecologist can help offer solutions based on your personal situation. That can be anything from medical prescriptions to a vaginal ring implant. There is no need to suffer through this problem when there are still many solutions you can try.
If you are continuously getting heavy periods, or any sort of pattern of periods that are strange, then a gynaecologist is the expert you will most likely need to see. Just as with incontinence, there are a whole bunch of reasons that could potentially be behind this, from added stress to the presence of a condition or disease. The only unifying quality is that all of these causes should be investigated so that they can both be prevented in the future and to understand why they occurred and whether you need any ongoing treatment.
If you have decided that you don't want any more kids (or don't want kids to begin with) then many take it upon themselves to go and get a tubal ligation done. This is a very simple and short procedure where clips block off the fallopian tubes so that eggs can no longer pass through. It doesn't hurt you in your day-to-day life nor is it especially strenuous on the day you get it done. To get it you will need some kind of referral from your GP, but after that most gynaecologists will be happy to perform this for you.