Understanding Gynecological Care: Reproductive Health, Contraception, Infertility and Depression
Tending to your reproductive health can seem complicated and daunting. But with a provider like Cheyenne OBGYN, is can be easy, simple, and direct. Reproductive health is just as big of a part of your health as any other type of care and should be treated as such. It is essential to take strides to protect the reproductive system from infections, injury, and possible long-term health complications. Caring for your reproductive system means having jurisdiction of your health if or when you become pregnant and any period leading up to it. This includes regular check-ups with your provider and looking out for any symptoms of commonly occurring threats such as ovarian cysts or breast cancer.
There are numerous safe and highly successful methods of birth control accessible to prevent unintended pregnancy. These include intrauterine contraception, hormonal and barrier methods, and permanent birth control (sterilization). Expending efficient birth control methods can greatly reduce the probability of having an unintended pregnancy. Staying on top of your expectations about pregnancy, communicating with your partner, and taking steps to make your wishes a reality are all key parts of having full autonomy of your body and health.
Though it can seem daunting, infertility is nothing to be scared of. It is a reality many women live with and something we are happy to work through with you. Infertility means not being able to get pregnant after 1 year of trying to become pregnant. If a woman is 35 or older, infertility is centered on 6 months of trying to become pregnant. Women who can get pregnant but are incapable of staying pregnant may also be considered infertile. Approximately 10% of women (6.1 million) in the United States ages 15–44 years have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant.
Depression is very common. Sometimes, trying to get pregnant, being pregnant, or the birth of a baby can increase your likelihood of experiencing depression. Postpartum depression can be one of the most severe forms of depression and should be closely monitored. Many women don’t know that depression sometimes occurs with other incidents, such as losing a baby or having difficulty getting pregnant. There are methods to help you feel better, such as counseling or other healings. Speaking to your health care provider is always a great first step if you believe you are experiencing depression.
Here at Cheyenne OBGYN, we want to make sure you are getting the best, full-service gynecological and obstetrical care possible. For more about our services, visit our Providers page today.
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