Why Senior Women Should See a Gynecologist

By Richard Hemmi, 9:00 am on

There are many reasons that senior women need to see a gynecologist on an annual basis. While they may no longer need an annual pap exam, which is the part of seeing the gynecologist that most women hate, there are other important things that these doctors can check for. The following article explains to Cleveland West live-in care providers why elderly women need to continue getting gynecological exams.

A gynecologist can spot the reason that many older women have trouble getting to the bathroom in time. One possible cause of this is bladder prolapse. Once the condition is identified and diagnosed, then the doctor will work with the senior to determine an appropriate course of action.

Cleveland West elder care providers realize that more senior women than ever before are sexually active. Even more would like to be, but it hurts too badly. Gynecologists can make sure that the woman’s body parts are working correctly. They can also often explain why the sexual act is painful and recommend a helpful course of treatment.

If the woman chooses to have more than one sexual partner or her partner chooses to have more than one partner, then the woman may be at risk of an STD. Sometimes, STDs do not show up for years, which is why it is important that elderly women get checked regularly.

The gynecologist is an important first line of defense in terms of finding and fighting cancer. Even if the woman chooses not to treat it aggressively, at least she has the right to make informed decisions.

Many women have trouble with vaginal discharge believing that it is a vaginal yeast infection. Therefore, they choose to treat it with over-the-counter medications when it may not be a yeast infection at all. Seeing a gynecologist allows the woman peace of mind knowing exactly what the problem is and how to treat it.

There are so many areas of concern for women where the gynecologist can be the first line of defense. Sometimes, elderly women have trouble making it to their doctor’s appointments alone. Contact Home Care Assistance of Cleveland West to ensure your loved one never misses an appointment. Our reliable Cleveland West Alzheimer’s, dementia and post-stroke caregivers are available 24/7 to transport seniors to and from appointments while taking care of daily tasks around the house. Contact us today at (440) 455-4031 to learn more about our services and set up a complimentary consultation.