Women’s Health Week

Women’s Health Week

by | May 12th, 2015

Seeing an OB/GYN in Austin for the first time

8135756_cDr. Michelle Gooch with The OB/GYN Group of Austin, cares for women at all ages and stages, but wants to call attention to adolescent and first well woman exams during Women’s Health Week. Dr. Gooch knows that, oftentimes, teenagers and college students in Austin and Round Rock see a physician only when they are sick.

Finding an OB/GYN in Austin will help establish a relationship with someone who will invest time and care in your health and wellness over a lifetime. We asked Dr. Gooch, a board certified OB/GYN in Austin, to address some common misconceptions.

What should a young woman expect on her first well woman visit?

First of all, I want to establish that teenagers won’t need a pelvic exam unless they are sexually active. In these cases, we would talk about safe sex practices, contraception management and the importance of STD screening. For example, the HPV vaccine is recommended for males and females ages 9-26.

Your first visit will take place in my Southwest Medical Village OB/GYN office, and it is set aside as a time to get to know each other. You may have a general physical exam at this time, and a family member and/or nurse will be present.

With a first-time patient, I’ll spend 10-15 minutes explaining what to expect with a pelvic exam and why the exams are necessary. Understanding the process helps young women feel less apprehensive and nervous.

An OB/GYN manages “girl problems,” right?

Your OB/GYN helps manage all aspects of female health and wellness. I chose an OB/GYN specialty because it encompasses everything I like about medicine, from hands-on procedures to long-term relationship building.

In well woman visits, you may discuss “girl problems” like whether your menstrual cycle is regular, too heavy or too light. I may offer strategies for helping you achieve and maintain a healthy weight, or recommendations for supplements such as Vitamin D. Our conversation is tailored to your needs.

When should a woman see an OB/GYN?

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends scheduling an appointment during the teen years, between ages 13-15, and having a first Pap smear at age 21. Here are 21 Reasons to See an Gynecologist before Age 21.

What is involved with contraceptive management?

First of all, preventing a pregnancy is just one reason we would recommend oral contraceptives. The benefits also include easing symptoms of heavy menstruation or PCOS and controlling acne. There are many choices for long-term, reversible contraception, and I will guide you through the benefits of each option.

Will I need blood testing at my annual well woman visit?

We will establish a baseline for thyroid health, hormonal balance, anemia and cholesterol levels. The OB/GYN Group of Austin shares space with a host of other medical specialties at Southwest Medical Village, including lab services. I can make same-day referrals and my patients enjoy the convenience of everything under one roof, from dermatology to labs.

Tell us about yourself, Dr. Gooch.

When I am not seeing The OB/GYN Group of Austin patients at Southwest Medical Village, I enjoy cooking, running, hanging out with my own kiddos and traveling. I also serve on the board of directors for Any Baby Can, a local non-profit focused on improving the lives of children and their families through education, therapy and family support services.

If you are in your teen years or nearing the age recommended for your first Pap test, contact The OB/GYN Group of Austin at Southwest Medical Village. Dr. Gooch, a graduate of Texas A&M and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, is committed to providing compassionate care in a comfortable, relaxed setting.

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