Many women think they should consult a gynecologist only during pregnancy, which is why several women over 65 avoid gynecological consultations. They may think they don’t need a checkup, or that an exam will inevitably lead to the diagnosis of a medical condition. However, regular gynecological exams can save lives. Encourage your senior loved one to get a gynecological examination at least once a year. Experts in senior home care in Boca Raton recommend annual gynecological checkups for seniors for the following reasons.
1. Detect Cancer
Ovarian, endometrial, cervical, and vulvar cancer are some of the most common cancers that can be detected during a gynecological exam. If detected early there are many successful treatments for these conditions. Many older women wait too long before going for a Pap or HPV test, which are often effective at detecting cancer.
2. Update Medication
During a visit to the gynecologist, the doctor may discuss estrogen replacement therapy with your loved one. If she has been taking estrogen replacement medication for a long time, the gynecologist might prescribe newer medication that is more effective than the current prescription.
3. Test Bone Density
Often seniors on estrogen replacement therapy can develop reduced bone density. During a gynecological examination a doctor may conduct a bone density test on your loved one. The test checks for signs of osteoporosis. Early medical intervention can delay advanced osteoporosis symptoms.
4. Treat Incontinence
The gynecologist will also talk to your senior loved one about bladder control and bowel movements. Many women over 65 develop incontinence, which is the loss of bladder and bowel control, and seniors with incontinence may avoid social activities for fear of embarrassment. Your loved one may also become depressed because she thinks there are no treatments for these conditions. However, treatments for incontinence are often simple.
By detecting symptoms early, an annual gynecological visit can reduce your loved one’s chances of developing various health conditions. If your loved one has been putting off a gynecological consultation, work with her primary care physician to encourage her to go for a visit. Our trained and compassionate respite and 24/7 live-in caregivers in Boca Raton can encourage your loved one to visit doctors regularly to maintain good health. Our staff can even drive her to medical appointments as part of their duties.
At Home Care Assistance, we also provide reliable dementia, post-stroke, and Alzheimer’s care Boca Raton seniors can rely on. Contact us at (561) 826.9282 today to find out more about our services and schedule a free consultation.