Sagar Patel, M.D.
Obstetrics and Gynecology located in Holmdel, NJ
Women’s bodies are built differently, presenting their own unique medical needs and biological stages of life. Sagar Patel, MD, OBGYN, of Holmdel, New Jersey, offers a wide variety of gynecological services for women in all stages of life throughout the Atlantic Highlands. If you’re a woman ready to take charge of your health, call or click online to book an appointment with Dr. Patel today.
Gynecologist Q & A
Why should you see a gynecologist?
A gynecologist is different from other doctors because they specialize in women’s reproductive health. Even if you’re not pregnant or planning to have a baby, Dr. Patel encourages woman of all ages to come in for routine well-woman visits. During these visits, he educates you on preventive care, including:
- STD testing
- HPV and the HPV vaccine
- Pap tests
- Breast exams
- Osteoporosis screening
- Preventing cervical cancer
When do you start seeing a gynecologist?
As a woman, it’s never too early to take control of your reproductive health. Dr. Patel is a strong supporter of adolescent exams and preventive care. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends women start seeing an OBGYN between ages 13 and 15.
If you haven’t seen a gynecologist in that time, it’s crucial to schedule an appointment if any of the following applies to you:
- You’ve had vaginal, oral, or anal sex
- It’s been over three months since your last period
- You’re having problems with your period, such as intense pain or heavy bleeding
What should you expect from the first gynecological visit?
It’s common to be nervous about your first gynecological visit, but there’s no need to worry. The majority of the first visit involves talking about your health and sexual history. Take this opportunity to ask Dr. Patel any questions you have, including, but not limited to the following topics:
- Periods and cramps
- Weight issues
- Birth control
- Sexually transmitted diseases
During the visit, Dr. Patel gives you a general medical check-up, measuring your height, weight, and blood pressure. Then, he may check the outside of your genitals and perform a breast exam to check for any lumps or abnormal tissue.
Dr. Patel checks the health of your cervix with a pelvic exam. It involves inserting a tool called a speculum into your vagina so he can see the tissue. It’s not a painful procedure, but you may feel some pressure.
Depending on your age and sexual activity, Dr. Patel may perform a Pap test during your pelvic exam. Most women start getting Pap tests when they’re 21.
If you’re ready to schedule your first gynecological visit, call or click online to book an appointment with Dr. Patel today.