Debunking Dangerous Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G) Myths

Visiting an O&G at Advanced Centre for Reproductive Medicine – Gynaecology, Fertility & Urogynaecology is an important part of a women’s health maintenance. It can help you gain information on your reproductive system and ensure you stay healthy.

However, it can also be a confusing experience for some women as they may not understand all the procedures or how to go about them. There are some myths that can make an appointment with an O&G in Singapore confusing for some people. In this blog post, we explore seven common obstetrics and gynaecology myths that may lead to confusion among many women visiting their physicians for checkups.

•      Myth 1: You can only Begin Seeing an OB-GYN when you’re e 21 Years Old

Visit your obstetrics and gynaecology of choice when you are ready. Some women start at 15, while others do not see an OB-GYN until turning 40. There are risk factors to some conditions that may warrant visits to your O&G in Singapore even before you hit 21 years of age.

•      Myth 2: You will be given a pelvic examination on the first visit

Getting a pelvic exam basically depends on the practices of the specific physician and what is needed for your resume. However, your first appointment will likely involve a discussion about your sexual health and to make sure you understand how to maintain good health in this area.”

•      Myth 3: You will be given a pap smear during your first visit

Many physicians will start with a pap smear during an initial appointment; however, others may not do it until later visits. It is best to ask your doctor what they recommend for you and if there are any special instructions involved.”

•      Myth 4: The gynaecologist isn’t concerned with anything other than your reproductive system

This is quite the opposite of what you can expect at an O&G in Singapore. In fact, the OB-GYN might also be responsible for caring for you throughout your entire life; however, they may not be able to provide care that extends beyond their specialty.”

The take away is, contrary to popular belief, an obstetrician/gynaecologist (OB-GYN) is actually concerned with much more than just one’s reproductive system. In most cases, OB-GYNs will be responsible for caring for you throughout your entire life, but there are sometimes cases where they cannot provide care that extends beyond their scope of practice.

•      Myth 5: You must go through infertility treatments before having children

Incorrect. You may only need to undergo infertility treatments before having children if your OB/GYN is convinced that it’s necessary. It is best to start by checking with your doctor about the best time to have children. Keep in mind that it is usually recommended, at least for women under 35, to try before beginning infertility treatments.”

So, the bottom line is that infertility treatments may only be necessary if it is deemed medically necessary according to your physician’s recommendations. It would help if you spoke with your doctor about the best time to have children.

•      Myth 6: You will need prenatal care during pregnancy, or else something terrible will happen

Having regular checkups may help you ensure a healthy pregnancy, but there is no scientific research specifically linking them as being essential to preventing problems. With this in mind, your doctor may only deem this necessary if there are any conditions which may impact your pregnancy or your quality of life during the pregnancy or nursing period.

•      Myth 7: All pregnancies must be planned and wanted by both parents for the healthiest outcome

This is not entirely true. It has been noted that women who conceive unintentionally have the same difficulty conceiving later on. Nonetheless, it’s recommended that a woman become pregnant only when she wants a child, though this isn’t always the case.

•      Myth 8: You only need to visit your OB-GYN if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant

While it would generally only be necessary for a woman to visit an obstetrician/gynaecologist (OB-GYN) if she were currently pregnant or trying to conceive, this isn’t always true. There are several instances where you should seek medical attention from an OB-GYN well before pregnancy occurs and during non-pregnancy stages, such as treating infections, cysts, and yeast infections in the vagina. They can also help you detect issues that could impact your quality of life down the road.

•      Myth 9: You should be getting a pap smear every year

The purpose for doing pap smears is to check for cervical cancer in women. Usually, it is recommended that you begin your pap smears at age 21 but this is also not mandatory as there are incidences that may warrant beginning pap smears early. For the frequency, every three years is actually the recommended frequency of pap screening if you are healthy. This frequency can only increase if you are exposed to risk factors such as having a history of smoking, a weak immune system or if you are living with HIV/AIDS.

•      Myth 10: If you’re vaccinated against HPV, you can skip your Pap test

Although vaccination against human Papillomavirus (HPV) has been proven to help lower one’s chances of developing cervical cancer, it isn’t a guaranteed safeguard. According to most medical guidelines, you should still follow the recommended guidelines for Paps to ensure your cervix remains healthy through regular screenings.

•      Myth 11: It is healthier to wait until you are 35 or older before getting pregnant

The fact is that fertility declines in women well before the age of 35, although it does decline more quickly when a woman reaches her late-20s. While waiting until later in life to start having children may be beneficial for some people, by the time you actually do get pregnant, you might find that your own fertility has already reduced. You should speak with your O&G in Singapore about when would be the best time to have children.

The Bottom Line

The breeding ground for myths surrounding O&G treatment tends to be the internet and peoples’ friends and family members — doctors are rarely consulted before people decide on an incorrect course of action or decide how they feel about their own health care needs. If you are not sure about anything, always consult a qualified physician. Let us know if you have any fertility or sexual health issue that’s bugging you and we’ll be glad to help you schedule an appointment. Call: +65 6474 3900.

Advanced Centre for Reproductive Medicine – Gynaecology, Fertility & Urogynaecology
6A Napier Rd, #05-35, Singapore 258500
+65 6474 3900