Gynecology

South Austin OBGYN

OB-GYNs located in Austin, TX

The word gynecology refers to the science of women, and at South Austin OB/GYN in South Austin, Texas, Dr. Martha Schmitz is highly experienced in the many unique stages of a woman’s life. She is committed to providing the highest quality gynecology care using the latest sciences and technologies available. From performing routine exams to treating complex issues like endometriosis and abnormal bleeding, you get the peace of mind that your reproductive health is the team’s first priority. Book a consultation online or by phone to learn more about available gynecology services.

Gynecology Q & A

How often should girls up to age 20 see a gynecologist?

Dr. Schmitz recommends a girl schedules her first gynecological visit between the ages of 12 and 15. These are the years when menstruation begins, and teenagers experience many physical and emotional changes.

This phase of an adolescent’s life can be challenging, and by establishing a supportive relationship with an experienced doctor, your teen can get her questions answered, practice preventive care, and allow Dr. Schmitz to assess her development.

During these appointments a physical exam isn’t always necessary. Rather, Dr. Schmitz spends a large portion of the appointment time talking one on one with your teen, answering questions and ensuring a comfortable, positive experience.

What kind of gynecological care do I need during my reproductive years?

Older teens and adult women benefit from routine gynecological check ups to discuss family planning, sexuality, menstrual periods, and general health issues. Dr. Schmitz focuses on helping you create healthy habits. Starting at the age of 21, you need an annual Pap smear to identify abnormal cervical cells that can lead to cancer.

Common issues that are addressed during your reproductive years include:

  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Mood changes
  • Pelvic pain
  • Weight gain

Dr. Schmitz can also discuss family planning concerns, including any difficulties you may have getting pregnant.

What can I expect from gynecology appointments as I approach menopause?

As your reproductive years come to an end, your hormones begin to fluctuate, and you may feel a range of emotions and physical symptoms. These symptoms related to perimenopause and menopause can cause a lot of confusion, and even fear, as your body continues to change.

During the transitional years leading up to menopause and beyond, you may experience symptoms like:

  • Fatigue
  • Mood changes
  • Weight gain
  • Skin changes
  • Breast problems

Dr. Schmitz recommends regular screenings for cervical and uterine issues as a preventive measure. You may also need to undergo a colon screening after you reach the age of 50.

Dr. Schmitz is experienced in caring for mature women as they begin their transition to the postmenopausal years, including creating care plans for hormone therapy support and lifestyle strategies to accommodate menopause-related changes.

To learn more about the available gynecology services, book a consultation online or by phone.