At Reza Ahmadinia OBGYN, we specialize in providing women with comprehensive obstetrics and gynecological care. We work with High Desert patients who are in varying stages of life, from teenage patients who are just beginning to establish a relationship with an OB/GYN, to women who will have children and women who are going through menopause. Dr. Ahmadinia feels it is important that women in Apple Valley understand when to see a gynecologist and when it’s time to make an appointment.

Dr. Ahmadinia recommends that young women set up an appointment with an OB/GYN between the ages of 13 and 15. During this appointment, Dr. Ahmadinia can introduce himself to the patient and explain the importance of obstetrics and gynecological care. More often than not, a pelvic exam and pap smear is not necessary at this age.

It is recommended that women have their first pap smear by the time they are 21 years old, however. This appointment can be used as a way to become more comfortable with the office, and also begin an honest discussion about sexual history, STDs, contraception and feminine care.

Many people consider the OB/GYN to be a doctor that they visit once per year, unless they are pregnant. However, women should keep note of their monthly menstrual cycles and keep track of any abnormal signs and symptoms. If a woman feels like she is experiencing something that is out of the ordinary, she should set up an appointment with Dr. Ahmadinia.

Examples of abnormalities include excessive pelvic pain, bleeding in between periods, unusual discharge, heavy bleeding or extremely uncomfortable menstrual cramps. Women should also do regular self breast exams, and contact their doctor if they feel a bump or lump in their breast tissue.

After a woman takes a positive pregnancy test, she should immediately set up her first prenatal appointment with Dr. Ahmadinia. During this appointment, the doctor will likely confirm the pregnancy with a urine test and an ultrasound.

He will discuss the importance of health and exercise during pregnancy, as well as answer any questions and concerns the woman might have about her pregnancy. In addition, the doctor and the patient will come up with a prenatal care plan regarding subsequent appointments, labor and delivery process. Patients will receive prenatal vitamins as well as important information about their pregnancy.

The average woman will go to the OB/GYN once per year for an annual exam and check-up. Women ages 21 through 29 should have a pap test performed every year. While women 30 years of age and older can opt to have a pap done every other year.

During this appointment, the doctor also will complete a pelvic exam as well as answer any questions or concerns that a woman might have about her body. This is an ideal time to discuss larger issues such as conception, contraception, peri-menopause symptoms and menopause itself.