interconceptional gynecologic care

interconceptional gynecologic care

[-kənsep′shənəl]
Etymology: L, inter + concipere, to take in
health care of a woman during her reproductive years, between pregnancies, and 6 weeks after delivery. Screening tests for cervical cancer, breast and pelvic examinations, evaluation of general health, and laboratory determination of glucosuria and proteinuria and of the hematocrit or hemoglobin are common and routine aspects of interconceptional care. Testing and treatment for pelvic, vaginal, or genital infections may be required. A contraceptive method may also be discussed, taught, prescribed, or provided. Ordinarily the basic examination is performed annually. The method of contraception may be adjusted or changed at interim visits. Infections or other complaints are investigated, diagnosed, and treated as symptoms appear. Interconceptional care is increasingly given by nurse practitioners or nurse midwives who follow protocols for treatment and referral formulated in consultation with a supervising gynecologist.