When you’re going to the gynecologist for the first time, it can be intimidating. The good news is that your doctor is there to help you feel comfortable and answer any questions you may have. That said, it’s still important to know what kind of questions you should ask before you go to get the most out of your appointment. Here are some top questions you should ask as a patient.
How can you help me stay healthy?
After a full physical exam and any necessary tests, your doctor will update you on your overall health status. The following questions will help you learn more about what’s in store for you at this appointment:
- How can I stay healthy?
- What should I do if I have symptoms or feel something isn’t right?
- What are the signs of an STI (sexually transmitted infection)?
- What can be done to prevent STIs?
- Should I get tested for STIs?
Why do I need pelvic exams?
You should get a pelvic exam every year if you’re between the ages of 21 and 29 and then every two years after that. You can also ask your gynecologist to do an annual pap smear. The main reason for this is to check for signs of cancer. During these exams, your doctor will also look for STDs, vaginal infections like yeast infections, PID (pelvic inflammatory disease), and cervical cancer.
Can you explain how to perform a self-breast exam?
A breast self-exam is a very important part of maintaining your health. It can help you feel more in tune with your body, which can be especially beneficial if you notice something unusual about how your breasts feel. If you notice something new or different about one of your breasts, it’s important to let your doctor know as soon as possible so that they can examine it and do any necessary tests.
Here are some ways to perform a breast self-exam:
- Set aside time each month for yourself. You don’t have to go crazy here—just 10 minutes should do the trick! Try doing this on a Sunday evening while watching TV or before bedtime in the morning if it works better for your schedule.
- Make sure you’re alone with no distractions when performing this exam—there isn’t anything embarrassing about what’s happening here! This helps ensure that there won’t be any interruptions during the process, which could confuse things when looking back over notes later.
What birth control is right for me?
When it comes down to it, there are a few basic types of birth control that you can choose from:
- The pill
- An IUD (Intrauterine Device)
- A patch that goes on your skin and delivers hormones through the bloodstream.
- A vaginal ring that also delivers hormones through the bloodstream.
These methods all work by preventing fertilization, but each has pros and cons. For example, some methods require a prescription from a doctor or nurse practitioner while others don’t; some have higher rates of effectiveness than others; some have lower side effects than others; some cost more than others; and so on. The best way to figure out which method is right for you is by talking with your gynecologist about how much research they’ve done into each type of birth control and their personal experiences using them.
What should my sexual health routine look like?
There are many reasons to see a gynecologist, but if you’re not sure why it’s important to get regular checkups, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Your sexual health depends on it. Regular gynecological exams help you maintain excellent overall health, which is especially important for women between the ages of 18 and 65. If you have symptoms such as unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge that don’t go away after some time, it’s crucial that you visit your doctor immediately so he or she can determine whether there’s something wrong with your reproductive system.
- It’ll make your life easier! If you have an annual appointment set up with a gynecologist who knows about all of your medical histories and understands how all of these parts work together (for example, hormonal balance), then there’s no need for any awkward conversations or explanations when something goes wrong down there.
We’ve covered a lot of ground in this blog post, and if you have any questions that aren’t answered here, don’t hesitate to ask them! The most important thing is to be comfortable and know exactly what you want from your visit. Remember, every gynecologist will have their own style—so be prepared for anything!