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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.

Conclusion

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!

 It is official. The Yukon government his finally exited the marijuana business once and for all. By finally shutting down its website, the government has turned over pot sales, distribution, and delivery to the private sector. If you live in the Yukon and use pot, this should be a happy day for you.

The Yukon is Canada’s westernmost territory and its least populated, with just 40,200 calling it home. It is served by six licensed marijuana dispensaries and a single licensed producer. All seven of the businesses are now free to compete against one another without having to compete with the government as well.

Is this a good or bad thing? By all accounts, it is good. Getting government out of retail sales eliminates a competitor with a clear advantage. It frees up the private sector to do business the way it is meant to be done. Hopefully, it ultimately means consumers have more choices in terms of products, availability, and pricing.

Online Sales and Home Delivery

A big part of the government’s involvement in the Yukon was to facilitate online sales and home delivery, two things that residents were adamant about during the run up to legalization a few years ago. Some 58% made it clear that online sales and home delivery were especially important to them. Thus, the government established a website to meet those needs.

With the government now out of the business, it is up to the Yukon’s six retail outlets to figure out how to make online sales and home delivery work. The market is competitive enough that few doubt the private sector’s ability to come through. Time will ultimately tell, though.

It is All About Convenience

So why are people so concerned about online sales and home delivery? It is all about convenience. Needless to say, the Yukon is not a densely populated territory dominated by half-a-dozen metro centers. Whitehorse is the territory’s largest town with a population of about 28,000. The remaining population is scattered throughout the territory’s rural areas.

If you live in the Yukon but nowhere near Whitehorse, getting your hands on legal cannabis is anything but convenient. If you can order online and choose home delivery instead of traveling into the city, you are more likely to do so. Why drive to Whitehorse when the dispensary will come to you?

A Similar Scenario in the States

The U.S. is obviously more densely populated than the Yukon. But there are certain areas of the country that are just as rural. Take rural Utah, for example. The state itself only boasts a few major metropolitan areas. Yet a good portion of the population lives in rural areas.

The owners of the Utah dispensary Beehive Farmacy say that rural medical cannabis patients find driving into the city to get their medications just as inconvenient as the Yukon’s rural population. Fortunately, the Utah legislature approved home delivery in 2021. Now it is a matter of offering delivery options throughout the entire state.

Home delivery does have its drawbacks for operators. First is the prospect of dealing with a combination of cash and marijuana. Courier operators are natural targets for crime. Second is the logistics problem. At least in Utah, setting up distribution centers is not as viable as it would seem. So deliveries need to come directly from city dispensaries. That means patients could wait several days to get their medicines.

It will be interesting to see how online sails and home delivery go with the Yukon’s private sector. If all goes well, the territory could provide a model for similar services elsewhere.