Whether it’s your first time or your hundredth time, going to a gynecologist appointment can be nerve-wracking. Our first piece of advice is – don’t worry. We are here to help you, and you can be open about your health with us.
Here are the top ten things you should know or do before heading to your next appointment.
Your cycle is a wealth of data we can use to understand your overall health. You can use a calendar or an app to help make it easier for you.
We need to know what medicines you take, what surgeries you have had, and any other important facts about your medical history.
We love to educate our patients about their health. If you keep a list of questions, you will be less likely to forget to ask them when it’s time for your appointment.
Women come to us and are often uncomfortable. You don’t have to hide your underwear or be shy about your body. We believe bodies come in all shapes and sizes and want you to be as comfortable as possible.
Parents play a role in their children’s health. Teens do not have to have an exam to visit us. Visits at an early age can establish a bond, helping your child choose healthy lifetime habits.
We do not care if you shave or wax before you come to your appointment. A shower or bath the night before or day of your appointment is all you need to do, no douching or other types of intrusive cleaning.
Being on your period usually will not be an issue. We can still perform an exam, take samples, and run tests. Call our office if you feel uncomfortable going to your annual while on your period. We can reschedule or come up with a different plan.
Be frank about any unusual symptoms you might have. It’s nothing we haven’t heard. We have experience with a spectrum of issues. Don’t be afraid to tell us everything.
If you are uncomfortable with a one-on-one pap smear during your annual, you can request to have a second person in the room. This is standard practice for many physicians, but you can request it if you aren’t sure.
We don’t just care about your reproductive organs and health. We care about your mood, your stress, and your lifestyle.