We know, okay? We’ve been there and we know it can be a little bit embarrassing and all you’re really thinking about is how badly you want your clothes back on and “Could you please not look directly at it?”, but the smart thing to do is to get the best out of the appointment with your gynecologist. No one else can give you the accurate, helpful insight you need about how to take care of yourself. We all have some burning questions on our mind about our bodies, especially us girls.
Not to worry, we come to your aid. If you think about the questions you’d like to ask prior to your appointment, you’ll be goal-oriented when the day comes and you’ll forget all about how uncomfortable you may feel because you’ll have a task at hand to focus on.
Oh, and if you think you can’t wait until then to ask your questions, you can consult a gynecologist online in websites such as Doctorspring or Healthtap. Long live the internet!
Are there any side effects to my birth control? And if so, what are they?
We’ve all heard of at least one woman in our lives who decided to quit using the pill because she was experiencing side effects such as nausea, weight gain, moodiness, low libido, breast tenderness and other symptoms; that, on top of the countless accounts about the side effects of other birth controls we’ve found on the internet while trying to get informed.
Ask anyone who’s been through it and you’ll soon figure out that finding the perfect contraceptive for you can be a whole process of trial and error; this is why it’s extremely important to talk about the many options available with your doctor so together you can find the glass slipper of birth controls without going through an unnecessarily annoying process.
My libido is down, is there a medical reason for it?
It depends. If the changes in your libido are quite drastic, let’s say you used to enjoy having sex 3 – 4 times a week, but now you haven’t felt like it in months, this might be due to medical reasons which is why you can talk to your gynecologist to see if there’s anything going on down there or if there’s a medical condition that’s messing up your drive, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
I’m trying to get pregnant, do I need genetic testing?
This one is up to you, but you can get your OB/GYN to share her thoughts on the matter. Genetic testing can predict whether you or your partner are passing along any genetic mutation or inherited disorders down to your baby. How much you want to do this really depends on your family’s history and whether you’re having serious concerns; talking to your doctor can help decide and ease your mind, they can even refer you to a genetic counselor who’s more equipped to further assess the pros and cons of carrier screening.
How to evaluate breast cancer risk?
There’s a tool called Gail Model that doctors use on women over 35 years old to assess the risk of breast cancer based on factors such as family history, race, and the age you got your first period. Online versions of it are available and you can take one so you can discuss the results with your gynecologist the next time you have an appointment. And remember, no matter what the level of risk is, make sure to talk to your doctor if you find any lumps, redness, nipple discharge, swelling or changes in breast size, so they can rule out serious concerns.
UTIs: do antibiotics really help?
There are various unintended consequences of overusing antibiotics, one of them which affect humans the most is that bacteria develop resistance to antibiotics; this results in drug-resistant bacteria and germs which in turn create super bugs that are more difficult to fight. This is why doctors have to take a urine test before prescribing them to you. So, if you happen to have an UTI and your healthcare provider says that’s the plan of action, then you should follow up. When UTIs are not treated accordingly they can lead to more serious conditions, such as kidney infection. No one wants that!