How to Enjoy Seeing the Gynecologist
Like going to the dentist, going to your annual
gynecological exam is rarely met with enthusiasm. Fear and anxiety builds over whether
something might be wrong and the inevitable intrusion into the private
areas of the female anatomy is not how most want to spend their day. But
the reality is that regularly seeing your gynecologist is not only good
for your reproductive health, it’s good for the rest of the body
as well! Here are some tips to consider for your next gynecologist visit.
The whole point of going to the doctor is to make sure that you maintain
your health or properly treat what needs to be treated. Doctors can make
the most accurate diagnosis when they have as much information available
to them as possible. They’re not going to judge you; they want to
help! Which will you regret more: admitting something embarrassing or
holding something back that could have helped the doctor treat you better?
Also, don’t be afraid to say that you don’t know something.
Many people don’t want to admit that they don’t have an answer
and will provide information under the logic that something is better
than nothing. Avoid the trap and don’t misinform.
Don’t Over-Clean Yourself
We all want to put our best foot forward when we know we’re going
to be in the spotlight. This is doubly true when it comes to scrutiny
of our personal areas. Consequently, many fixate on being groomed and
clean on the day of a gyno exam. The problem is that some grooming habits,
such as douching, can negatively affect the tests that you’re going
in to receive. Do you really want to go in for a second
Pap Smear? Stick to basic cleanliness like a thorough shower with soap.
Bring Something Fun to Keep Yourself Busy
At the gynecologist’s office, there’s a good chance that you’re
going to have a wait. The discussions with the doctor can become remarkably
personal and can often reveal private topics that don’t get discussed
anywhere else. This all equals extra time spent on each patient. Rather
than let yourself become agitated during the wait, come prepared with
ways to entertain yourself. You deserve your time with the doctor as well,
so be fair to yourself and keep yourself relaxed. You’ll be less
likely to rush out the door once your name’s been called.
Write Down Your Questions and Take Notes for the Visit
The human body is remarkably complex. Medical conditions can present themselves
in a variety of ways and symptoms don’t always present themselves
in a consistent manner. Get the most out of your annual exam by making
a list of questions beforehand and note any observations of symptoms you
might have. That way you can help your doctor help you as much as possible.
Rip Off the Band Aid: Ask the Awkward Questions First
A significant portion of the female population exhibits anxiety when it
comes to talking about the sexual habits or seemingly embarrassing symptoms
related to their genitals. These sorts of questions are what the gynecologist
is there for. They expect to be dealing with odor issues and gastric symptoms.
And sex talk isn’t taboo. They’ll be happy to discuss why
your libido is sluggish or why your significant other wants to do one
thing or another. If he or she feels that they can’t properly answer
your inquiry, a specialist might be recommended, but judgment won’t
be a part of that.
Wear the Right Clothes
It’s an afterthought, but considering the clothing you’ll wear
for your visit will play a subtle but important role in how easy your
visit will go. Think the exam room will be cold? Bring warm knee socks.
They won’t need to be removed for the exam and will mitigate any
unwanted chill. Having a mammogram? Wear a slip-on shirt instead of a
dress or button-down for easy and minimal removal. It will save you time
and leave you feeling less exposed, both common issues at the doctor’s office.
Don’t be Afraid to Switch Doctors
Finding the right doctor is the biggest way to improve your gynecologist
exam. A visit to the gynecologist is about as personal as it’s going
to get for a woman. You shouldn’t have to settle for someone who
makes you feel uncomfortable during an examination or judges you for sexual
proclivities. If this is happening, chances are you’ll put off regular
examinations, which leaves you vulnerable to developing unpleasant medical
conditions. If you can find a doctor who feels more like one of your girlfriends
than judge and jury, your visits will improve tremendously.
Improving your Life with Barnabas Health Medical Group
Barnabas Health Medical Group is a network of doctors that have dedicated
their lives to meeting the diverse health requirements of people all over
New Jersey. Our affiliates at
Ocean Gynecological and Obstetrical Associates
have been serving Central New Jersey women for over 50 years, utilizing
a collaborative approach between all staff to provide to highest contributions
to women’s health issues. Are you in need of a new OB/GYN, Midwife
or Gynecologist? Find your
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