Before your yearly gynecologist exam, you may be experiencing many different feelings. From nervousness to embarrassment, these feelings are completely normal. Going to the gynecologist, especially if it’s your first time, can be an uncomfortable experience. Not knowing what to expect and if you’re healthy can be scary. However, it’s important to take a deep breath and keep in mind that millions of women go to these appointments every year. They are nothing to be nervous about. Your doctor is here to make you feel comfortable and ensure you are healthy. Although, knowing a few tips on how to prepare is a great tool for easing a nervous mind. That’s why here at Green Health Consulting LLC we had our team come up with a guide to help you prepare. This way when you come in for your appointment you can have peace of mind.
Write Down Any Questions You May Have
You know when you have so many questions for the doctor before your appointment but you get there and forget everything you wanted to ask? This happens to everyone and instantly fills us all with a little bit of regret when we leave the appointment. The best way to combat this moment is by coming in with all of your questions written down somewhere. No matter how silly you may think the question is it’s important to ask it. Asking any question or expressing any concerns you may have can give you peace of mind and help your health. Sometimes doctors cannot pick up on everything during your appointment, which makes it even more important for you as a patient to communicate with them. Our doctors at Green Health Consulting LLC are here for you and are more than happy to answer any questions you have.
Keep Track of Your Last Menstrual Cycle
This preparation tip can help you in two ways. The first is so you can provide your doctor with important information, and the second is so you can schedule your appointment appropriately. Your gynecologist is going to ask you some general questions about your menstrual cycle during your appointment. While it’s no big deal if you don’t remember everything, writing details down such as how long it lasted, how heavy it was, and how frequently you get them can help give your doctor some insight into your health. You also want to try and keep track of your last menstrual cycle when scheduling your appointment so you do not have a cycle during your appointment. This way there are no variables affecting anything during the examination and pap smear.
Hold Off on Sexual Activity the Night Before
Another important tidbit to remember before your exam is to hold off on any sexual activity the night before. Sex can interfere with the exam and potentially change up the results of the pap smear and other aspects of the examination. While this is not always the case, it’s important to be safe rather than sorry. The last thing you want is for something to come back inaccurately and have to come to get checked up again.
Know What to Expect
The saying knowledge is power is certainly true in this situation. Being knowledgeable about the exam can help give you peace of mind before the big day. The unexpected tends to give humans anxiety. When you know what is coming during your exam you can go into it knowing what to expect. A standard exam includes measurements and blood pressure, a breast exam, a pelvic exam, and a pap smear if you are due for one. There will also always be a period for you to sit down with your doctor and discuss any concerns or questions you may have. This is the point where your list of pre-written questions will come in handy.
Here at Green Health Consulting LLC, we want you to feel comfortable on the day of your annual gynecologist exam. Our doctors are here to help you and only want to see you be the healthiest version of yourself. To learn more about what the annual appointment entails and how to schedule one, give us a call today at (954) 775-0325.