Whether you’ve been visiting an OB/GYN for years or it’s your first appointment, you still might battle a few nerves before you go to the office. If you’re prepared for what to expect and you understand why you need to visit your OB/GYN, then the appointment likely won’t be as bothersome.
The first thing you need to do would be to find a provider you’re comfortable around. Our doctor will need to see you without clothes on at times, so it should be someone you’re at ease with instead of someone who makes you feel ashamed of your body or who might not provide the proper care that you need. Our provider understands the medical needs that you have along with how to treat them. If you’re pregnant, then our doctor is able to provide the care that you and your baby both need.
Learn about the tests that you can expect to have performed at the office. A pap smear and breast examination are at the top of the list of tests that will usually be performed with a pap smear at least once a year. A breast exam is usually performed at each visit. Our doctor will likely screen for sexually transmitted diseases and other health issues that could be present as early detection often leads to early treatments that can prevent significant types of treatments in the future. Aside from your feminine health, our OB/GYN can also provide your overall medical care as well so that you don’t have to visit multiple doctors.
Try to be as honest as you can about your medical health and about your sexual relationships. You also need to be open about whether you want to have children or not as well as other personal issues that our doctor can help with so that you’re as healthy as possible. It’s sometimes better to do a little research about doctors in your area before making a final decision about the one you want to see so that you do feel as though you can talk about any issues that are concerning to you.
Make sure you keep all appointments that are made, letting our doctor know if there are any changes you see between each visit. Try to keep a few notes about any abnormal menstrual cycles or any abnormal pain that you have as your doctor can usually order tests to determine if there’s anything to worry about.