6 Tips for Talking to an OB/GYN

November 2017

What to discuss with your doctor to maximize the care you receive.

One of our tips for talking to an OB/GYN is to reveal your childbearing plans.

It’s important to establish an open and honest relationship with your OB/GYN. Unfortunately, some women may feel uncomfortable or awkward sharing personal details about their health. To ensure that you receive the highest quality of care, make it a priority to open up with these tips for talking to an OB/GYN:

1. Reveal your childbearing plans

If you’re thinking about getting pregnant, let your OB/GYN know. They can recommend prenatal vitamins and dietary and other lifestyle changes that may help you conceive. They may also order additional tests or schedule a preconception counseling appointment.

Wondering if it’s the right time to expand your family? Check out our smart family planning tips here.

2. Ask about the latest birth control options

If you’re not planning on getting pregnant anytime soon, talk to your OB/GYN about the various types of birth control options. Even if you’re already on some form of birth control, your doctor can help you determine if it’s the best option for your lifestyle and family planning stage.

Check out this infographic to learn more about which birth control method might be best for you.

3. Don't shy away from talking about sex-related problems

If you experience any pain during sexual intercourse, cannot orgasm, bleed after sex, have a low sex drive, or experience any other sexual difficulty, talk to your OB/GYN about it. In some cases, these sexual dysfunctions can be treated easily so you can enjoy intimacy with your partner again.

4. Bring up your irregular periods

If some of your periods are unpredictable, painful, extremely heavy, or have otherwise changed from your normal cycle, inform your OB/GYN. While the abnormality could be the sign of a serious problem, irregular periods are harmless in most cases – but that doesn’t mean you must live with them. Sharing your concerns and symptoms can help you and your doctor determine the best way to find relief together.

5. Describe any abnormal vaginal discharge

Tell your OB/GYN if you’ve noticed a change in the odor, color, or amount of your vaginal discharge. These signs could indicate such issues as a bacterial infection, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), a tampon that has been left inside you, or in more serious cases, endometrial cancer.  

6. Disclose the number of sexual partners you've had

It’s a good idea tell your OB/GYN how many sexual partners you’ve had. This way, they can determine if any additional sexually-transmitted disease (STD) tests are needed. Remember that your OB/GYN has seen it all and will not judge you, so there’s no reason to be embarrassed. Your health is too important to ignore!

Regardless of your age, it’s essential to follow these tips for talking to an OB/GYN so that you can stay on top of your gynecologic health throughout your life cycle. To schedule an appointment with our OB/GYNs and women’s health team, call us at 920.885.6090 or request an appointment online today.

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