It is excellent that you have scheduled your first appointment with your gynecologist. Although it might seem scary and nerve-wracking, Dr. Anita Veerabhadrappa-Meiner in Boca Raton OB-GYN is ready to help you have a pleasant experience during your visit to her office. Some things to do when getting ready for the gynecologist include:
- Know Your History
Your doctor is going to ask about your history just like at any other doctor’s visit. You must know anything you have ever been diagnosed with before, like asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes, any thyroid issues, anything that a doctor or a healthcare provider has confirmed. Your OB-GYN will also need to be aware of any previous surgeries. Your doctor may also ask questions about anybody in your family who has a history of cancer, heart attacks, strokes, clotting disorders, or heavy periods. If you do not know your family members or your family history in great detail, you do not have to worry about how you will get that information. It is not critical information but is helpful for your OB-GYN.
- Know Our Medications
Your doctor will want to know what medications you are taking, the names, and the dosage. If you could write down your prescriptions, the dose, and how frequently you take it, that would be easier. Moreover, inform your OB-GYN about any supplements, herbal or over-the-counter, that you might be taking that counts as a medication. This information is essential so that your doctor can determine if the drugs can interact with some things that they might prescribe.
- Understand Your Periods
Another crucial element in your visit is for your doctor to understand details about your periods. Specifically, they will want to know:
- How old were you when you got your first period?
- How frequent are your periods, and when you do have your period?
- How many days do you bleed for, and how are they?
- Are your periods really heavy, painful, crampy, and terrible?
- Are they only a light spotting?
If you are not even sure if it is a period, let your doctor know. It is also helpful for your doctor to know if you have been pregnant before.
If you want to shave or wax, that is fine if it is your personal preference. However, your gynecologist does not care if you have never shaved or you come in completely bare. Please do not feel that you need to do anything special with your hair. You do not douche because that is terrible for your vulva and your vagina.
- Bring Support
Another way to prepare is to bring a friend or a family member. Getting somebody with you will make you feel more confident and supported. Keep in mind that a midwife or health care provider should have that person step out to ensure confidentiality. But just in case they do not, be mindful of the person you are bringing and be okay with saying whatever is in front of them.
Visiting a GYN or women’s health care provider should not be scary. You should feel empowered and proud of yourself for taking care of your health. If you have any other questions about what to expect at the gynecologist office, contact MyDoc Women’s Health Specialists to schedule an appointment.