Questions You Should Be Asking Your Gynecologist That You Probably Are Not

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By: Krystle Crossman

Going to see the gynecologist is never a fun experience for a woman and it is often times very awkward. You may have questions that you forget to ask because you just want to get out of there but they are questions that you should be asking to save time later down the road.

1. Can I get a refill on my yeast infection prescription?: If you are afraid to ask for a refill because you do not have an infection right at that time but know that you are prone to them, ask anyway. This will save you the hassle later on. The worst thing that the doctor can say is no and then you will need to make another appointment when one does occur but if you have a good rapport with your doctor, they will most likely honor your request.

2. When should I have a mammogram done?: The recommended age for women to begin screening every two years is from 50-74. The American Cancer Society recommends starting at 40. There is so much information on the internet that it is just easier to ask your doctor when you are there.

3. How do I really know that I don’t have an STI?: There is no one test to screen for all s*xually transmitted infections. If you are concerned or just want to be sure, ask your doctor if you can be tested outside of your normal pap smear to detect other infections that may not be picked up during a routine pelvic exam.

4. How many IUDs do you put in per week?: If you are looking at a longer form of birth control where you don’t have to take a pill every day, think about an IUD. Make sure that you ask your doctor how often they insert them because the success of the insertion depends on the skill of the doctor and both of your comfort levels.

5. How to I prepare to get pregnant?: There are some things that you can do to get your body ready for pregnancy and your OB/GYN will be one of the best people to help you out.

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3 Comments

  1. And women need to learn more about HPV, and the vaccine for their daughters. Your gynecologist is an excellent source for this information.

  2. E. Jacqueline Irons on

    Oh please, don’t be silly. You mean to tell me that you haven’t gotten a Female Gynecologist yet? There are so many female GYN doctors now more than ever, and a lot of black ones, too. Leave those nasty male doctors alone, from my experience as a young woman. Never again!!! Go female and feel free and relaxed.

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