Visiting a gynecologist can be a bit uncomfortable, especially for the first visit. But gynecologists are an essential part of any women’s health care. They can help answer any questions and make sure that you stay healthy down there.
If you aren’t sure what to talk to your gynecologist about, keep reading for some ideas to help you get the most out of your next doctor’s visit and take care of your reproductive health.
What should I talk to my gynecologist about?
A gynecologist specializes in women’s reproductive health needs. They provide regular check-ups, including pelvic exams, pap smears, breast exams, testing for sexually transmitted diseases, treating urinary tract infections, and more. They can help you figure out what birth control options might be suitable for you.
And there is no need to be embarrassed! Your gynecologist is there to answer any questions that you might have about your sexual and reproductive health.
Typical discussion topics people have for their gynecologist include:
- Painful periods
- Irregular periods
- Other questions about the menstrual cycle
- Birth control and contraception
- Vaginal discharge
- Vaginal dryness
- Sexual activity
- Pain during sex
- Low libido
- Pimples caused by hormonal acne
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Yeast infections
- Ingrown hair
- Ovarian cysts
- Uterine fibroids
- And much more!
If you’re feeling nervous or confused, you can also ask your gyno to explain everything they are about to do before doing it.
What questions do they ask you at the gynecologist?
If you are getting ready for your first visit to the gynecologist, you might be wondering what kind of questions your doctor might ask you. As far as questions go, a visit to the gynecologist should not differ too much from other doctor’s visits.
A gynecologist will start by asking you questions about your medical history and your family history. These questions will help give the doctor some background on your health and bring awareness to any potential health issues that they should test you for.
Questions about your medical history and family history might include:
- Has anyone in your family had breast cancer?
- Has anyone in your family had cervical cancer or uterine cancer?
- Have you been vaccinated for HPV?
- Do you have any concerns about your sexual health?
After they ask about your medical history, questions a gynecologist might ask you include:
- When was your last period?
- How long does your menstrual cycle typically last?
- Do you experience irregular or painful periods?
- Are you sexually active?
- How many sexual partners have you had?
- When you are sexually active, do you use condoms or any other form of birth control?
- Do you experience any pain or bleeding during or after sexual activity?
- Are you looking for a new birth control method?
It is vital to find a gynecologist that you feel comfortable talking to. Any questions they might ask you intend to provide the best medical care for you. The questions are designed to evaluate for any medical conditions. The doctor will not pass any judgment on your personal sex life.
What should I wear to a gynecologist appointment?
Wear whatever clothing makes you feel comfortable to your gynecologist appointment. Most gynos will ask you to take off your clothes privately and wear a special robe or gown for the exam, so it should not matter what you wear into the appointment. The only type of clothing to avoid might be difficult for you to remove by yourself.
Many people might feel the need to prepare ahead of time for their appointment out of anxiety or embarrassment. This is a personal choice, but it is best not to shave wax or groom before your gynecologic exam excessively. A simple shower is all that is needed to prepare for your exam. Again, the doctor is there to evaluate you for medical conditions rather than pass any judgment on your physical appearance.
Please make an appointment with our gynecologists today
At Great City Medical, our women’s health specialists are here to talk to you about your sexual and reproductive health. Call and talk to our specialists today to learn more about how to prepare for your first NYC gynecology appointment.