At the reception at the gynecologist, many are not chattering – it would be more likely to break out. But health is more important, so discuss with the doctor several important topics.
We are well aware that you are not very drawn to being in the gynecological chair. But for your own peace of mind, even if nothing bothers, you need to visit a doctor at least once a year. So plan a visit to the gynecologist and be sure to ask the doctor a few questions that you need to discuss personally.
1.What are the side effects of birth control?
About 30% of girls stop taking hormonal OK because of side effects: nausea, increased breast sensitivity, mood swings and decreased libido. For those who use a copper intrauterine device, menstrual pain and bleeding are intensified in the first months. Because of these difficulties, choosing your method of contraception is most often necessary through trial and error. Tell your doctor about all the negative symptoms so that together you can find the right contraception for you personally.
2. Do I need a genetic test before pregnancy?
If you are planning a conception, discussing this issue with a gynecologist is especially important. An analysis (blood or saliva) will help determine the likelihood of a genetic mutation and / or congenital disease such as cystic fibrosis, mental retardation syndrome, or sickle cell anemia. The attending physician will evaluate your health indicators with your partner and will either not insist on the test, or will send you to an appointment with a specialist in genetics.
3. Do I need to treat urinary tract infections with antibiotics?
The abuse of antibiotics has led to the emergence of new “super infections” that are drug resistant. This is why most modern doctors will refer you to a urine test before writing a prescription. When you have been prescribed a course of a certain drug, be sure to conduct it to the end. An untreated infection can cause a number of serious complications, for example, affecting the kidneys, which in some cases is deadly. Do you experience urinary infections more than once or twice a year? Then it’s worth donating blood to understand the reasons: it may be certain physical abnormalities (such as a shortened urethra) or a malfunction of the immune system (for example, due to diabetes), due to which bacteria more often penetrate the bladder.
4. How do I determine the risk of breast cancer?
Many doctors use the Gale model to assess risk in women over 35 years old. It takes into account various factors – the medical history of family members, origin, time of the first menstruation. You can take an online test first and then discuss the results with your gynecologist. Test data and an honest discussion of all other risk factors (for example, alcohol consumption or being overweight) will help you and your doctor plan a mammogram. In any case, always tell the doctor about any seals, swelling, redness, discharge from the nipples, etc. Let the specialist determine what is normal and what is not.
5. Can a sex drive disappear due to health problems?
Maybe, of course. For example, you usually wanted to have sex three times a week, but for several months now you have not felt such a desire. Or – like you want, but when it comes to bed, there is no excitement. There are many purely medical reasons: from genital infections to pressure and diabetes; let the gynecologist understand this. If you are in perfect order with regard to women’s health, then you should also visit other specialists – the libido may fade due to excessive stress or problems in relationships.