Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor
Unless you are pregnant, you likely see your OB-GYN about once a year. Rather than thinking of this appointment as just one more item on your to-do list, consider it an opportunity to ask open-ended questions, to consult with an expert in the field, and to support your long-term health and wellness.
With that in mind, it only makes sense to come to your next appointment prepared. Take the time to organize a list of questions or concerns for your doctor, in order to get the most out of your annual visit. Following are five key questions you may want to ask:
- What else can I do to get pregnant? If you are struggling to get pregnant, talk with your doctor sooner than later. She can ask the right questions, offer appropriate tests and ensure you have the support you need on your pregnancy journey. If you have been trying for more than a year or more than six months if you are age 35 or older, call to schedule an appointment.
- What is causing my low libido? While many women struggle to discuss sex or lack thereof, your gynecologist can help you get to the root of low libido and other sexual issues.
- How do I perform a proper self-breast exam? Women are encouraged to perform self-exams monthly, yet many women fail to do so – or to do so properly. Annual exams include a breast exam, and your doctor can explain how to feel for lumps or other irregularities.
- Where can I get more information? You might want more details on vitamins or supplements, exercising while pregnant or post-natal, a genetic condition or general health issues. We are always happy to help you get the information and find the resources you need to live a healthier life.
- What should I do for my health before my next appointment? Whether you are healthy as a horse or struggling with a chronic illness, everyone can take measures to bolster their overall health and wellness, especially when you have a full year to do so. Ask your doctor for suggestions to give you the motivation to make any healthy changes needed in your life.
“Whether you have questions about your period, sex, pregnancy, menopause or anything in between, we are more than happy to discuss what is on your mind,” said Dr. Donna Block. “Your doctor is your ally in your health, and we are here for you every step of the way.”