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Tips for Your First Visit to the Gynecologist

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The U.S. has the highest rates of chronic health conditions (such as diabetes and heart disease), with 87% of older Americans experiencing at least one chronic illness. However, the conditions that are unique to women often take a backseat to these highly publicized diseases. What's more, women's health services can allow patients to take a more active role in their health management; through the information they'll learn during appointments, patients can learn to make important choices and changes that can improve their quality of life and lower their risk of any number of conditions.

Visiting the gynecologist for the first time can be a bit intimidating for many of us. But it's an essential step for young women to take in order to preserve their health. If you want to get the most out of your first gynecology appointment and ease your anxiety, you may want to pay attention to the following tips.

  • Bring Someone With You: If you're feeling especially nervous about your first appointment, you're definitely not alone. While you shouldn't let yourself get carried away with concern, you can certainly prioritize your own comfort during your first visit. Feel free to bring along your mom, your sister, or your best friend to your visit. They can stay in the waiting room during your appointment or may even be able to come in the room with you. You should feel in control of this visit and ensure that you feel comfortable at all times. By having someone you trust there for emotional support, you may be able to relax.

  • Schedule at the Right Time: While your doctor can examine you if you're on your period, you may feel more comfortable visiting the gynecology office when you don't have to deal with tampons and pads. There's a lot of shame surrounding healthcare for women already; while you shouldn't feel embarrassed about anything pertaining to your period, being examined by a medical professional at this time can still be anxiety inducing for many young women. If you've been getting your period for a short while, you may not keep good track of it. But if you can remember when you had your last period and can schedule your appointment during the other part of the month, you may feel more at ease.

  • Come Prepared With Questions: For many patients, talking about sexual or reproductive health issues can be a real challenge. Realize that noquestion or situation is abnormal or strange and that your gynecologist will not judge you in any way. Once you realize that your doctor wants only to ensure your health, safety, and knowledge, you may feel more comfortable speaking up. This is a great time to ask any questions you've always wanted to know the answers to or inquire about situations you've worried about. You can even write down a list and bring it into your appointment with you if you're afraid you'll forget. Instead of relying on questionable information from a friend or from the internet, you can get reliable answers straight from a reputable source.

Prioritizing early gynecology appointments can allow women to take control of their overall health. To learn more about making an appointment or about the other health services we offer, please contact us today.

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