As dreadful as you may think visiting your gynecologist is, in so many ways it can be a really rewarding experience. Allow me to explain. As a woman, your body is constantly changing as you get older, and with these changes comes the unknown. If you are experiencing something out of the ordinary it is imperative to speak up in order to detect a problem early if there is one. Use my Top 10 things you need to tell your gynecologist during your visit list to learn some important issues you need to speak up about at your next visit.
1) Have you had a recent change in diet and/or exercise?
Whether you are intentionally losing weight, or not there are always certain health risks involved so it is very important to talk to your gynecologist to make sure your body is on track with the weight loss. In addition to your physical body changes, there could be some internal changes that need to be monitored including your hormones that control your reproductive system as well as your blood pressure and cholesterol. The opposite is also true if you are intentionally or non-intentionally trying to gain weight. It is so important to keep your body happy and healthy, so speaking with your ob/gyn about the changes that are occurring is to keeping you healthy during the change.
2) My birth control pill is giving me abnormal side effects. What should I do?
If you are feeling abnormal effects, ie. abnormal discharge, cramping, heavy bleeding or dizziness you need to bring this up to your gynecologist because not all birth control pills are made equal. Different ones produce different doses of hormones and depending on the “real” reason for telling your gyno you need to be on the pill can help them determine which one is best for you. Saying you need the pill for cramping when you are really gaining weight and not admitting it can lead to worse effects. So being honest about how your period effects you can help your gynecologist determine which pill is best for you and your needs.
3) I have been really down in the dumps. Could I be depressed?