Visiting the doctor can be daunting for anyone. Visits have become shorter, insurance challenges could mean large bills, and nobody likes getting their blood drawn.
Women have been conditioned to check in with their doctor once a year for their physical, which is also the time to ask questions and check in on any changes in their health care.
Sometimes those questions might feel embarrassing and are not asked, despite their importance.
While the Internet can be a good source of health information, ultimately your doctor’s expertise and knowledge of your whole case will help govern the appropriate answer for your care.
With that said, here are five questions you should be asking your doctor.
1) Is normal?
It does not matter what sentence or phrase you put inside the because it is important to you. For example, is nipple discharge normal? Sometimes.
Is an increase in chin hair growth normal? Sometimes.
Is hair loss normal? Sometimes.
Is ovarian pain normal? Sometimes.
As you can see, the answer could be positive or negative thus warranting further testing and/or imaging. Never assume.
2) At what age should I ?
Doctors do see a lot of patients every day and they may not remind you to get a certain test therefore if you think an exam is coming up, make sure you ask!
At what age should I get my first mammogram?
At what age can I switch to having a Pap test every three years?
At what age should I get a bone density scan?
At what age do I need my first colonoscopy?
At what age does menopause typically begin?
At what age should I have this IUD removed?
At what age should I have my breast implants redone?
Be proactive with your health and understand where you stand among the ages in order to know what is coming up.
3) Can you explain and how it relates to my health?
Let’s face it, there is a lot of information on the Internet but it may not all pertain to your particular case. Therefore, talk with your doctor about your concerns.