At any level of life, good doctor-patient relationship is essential to achieve the best health outcomes. It is important for women to have a strong relationship with their obstetrician/gynaecologist (OB/GYN).Many women are nervous about their annual gynaecologist appointment because, let's face it, the OB/GYN is in charge of a very, intimate / personal aspect of your health.Every female must, however, don the pink hospital gown and face the stirrups once a year. It's unpleasant, but it's an unavoidable part of life, which is why developing a positive relationship with your OB/GYN is crucial to getting outstanding treatment from your doctor.
OB/GYNs are medical practitioners, but they are also tools with answers to all of your sexual or reproductive health issues, including the ones you don't want to discuss with your closest friend. For example, you've had multiple spouses, suffered infidelity, failed to use condoms, believe you've been subjected to a STI, are having heavy bleeding, are unsure why you're experiencing pain during intercourse, or have a questionable ingrown pubic hair—whatever the case may be, your doctor has seen it all when it comes to the sex life and relationships—the good, the poor, and the ugly—and is here to help. Having said that, find a doctor with whom you feel at ease enough to share that detail. If you don't feel at ease with your doctor, you're unlikely to be absolutely honest with them. And if you don't tell your doctor anything, you and your health will suffer. The following are the five things you should always tell your gynaecologist.
Talk About Your Sexual Experience
We're not here to pass judgement or tell you what you should or shouldn't do. You can tell us all about your sexual experience and present as long as you keep two things in mind: how many sexual partners you have and whether or not you've had unprotected sex. We simply want to make sure you're having the best sex imaginable, free of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancy. These infections may trigger pelvic pain and have an impact on potential fertility, so it's important that you use the right protection.
Discuss Your Pregnancy Goals
Look for a doctor who shares your beliefs. When it comes to starting birth control, many young women go to their OB/GYN first. When you go to the gynaecologist to discuss birth control choices, your beliefs will come up in the discussion. Some women, for example, are happy with birth control pills but not with the concept of an IUD. If a woman wishes to have children later, the subject of her principles will almost certainly come up again. It helps to have a shared understanding with a doctor who is familiar with your medical background.If you want to start a family, you should know that the risk of complications rises after the age of 40, as fertility begins to decline at the age of 35. The number of eggs that can be fertilised reduces as you get older, resulting in difficulty conceiving, miscarriage, and a baby born with abnormalities. Many women are disappointed when they learn that they are unable to have children due to their inability to wait long enough. Take the time now to talk about your reproductive choices and avoid disappointment in the future.
Speak if you are suffering from painful Periods For many women, having their period is a painful experience. Menstruation signs include cramps, breast soreness, and headaches, to name a few. However, for certain women, menstrual pain extends beyond cramps and may be excruciating. It may be a symptom of endometriosis or uterine fibroids if your periods are really painful or have been getting worse over time. It's important to discuss this with your doctor, as there are several options for making these conditions more manageable. You don't have to suffer alone.
Talk About Your Itching Down There
You can feel self-conscious about explaining the itch in the basement, but it's critical that you do so—especially because an exam can be extremely beneficial. It's not likely to be a yeast infection if you're scratching in your vulva. It's more likely to be linked to a touch irritant or a vulvar skin issue. Don't presume that scratching and frustration are just a natural part of life for women; some women put up with months to years of irritation before getting an exam.
Talk About Your Low Libido
Although low libido is more common than many women know, it's critical to meet with your gynaecologist to figure out what's causing your concern. It's possible that your drugs are affecting your libido, or that it's a symptom of an underlying medical disorder or a side effect of a known condition.In these cases, the gynaecologist will be able to decide what medical procedures are needed. Some women's low libidos, on the other hand, may be due to the essence of female sexuality — the urge to have sex or be intimate may be influenced by factors outside your control, such as stress or work.In comparison to the early stages of a relationship, women in long-term relationships are less likely to be unexpectedly aroused.In these cases, the gynaecologist will make suggestions and/or refer you to a psychologist who can help you naturally improve your libido.
Just Ask Anything You Want. Your Body – Your Deserve To Know
Many women are afraid to ask questions or to know what to expect. It's critical to discuss any issues or questions you have about your sexual wellbeing. If you're not sure about anything, your doctor will help you figure it out. Communication and mutual respect are the cornerstones of the ideal doctor-patient relationship. The patient must consider what is most important to them, and the doctor must consider what is best for the patient's health. If you have any doubts, you can always contact your doctor. You are not a burden, and your physician is here to assist you.
This article is authored by Dr Sireesha Reddy, Senior consultant Obstetrican & Gynaecologist, Motherhood Hospitals, Bangalore