6. Withholding Prescription Information
Your gynecologist will ask for the names of the medications you are taking. You may think your doctor need only be concerned with the meds that she prescribes for your reproductive health. However, other medications that you take can affect your health or interact with medications your gynecologist prescribes. It is helpful to bring a list of your prescription and OTC meds to any doctor appointments. It can be challenging to try to remember the name of “that little orange pill” when you are in the office.
5. Allowing Embarrassment to Prevent Frank Conversations
Your gynecologist is focused on helping you maintain the health of your reproductive system. As such, he or she needs to be equipped with accurate information about sexual practices or activities that may impact your health. There is probably nothing you could say that will shock your health care professional. Therefore, it is critical to put feelings of embarrassment aside and share information that can affect your health. Furthermore, it is crucial to know that you can feel free to ask questions regarding your health.
4. Skipping Pap Smears
A Pap smear doesn’t make any woman’s list of favorite activities. However, this simple test takes only seconds and provides you and your doctor with critical information that can diagnose and prevent the spread of cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends women between the ages of 21 and 29 have a Pap test every three years. Women between the ages of 30 and 65 should have the test every five years. Women over the age of 65 who have regularly had normal Pap smear results may not require further testing.Related: 16 Warning Signs It Is Time for a New Doctor