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5 Surprising Things You Should Tell Your OB/GYN

Here’s what your doc really wants to know about you.

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Your OB/GYN isn’t just there to examine your “lady parts,” take a smear and wave goodbye until next year. We are an excellent resource and healthcare partner with a wealth of valuable information at our fingertips. But we need information about you – lots of it – in order to take the best care of you. Read on to learn the top 5 things your OB/GYN wants to know about you.

1. Family “Secrets”

As OB/GYNs, we are your partners in health. In order to keep you (all of you) healthy, we want to understand your medical history going as far back as two generations and forward one generation. So if your maternal grandfather had heart disease or your daughter has a thyroid condition, let your physician know. The more information you pass along, the more clues your doc will have when piecing together the complex puzzle that is you. This will help in determining your risk factors for certain diseases and which tests the doctor should order (and when).

2. The Cycle of Your Cycle

It’s not normal to bleed for eight days while changing your pad every two hours, turn into a sobbing heap of sloppy emotions for a whole week every month, or experience debilitating cramps. And there’s no reason for you to have to suffer like that. There are good solutions for heavy bleeding, mood swings and pelvic pain. But we need to know what’s going on in order to help you, so do speak up.

3. Your Sex Life

Don’t save all the sex talk for your girlfriends over a bottle of red. We actually need to know about your libido (Is it going strong? Missing in action?), pain during sex, adverse reactions to semen (believe it or not, it happens!), or anything else that may seem unusual to you. Everything from your medications to your emotions can affect your sex life. So open up about what’s going on. We may have the answers to some of your most pressing questions.

4. Your Baby Plans

If you are planning on having a baby someday, there are things we can do to set you up for success now, before you’re ready to get pregnant. For example, being honest about your personal habits (like smoking, drinking and drug use) will allow us to have an open dialogue about how these things can affect fertility.

Once you’re ready to take the plunge, prenatal counseling will help your doctor understand what to look out for as you embark on your pregnancy journey. And talking about risk factors such as pre-existing conditions and obesity will put you on the strongest course for healthy baby-making.

If you’re having trouble conceiving, we can help steer you in the right direction. And if you aren’t ready to have a family just yet, we can be very helpful in explaining your birth control options and coming up with a plan to prevent pregnancy until you are ready.

5. Meno-madness?

If you’re perimenopausal or menopausal, you probably have questions about new annoyances – from hot flashes and vaginal dryness to fatigue and low sex drive. We are experts in figuring out how to deal with any symptoms you may be experiencing and whether you are a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy. We also have a few tricks up our sleeves that may make your life a little easier and more comfortable during these trying times.

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Published November 29th, 2017
A smiling patient in a light blue shirt sits on an examination table. A doctor wearing a white lab coat places her hand on the patient's shoulder.

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