7 Topics to Discuss with Your ObGyn
Routine health check-ups can start to feel like a chore to knock off your to-do list, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take them seriously. It’s important to take the time to ask your ObGyn any questions you may have so that you have a better understanding of your health and your body. Not sure what you ask? Here are 7 topics that are important to discuss with your ObGyn.
Irregular periods can be normal when you are younger but your periods should start to regulate by your later teenage years. No matter how used to an irregular period you may be, you should still discuss it with your doctor to make sure there is no underlying issue. If your period only comes every couple of months or not at all, you may have polycystic ovarian syndrome, while if your period is causing you extreme pain or heavy periods, it could be a condition such as endometriosis or a hormone imbalance.
Although it may feel odd to talk about your sex life with someone so intimately, it’s imperative that you discuss it with your OB/GYN to ensure that you are well informed and healthy – especially if you’re experiencing painful intercourse. There can be different causes for this pain, some minor and some more serious. Talking through this issue with your OB/GYN will help you get to the root of the problem so you can know if it’s a simple solution such as using more lube during sex or if you are suffering from an undiagnosed condition.
Another topic we recommend discussing with your OB/GYN is birth control. Which birth control works best can heavily depend on the person, and may require an in-depth conversation with your doctor to find the best option for you. Talk to your doctor about the different methods of birth control you’ve used in the past, and what is important to you about your birth control so that they can help you make the right decision.
Once again, we know it may seem embarrassing to discuss your sex life with your OB/GYN, but they can help you address and resolve the problems you are facing, such as libido issues. Low libido is more common than most women realize, so it’s nothing to feel ashamed or embarrassed about. There can be many reasons for low libido, some medical and some non-medical, and your doctor will help you figure out the cause.
If you are trying to get pregnant or considering starting to try in the near future, we recommend talking to your doctor so that they can provide you with helpful information. They’ll let you know how far in advance you need to stop taking birth control, what lifestyle changes can promote contraception and be there to support you in the early stages when you still aren’t telling friends and family.
If you aren’t feeling like yourself or believe you are suffering from depression or negative thoughts, we suggest contacting your doctor as soon as possible. It’s not uncommon to feel this way at times and may be related to your hormone levels or you may be suffering from postpartum depression. We urge you not to ignore these signs. Have a conversation with your doctor about how you’re feeling so that they can figure out the right treatment to get you back to your happy and healthy self in no time.
Going through menopause can take a lot out of a woman, and to make it worse there are a multitude of side effects you may experience – hot flashes, weight gain, mood swings, and sleep issues. Talk with your doctor about ways to reduce these symptoms as well as ensuring that everything you are feeling is normal.
These 7 important topics to discuss with your ObGyn may feel awkward or uncomfortable at times, but it is essential you discuss them with your doctor so that you can be informed about any issues with your body, mind or intimacy. If you are experiencing any of these issues and are looking for an ObGyn in the Austin area, we’d love to help you.