Coming in for your annual women’s health exam can be anxiety-inducing itself and speaking up about certain issues can make it even more uncomfortable. While you should never remain quiet when it comes to your health, you can make your next visit with your gynecologist in Scottsdale more productive by asking these very important questions.

1. What – if any – side effects have been associated with my method of birth control?

Thirty percent of women who take birth control pills stop using it because they experience side effects like nausea, breast tenderness, and headaches, not to mention mood changes or a drop in libido. Finding the right contraceptive pill or device can take some trial and error, so don’t settle for any option that leaves you feeling uncertain. Tell your gynecologist in Scottsdale about any negative symptoms you notice after going on a new form of birth control so she can help you find a better fit.

2. Do I need to have a genetic test prior to getting pregnant?

While that’s entirely up to you, carrier screening through a blood or saliva test can help predict your or your partner’s chances of passing on a genetic mutation and/or an inherited disorder such as cystic fibrosis or sickle cell disease. Schedule a preconception counseling appointment before making your decision.

3. Do I really need an antibiotic for my UTI?

Overuse of antibiotics is responsible for the rise of drug-resistant “superbugs,” which is why your gynecologist in Scottsdale will probably test your urine before issuing a prescription. If you do need the meds, it’s important to take them and follow the full course of treatment; partially treated UTIs can lead to other serious medical issues like a kidney infection, which in rare cases can be life-threatening.

4. How can I assess my breast cancer risk?

For women over the age of 35, some health professionals use a tool to calculate risks based on factors such as family history, race, and the age at which you got your first period. The outcome of the test, together with other risk influencers can help you and your gynecologist in Scottsdale create a plan for when and how often to have mammograms. Regardless of what your risk level is, always inform your gynecologist if you notice any lumps, swelling, redness, nipple discharge, or changes in breast size.

5. Why do I have no libido?

If you typically enjoy sex three times a week but haven’t felt like doing it for months, your gynecologist can help you identify issues “down there” that can have a negative effect on your libido. These vaginal issues can include issues STIs or fibroids. There are also medical conditions – such as diabetes or high blood pressure – can have an effect as well. If you’re in good physical shape, she may refer you to a therapist to help you identify and overcome relationship issues or stress, both of which can tank your sex drive.

If you are not discussing these issues with your gynecologist in Scottsdale because you are embarrassed, don’t be! These are very common questions and we are happy to answer them for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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