5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Your Period
All questions are smart questions when it comes to your menstrual health. You should never feel like the concerns you have are too silly, embarrassing or minuscule to bring up to a physician during an appointment. Whether you’ve noticed irregularities like spotting or clotting or something simply feels abnormal without quite knowing how to describe it, bring it up. Your OBGYN will fill in the blanks for you. And, he or she will agree that it is always better to be safe rather than to be sorry. Don’t you agree, too?
Now that’s not to say feeling anxious about discussing something so personal can’t be a little nerve-racking. Opening up about aspects of your body is at first uncomfortable for everyone, sure. But, remember, your doctor has heard it all. Think about the most embarrassing thing you could possibly think of to ask. Got that question in mind? Good. Now know this: that question has probably been fielded by your doctor thousands of times before. Feel better?
It’s important to air those burning questions ASAP because, while they might seem ridiculous to you, they may be signs and symptoms caused by something much more serious. There’s only one way to find out: ask. Here are five things to ask your OBGYN during your next visit.
- Is it normal that my period is this painful?
Cramping is normal, but if it’s so bad that you can’t get out of bed, you need to check with your doctor, as the pain could be caused by a number of disorders: endometriosis, adenomyosis or uterine fibroids.
Your doctor can discuss treatment for all of the above.
- How heavy of a flow is too heavy?
If you’re having to change your pad or tampon every hour or less, then you may be experiencing something abnormal. Before talking to your doctor, note the size and amount of blood clots you see. It could simply be a hormone imbalance, extreme changes in weight or pregnancy. Or, it could be more serious, including uterine cancer or fibroids and pelvic inflammatory disease, which is an infection of a woman’s reproductive organs.
These issues can be detected early by alerting your doctor and receiving a physical exam or ultrasound.
- My cycle seems off — what’s going on?
If you’re concerned your period is irregular, begin tracking it on a calendar ahead of your doctor’s appointment. Typically, it’s considered normal for you to miss one or two periods per year (or even more for some women). Common causes range from rapid weight change and stress to the use of certain medications. Your doctor will help you determine what next steps are right for you.
- Are there other options besides pads and tampons?
If you’re frugal and worried about waste, ask your doctor about alternatives to traditional pads and tampons. Reusable menstrual pads like Glad Rags and New Moon Pads are options to discuss, as well as menstrual cups that you suction inside of your vagina to catch your menstrual blood for up to 12 hours. The following are made by women who know exactly what your needs are: DivaCup, Lunette and Mooncup. The latest alternatives are period panties from Knixwear, Dear Kate and THINX. Instead of wearing hygiene products, these panties are designed to absorb blood throughout the day. They’re also washable and reusable.
- Why is my poop so weird during my period?
Going “number two” more frequently during your period is normal. What is alarming, however, is if your stool becomes slimy during your period, as it could mean something is off with your digestive system. Mention this to your doctor so that your gut can be examined, too.
If you’re worried about when to bring up any of these questions, get them off of your chest at the start of the appointment. Let your doctor know what brings you in for a visit today and then tell him or her that you’d like to discuss a few other things too. That way, he or she will know how to best use the time you have – either answering your questions first or deciding to carve out time for a Q&A at the end. The bottom line is: listen to your body and relay those messages to your doctor. You know your body better than anyone. Listen and let the professionals decide what it means for your health.
- Posted by holx-admin
- On May 16, 2016