5 Ways To Make Your Next Ob-Gyn Appointment A Little Less Terrible
It goes without saying that you'd like the office to feel friendly and welcoming—but it's OK to leave if you don't. "Shop around for a doctor that makes you feel more positive about the experience," Lewin says. That might mean asking around for a friend or family member's recommendation or even peeking at decor in a waiting room. "Impersonal, sterile environments don't feel as friendly," Lewin adds. (And watch out for these red flags at the gynecologist's office.)
If you know you're typically in legit pain at the appointment or afterward, it's totally OK to plan ahead. "Take a little ibuprofen before you go," Lewin says. "That might help make the exam a little less painful."
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Vaginal dryness certainly doesn't improve visits to the ob-gyn. While hormone therapy has to be an individual woman's decision along with her doctor, estrogen that's used only in the vagina is considered very safe, even for women with a history of cancer, Lewin says, for whom oral estrogen is typically not recommended.
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