A gynecologist is a doctor who is specialist (by training) in diagnosing and treating diseases related to the female reproductive system.
On average, 80% of people who visit the gynecology clinic are women aged between 15-45 years. However, regardless of age, most women will require the services of a gynecologist at least once in their lifetime.
What to expect
Although your gynae is a regular medical doctor, the speciality requires some additional details that may not be necessary in other aspects of medical practice. Therefore, you are likely to be asked certain questions that other doctors typically do not ask.
Here are 10 unique questions to expect from your gynecologist
- “What is your last menstrual period?”
Your last menstrual period (LMP) refers to the date your last menses began. If you are planning to visit your gynae, it is important to take note of that date if you haven’t been doing so already.
- “At what age did you first get your period?”
Your first menses is called menarche, and giving your doctor this information is important.
- “When did you have your first sexual intercourse?”
When your gynae asks this question, there is no need to feel embarrassed or scrutinized. Your doctor is not asking out of curiosity; the information has implications for your reproductive health care.
- “Have you ever been pregnant?”
It’s true that you may visit the gynae because of a pelvic infection or other rchallenges that are not strictly related to fertility, however, don’t be surprised when you start getting asked about your pregnancy!
- “Have you ever terminated a pregnancy?”
Your history of voluntary and involuntary pregnancy loss is very important in your wholistic reproductive healthcare. So, feel free to provide every detail when asked.
- “Have you ever/Do you use birth control?”
Even if you are 16 years old, your doctor is likely to ask you about birth control use. Your use of different types of contraceptives is a crucial part of your gynecological evaluation.
- “What do you know about cervical cancer screening?”
Don’t feel like you are being quizzed when you get questions like these. Your doctor simple wants to assess your knowledge of cervical cancer and educate you about it – for your own good.
- “What is your period like?”
It is expected that your gynae will be very interested in knowing the characteristics of your menstrual period – duration, cycle length, presence or absence of pain, volume of flow (heavy, moderate or light). Your menstrual pattern will help your doctor to better understand the state of your reproductive system.
A word from Healthfacts
Many women may feel flustered and embarrassed during their interaction with a gynecologist, but don’t be. Always be truthful to your doctor and bear in mind that every detail you provide is important for your healthcare.