The average doctor’s visit is about 15 minutes. In that amount of time, it’s nearly impossible to address all of your health concerns! Going in with a plan and with a list of questions can help you get the most out of your next visit.
1. Are there any tests I should have?
This question prompts your doc to look at any past labs and also helps them quickly think about your current situation and any diagnostics that are appropriate. If you have specific tests in mind, list them out and ask about them specifically.
2. Is there anything I can do to manage “XYZ” about my menstrual cycle, if you still have a cycle?
If you are concerned about your cycle, the amount of flow, pain, PMS, or any other symptoms associated with menstruation, ask!
3. I’m experiencing some discharge/odor/itching/discomfort… is this normal?
It may feel awkward, but you need to know that your doc has heard and seen it all. If you’re concerned about your vagina, you should discuss this with your OB/GYN.
4. What are my options for birth control, if you are still menstruating?
Birth control options can be confusing! Your doctor will help you determine the method that is a good match.
5. My sex drive is low. What can I do about it?
Libido issues can result from a variety of factors. If your sex drive or issues with sex are impacting your life… talk about it! Your doctor will help you get to the bottom of it so you can get back to a more comfortable place.
6. I no longer have a menstrual cycle and am in menopause. When it comes to sex, it feels uncomfortable because it’s very dry down there. What can I do to fix this?
If you have not had a period for 12 months, you are in menopause and the drop in estrogen and progesterone hormones can cause vaginal dryness. There are natural options such as dietary adjustments. Keeping your blood sugar low, taking probiotics, vitamin D3, the herbs black cohosh, dong quoi and red clover are also effective.
If considering any herbs, speak with your doctor and also a reputable herbalist. Herbs can have interactions with certain medications so always check with your doctor first and do your due diligence. Organic virgin coconut oil is a natural lubricant that helps with dryness. There are drug store lubricants but I recommend getting to the root of the issue and possibly doing a hormone test to check what your levels are. The Dutch test is a good at home test you can order online. You can then discuss your results with your doctor or seek out a functional medical doctor who is more well versed in holistic options for a variety of conditions and situations.