Five questions to ask during a well-woman visit
Our Austin obgyns want you to know which questions you should ask during a well-woman visit. This appointment is the perfect time for you to talk frankly and openly with our physicians. Clarissa Gutierrez MD says, “It is crucial that a patient feels a good rapport with her gynecologist, as we touch on some very intimate and personal aspects of healthcare. An open and honest dialogue gives us an opportunity to address each patient’s unique needs.”
Five important questions to ask during a well-woman visit
During your annual well-woman visit, nothing is off limits. It’s your appointment, and our Austin obgyns are here to help you. Here are five questions our physicians recommend asking if you are having trouble starting a dialogue:
- What are my birth control options? Your contraceptive needs may change from year to year as you enter different life stages.
- Do I need any additional screening tests based on my family history? Talk to our Austin obgyns about your risk factors for cancer and other illnesses that may be associated with your genetic and family medical history.
- Do you have advice about preparing for pregnancy? Discuss preconception health with our physicians at your well-woman visit and get your pregnancy off to a healthy start.
- How do I perform a breast self-exam? It’s important for you to get to know what your breasts normally look and feel like so you can detect changes.
- Are my periods normal? Ask questions if you are concerned that your periods are too long, too short, too heavy or irregular.
Asking questions helps you act as your own healthcare advocate
Our Austin obgyns encourage you to ask questions during your well-woman visit. The more you know about your health, the more you can advocate for your needs. Dr. Gutierrez explains why she encourages questions, “I want to help women advocate for themselves and be able to recognize worrisome symptoms so that we can detect dangerous conditions as soon as possible.”
If you want to partner with our Austin obgyns, contact us for a well-woman appointment. We are eager to work with you.