How should be your preparation before visiting a doctor’s chamber? Do you know the right answers regarding your physical problem, on which the doctor may ask questions? Do you have necessary documents?
Many a times while coming out of a doctor’s chamber, it appears in your mind that you could not provide the doctor with proper information about your problem, or you could not ask the right question about the disease.
But if you get prepared before visiting the doctor, you might have had a better conversation. It also becomes convenient for the doctor to identify your disease and provide you with the proper treatment — both the patient and the doctor can get mental satisfaction.
We can categorise the problems of women in two different types, with which they generally visit Gynaecology and Obstetrics department. Except the pregnancy, the other problems of the reproductive organs are irregular menstruation, tumour, cancer, infection, infertility etc.
The characteristic of a disease largely depends on the patient’s age and marital status. For example, irregular menstruation is common in young age and the risk of cancer is greater in old age. If you visit a doctor regarding the complications of irregular menstruation, you should know the answers of some questions like the duration of the complication, details about menstrual cycle, if the cycle is associated with abdominal pain, when was the last menstruation etc.
Many women suffer from abdomen pain. Before visiting a doctor, you should get some points very clear, e.g. exact position of the pain, duration, if the pain is felt suddenly or there is mild pain for a few days, severity of the pain, if the pain is felt always or sometimes, does the pain remain in one part or it spreads to the other parts of the body, if the pain has any relation with menstruation, sexual or physical activities, food intake, urination or evacuation of bowel etc.
Sometimes you may feel some lumps in the abdomen. You should try to remember for how many days you are feeling this lump. Is it slowly getting bigger in size? Is there any pain and does it have any relation with the menstruation?
Many a times you may feel that something is coming to the outer side from the vaginal path. In this case, you should inform the doctor about: you are feeling this for how many days, the number of your children, if there was any problem during child delivery, method of child delivered normally or cesarean section etc. Besides these problems, if there is any complication in urination or evacuation of bowel; if you have any problem regarding cough, constipation or asthma; if you still have menstrual cycle or have you experienced menopause etc.
If there is any bleeding after you experienced menopause, you should visit a doctor and inform.
If any couple is staying together for one year and fails to conceive a child after trying for it, they should consult a doctor. Inform the doctor if you have a history of abortion earlier, any problem in sexual activities, your birth control method, any major operation in the abdomen, any medicine being used on regular basis and so on.
Besides, you should not forget to inform your doctor certain things. They include any operation earlier, if you required blood transfusion at that time; if you smoke or drink alcohol; if you have known allergy to any medicine; if you or any of your family members got diabetes or high blood pressure; if you take any medicine or steroid regularly? Married patients should also mention a gynaecologist if she experienced abortion or ectopic pregnancy earlier.
Before entering the doctor’s chamber, a woman should urinate and evacuate the bowel properly. Otherwise the doctor may face difficulty during physical check up. Many a times the correct identification of disease gets hindered due to this matter.