I have a love-hate relationship with doctors. While I can’t stand spending time with them for long for fear that they would tell me shocking things about my health, I acknowledge the fact that they more often than not, the health updates I get from them give me peace of mind. I am seeing my ob-gyne tomorrow for my annual check-up. I still remember the first time I went to her, I was very afraid she’ll tell me something dreadful that would scare the hell out of me. Fortunately, nothing like that happened. I learned my reproductive system is okay.
If this is your first time to have a check up with an ob-gyne, I suggest you take it easy and remain calm as possible. Most, if not all, of them, don’t bite. Haha. Based on my experience, she’d ask you first to communicate your reproductive health concerns (irregular menstruation, low progesterone symptoms, possibility of infection, etc.) with her. She’d answer each of them based on her knowledge as doctor. Then she’ll ask you questions regarding your menstrual period, sexual activity and the likes. Next would be the physical exam. She’d discuss its results with you and ask if you have more questions. After all this, getting a pap smear test is optional but is highly recommended. Here in Manila, the price of a pap smear test can go anywhere from P700 to P1,000.
When was your last visit to your ob-gyne?