6 Things You Absolutely Cannot Lie To The Gynecologist About
When it comes to appointments that people dread, they don't come much worse than the dentist, unless of course you're headed to the gynecologist.
It's not that it's painful, or comparable to a root canal, but girls who have taken themselves off for a check up will know that it's just a little, well... uncomfortable.
Guys probably wouldn't get it, not unless you pulled on a latex glove and pointed two fingers upwards... that's probably the male equivalent to a trip to the gynecologist.
So, though a little annoying, a trip to the gyno is definitely necessary - and you need to make sure you're honest!
Here are 6 things you definitely cannot lie to your gynecologist about...
#1: The REAL number of sexual partners you've had
A gynocologist is not there to judge you. They're simply there to protect your health and for that they need all of the facts. This number is crucial in determining the the risk of STI exposure, since each person you're exposed to has had their own history of exposure.
#2: If you've had unprotected sex
You might be embarrassed, you might not want to admit it, but if you've had unprotected sex it's vital information that could potentially save your fertility - and your life. Be up front, it's the best thing you could ever do for your health!
#3: If you've ever been pregnant before or terminated a pregnancy
This is crucial, as depending what trimester the pregnancy was terminated, it can effect future fertility and chance of conceiving.
#4: If you've ever had an abnormal pap smear
If you've had an abnormal pap smear in the past, that could potentially shorten your cervix and it may impact a future pregnancy.
#5: About whether you smoke or do drugs
It's important for a doctor to be treating the whole patient, so they need to be made aware of any potential health issues, and need to be sure that the patient isn't under the influence during the appointment, as it means that vital information can be missed.
#6: The gender of all of your sexual partners
Lesbian and bisexual patients often feel as though they're overlooked for risks for STDs. Everyone needs to be screened the same so that that person's health can be better taken care of.