There are things that we tell our Gynos that we wouldn’t tell others about our anatomy, but when it comes to something as important as Endometriosis, we don’t seem to be up front about how we are truly feeling. Don’t be afraid to tell him your concerns. It’s your body, and if you don’t take care of it, who will? Endometriosis is a condition that needs to be diagnosed, as it can lead to cysts, and other complications. Tests for Endometriosis are mostly sonograms and other non-invasive tests. Catching it early helps to find you the right treatment options to manage, and in some cases, even to send it packing.
1. Tell him/her about your cramps.
Tell your Gyno about the frequency, duration, and intensity of your cramps. They need to know where the cramps are. When you have Endometriosis, cramps can seem like they are everywhere. Your Gyno needs specifics. Describe the cramps. Are they an intense pressure? Are they stabbing pains? Do they feel like contractions? These are all important descriptions.
2. Does it hurt during sex?
This may not be something that you are comfortable admitting, but you Gyno needs to know. Painful sex can also be a sign of something more serious, like cysts.
3. Tell him/her about your back pain.
Since Endometriosis brings with it pelvic pain, your Gyno needs to know this as well. Let them know when it starts to hurt and how badly the pain is. You have to describe the pain as well.
4. Tell him/her about your cycle irregularities.
Do you spot between cycles? Do you spot for days before you actually start? How long do you spot? How heavy is your flow? They need to know this as well.
5. Tell him/her what you’re doing/taking.
Any exercises, changes in diet and any OTC medications that you are taking need to be disclosed. This will help your Gyno come up with a plan of action. If they need to run lab tests, you may have to stop taking any supplements for a while so they can get an accurate reading on the tests.
6. Voice your concerns
Treatment options range from birth control pills to, in extreme cases, hysterectomies. Tell your Gyno what you are and are not willing to do.
7. Ask questions
Ask about alternative treatment options, any other things in your diet you can do, and any other recommendations, if you’re not comfortable with conventional treatments. There are licensed Naturopaths that can help you with holistic treatments.
8. Keep an Accurate Cycle Diary.
There are apps to help you track your cycle that include symptoms, spotting days, and other information that you can input to help your Gyno form a history and get a better idea of how to treat the severity of your condition.
Please, be honest, open and up front with you gynecologist. Your health is better not left to chance.
Until next time, God Bless