Doctors know a lot, but they can’t know everything about you the moment you walk in the door. When you visit an OB/GYN for the first time, it’s essential to make sure that they are aware of your medical history. Why should you tell your OBGYN about your preexisting conditions?
- Provides Clues to Potential Symptoms or Problems
If you are experiencing a problem or unexplained symptom, knowing your background can help. Something may have changed in a preexisting condition. The sooner your doctor knows about that condition, the better equipped they will be to provide treatment.
- Makes Them Aware of the Medications You Take
Some medications are not meant to be taken with others or could cause side effects. When discussing preexisting conditions, you can let your gynecologist know about any medications you are taking to manage them.
- Invaluable Information During a Medical Emergency
Medical history is invaluable information during an emergency. Your doctor can make faster decisions if they know about preexisting conditions in high-risk situations. Discussing it now could save your life later.
- Allows Your Doctor to Effectively Use Your Examination Time
Doctors only have so much time to spend with a patient during an examination. Letting them know about preexisting conditions will allow them to use that time effectively. It can help you get a diagnosis faster or help avoid unnecessary tests that reveal things you already know.
Patients should provide all preexisting condition information they have when visiting their OBGYN. That also includes conditions that aren’t directly related to reproductive health as well as allergies. Coordinated care is key to providing the best care. Contact Women’s Health today to schedule an appointment.