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What is the best way to tell my OBGYN that I have concerns about my cycle and fertility? I want to be taken seriously even though it will be my first appointment with an OBGYN.
Your cycle health and fertility are something that your doctor should already take seriously without you feeling like you need to convince them of your concerns. If they aren’t, it might be a good idea to find another doctor.
Having said that, here are my top tips for bringing these topics up.
- Have specific examples for why you have these concerns and helpful data ready when you have the appointment. If you have specific symptoms (i.e. heavy or very light bleeding, mood swings, acne, irregular periods, hot flashes), these can be very useful clues.
- Track your symptoms throughout your cycle and the timing of when you bleed every month.
- If there is any family history of subfertility or infertility, or personal history that would make you concerned.
- What is the timing for when you’d ideally like to conceive? That can also be good information for your doctor to know.