Intimate conversations and personal questions often come up with close friends, but you should also feel comfortable having exchanges like these with your gynecologist. Reproductive health education in the United States is often limited, and there are plenty of people who don’t get all of their gynecological questions answered until well into adulthood. This means that having an open and honest relationship with your healthcare provider is every bit as important as just attending an appointment in the first place.
During pregnancy, having this kind of trust in your OB/GYN is critical, because pregnancy can bring out any number of unexpected and difficult-to-talk-about symptoms.
Advantia can help you find the right OB/GYN
Advantia makes it easy to find and access quality medical care, including finding OB/GYNs in your area using the locator tool on the Advantia website, and connecting you with specialists using the digital health assistant tool (which you can also access by texting “Advantia” to 77570). All Advantia healthcare providers are part of a high-quality, curated group, which means that by searching through Advantia, you’re ensuring that each of the providers you find has the potential to be a perfect match.
Ask for referrals
Referrals aren’t always just a hoop to jump through in order to seek the care you want. Sometimes a referral is a great way to find a healthcare provider you feel comfortable with. If there’s a nurse you feel especially relaxed around, or you had an especially good experience with a dermatologist once, that person might be able to point you in the direction of a provider to connect with.
Arrive with questions
It’s common to want to talk about any concerns you have about your health, but get distracted in the moment and forget to ask when you’re with your provider. Some questions might seem important, but you may feel uncomfortable asking them. Making a list of questions ahead of time to move through and check off is a great way to make sure you get to have the conversations you need. And you’ll know you’re working with the right provider for you if you’re comfortable having those conversations with your OB/GYN.
If you don’t already have an OB/GYN, or are looking to make a switch, Advantia’s website and tools can help you do just that. Tap the button below to connect with the health assistant tool.