Everyone has at one time or another dealt with embarrassing health concerns and complaints such as constipation, intimate itching, excess gas and other issues they would rather not discuss over coffee with their best friend. But how should you describe embarrassing symptoms at the doctor’s?
Take a Deep Breath and Relax
Mustering up the courage to make it to a doctor’s appointment is half the battle. But once you get there, it can be difficult disclosing your most embarrassing symptoms to the doctor.
Start off by taking a few deep breaths and calming your nerves while you pick your words. Remember that anything you say will stay between you and the doctor. The doctor is bound by their duty of care and confidentiality rules to keep your visit private. That is why you should not be afraid to speak your mind and describe your embarrassing symptoms in as much detail as possible.
Doctors Have Seen and Heard it All
Disclosing embarrassing health symptoms to a friend can result in peals of laughter, but a doctor will act professionally, regardless of what is ailing you. Try to keep that in mind as you disclose your symptoms. Most doctors, who have been practicing for many years, will have seen and heard it all, so do not allow your initial embarrassment hold you back from telling the doctor as much as you can about your symptoms.
Mention Where the Trouble is Occurring
Doctors can perform wonderful feats, but they are not mind readers, which is why you need to elaborate and mention where the trouble is occurring. Just telling the doctor you have found a “lump” does not tell them very much at all. Is the lump in your breast, on your anus or your vagina? Has it been oozing blood or other fluids? If so, for how long? Be as specific as you can about where the trouble is occurring and if it is accompanied by any pain, itching or stinging.
Allow the Doctor to Perform a Physical Examination
It is important to allow the doctor to perform a physical examination so that he can determine what is wrong. Further tests may need to be performed after the initial examination, along with x-rays or a biopsy. You will need to comply with these simple requests so that the doctor can get to the root cause of your embarrassing health symptoms and treat you accordingly.
Embarrassing health symptoms often hold people back from seeking needed medical attention. However, ignoring such symptoms can prove detrimental to your health, which is why you should take steps to overcome your embarrassment and make an appointment to see the doctor.