It is not just about being heard; it demands your active listening. Talking with your doctor entails a heart-to-heart connection where you are able to open up your concerns to him or her and then creating room in your heart to receive guidance, suggestions, tips, and guidelines from you’re the expert on the other side of the table.
The doctor is not only useful when you are unable to take control of your health as you struggle with the disease that proves to be life-threatening. As a healthy man or woman, you are expected to, from time to time, make visits to your doctor's office on matters that are important to your health. Your ability to talk cordially as well as meaningfully with your doctor goes a long way to getting you good medical care and overall well-being.
Doctors are sworn to an oath to protect your interest including keeping the information you relay to them confidential unless such a piece of information puts you and the people you care about at the risk of getting them badly hurt.
Regarding matters relating to sexually transmitted diseases, it is essential to establish a relationship with your doctor which, in turn, enables you to ask questions and to tell him or her what your thoughts are about your health condition. Your doctor needs to know that you are healthy, or getting healthy, and doing what is right to keep you protected from STDs.
There are so many topics that you can talk to your doctor about. Here are a few among the horde of topics surrounding STDs:
- Changes In/On Your Body
It is an established fact that some STDs, at their earliest stage of infection, do not show any symptom. However, that is no excuse for personal negligence. At one point or the other in your life, subtle changes can be noticed if the person is sexually active.
Apart from being sexually active, certain unexpected exposures to risks make it a necessity to call on your doctor, most especially if you lost a part of your wellness to such incidents. Those changes, usually, are not quite pleasant. For instance, the occasional feeling of tiredness, sudden outbreak of bumps or rashes on the genitals that do not look like they are going anywhere, bleeding after every sexual intercourse, fever that persists after medication, slight change in your monthly period, discharge from your genitals that has an abnormal color or smell, etc.
All these are changes that should zap you into getting an appointment with your doctor. They are worth being discussed and your doctor will be ever willing to dispel any fear of something fatal. Early detection of an STD is a lifesaver. Do not neglect subtle changes you notice about your body.
- Risk Of Getting An STD
STDs are making the rounds on news sites, blogs, and hospital reception rooms; name it. They are so real that it seems as though they are waiting to invade your body following any careless move. You are afraid and rightly so because the consequences of contracting an STD are dire.
Of a truth, many are at a high risk of getting an STD, others are quite fortunate to be called low-risk persons. Be that as it may, you do not know where you fall into between the two categories.
In any case, turning your thoughts over by yourself before the monitor's screen may not be the best to keep you confident about your sex life. Your doctor is a ready confidant who you can discuss your risk of getting an STD with. You may be required to give him or her a concise summary of your sexual life and behavioral lifestyle like places you have traveled to, family history, etc.
It is true that the early detection of an STD makes its treatment more effective. Beside noticeable symptoms, getting tested helps in the detection of an STD that hardly shows symptoms. Being sexually active is a criterion for discussing with your doctor about the ideal screening method and frequency. With the advocacy for routine testing making the rounds, the convenience of using a home test kit should be brought into the discussion – including its limitations.
If you are to be treated for a sexually transmitted disease, you should discuss with your doctor the outcome of a prescribed treatment plan, the period of time it will last, and the lifestyle changes that should be made in order to make the treatment an effective one. Most importantly, you should be able to express discomforts and adverse drug reactions felt while taking a treatment for a sexually transmitted disease.
Talking with your doctor is profitable. It should not be a scary thing to do. Your doctor has been trained for you, and for your health. Make the most use of their availability and professionalism.