8 issues to ask your physician throughout your annual examination


5. Ask about those embarrassing issues you’d rather not…

Everyone has a healthy problem that they prefer not to talk about. These can be incontinence, erection problems, problems with vaginal lubrication, libido, menopause or bowel movements. Whatever the problem; believe me; it’s nothing your doctor hasn’t heard a hundred times before. So put those questions on the table right away. You’ll be relieved you did, and you’ll feel much more in control of your health!

6. Does my lifestyle put me at risk for sexually transmitted infections, should I get tested?

It is unfortunate that many people with an STI have no symptoms and spread the disease unknowingly. If you think you have been exposed to herpes, genital warts, syphilis, HIV, HPV, or others, ask to be tested at your annual checkup so you can start treatment early and avoid prevent your health from further deteriorating due to an undiagnosed STI.

7. Does lack of sleep harm my health?

Lack of sleep can exacerbate existing health problems. For example, it contributes to diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease. If you don’t get 7-8 hours of sleep a night, you put yourself at risk for stress-induced illness, depression, and more. So keep a sleep diary if you have trouble sleeping and bring it with you to your appointment.

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