Recently, without me even asking, my mom offered to set up an appointment for me to go on birth control (I said yes). I'm super-psyched. I'm not having sex (PIV intercourse that is) and my boyfriend and I aren't planning to have intercourse anytime soon but my periods are super erratic, and this way I will be prepared for when I do want to have types of sex that do pose a pregnancy risk. Plus we are doing things like manual sex, so this way I can be really comfortable after I wash my hands that I'm safe as far as pregnancy risks are concerned (I'm never worried after manual sex anyway, but it can't hurt to be super prepared).
I'm wondering just what sorts of information my doctor will ask for so that I can have it all ready to go before I get there. I'm also wonder what sorts of things will happen during the appointment. I have the complete record of my menstrual cycles right from my very first period, I'll bring this with me.
What other info will my doctor ask for?
Will I need to have a gynecological exam?
If so what will that exam entail?
What sorts of questions should I ask my doctor?
Is there anything else I should know?
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So, like other doctor visits, they'll likely have an intake form where they ask for your medical history, then do basic things like check your blood pressure, etc. You may be given a pregnancy test to make sure you're not pregnant before starting a method, though if you make clear you haven't had that kind of sex, probably not.
Your doctor may or may not want to do a GYN exam. Depending on your age, sexual history and their policies, they might, they might not. If they do, here's how that exam usually goes: Your First Gynecologist Visit.
In terms of what questions to ask, do you know what method you want to use? If not, you can ask the doctor or nurse to tell you about your options and talk you through it so you can do your best to choose the method most likely to work best for you. You can always ask about any possible side effects or extra benefits about methods and how to use them properly.
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