Gynecology Appointments and IBS
This upcoming week I am due for my annual gynecology appointment and I am a bit apprehensive. The last time I had a gynecologist appointment, I was living in New York City. This time around, I am located in Miami, Florida. So I will be trying out a new doctor that was recommended by a dear friend.
Thankfully, this doctor is young and actually close to my age. My dear friend who recommended her said she is a fabulous doctor and she even treats patients with high-risk pregnancies. This perked my interest since, in addition to IBS, I was also diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, and being that in the future I would like a family this could be a great fit.
Anxiety about the gynecologist
Oh, but having to see the OBGYN with IBS can always be a bit touch and go. I am not naturally an anxious person but being diagnosed with IBS plus Crohn’s Disease, all its horrible physical effects have caused me to experience anxiousness, and nervousness on all levels.
I can’t help but wonder, how will I be feeling the day of my appointment? The earliest opening this doctor had when I called involved a morning appointment – 9 AM to be exact.
I took this appointment because I have fallen behind on staying on track with my OBGYN appointments due to a lack of finding a new doctor. I know, I know, not good. Just a kind reminder, it is SO IMPORTANT for women to see a gynecologist! Get those pap smears, ladies! Okay, PSA over.
Anyways, I would be lying if I didn’t say that this upcoming 9 AM appointment hasn’t had me slightly anxious. As we well know, IBS can be particularly spunky in the mornings.
My usual morning routine with IBS
My morning routine involves a long bathroom visit and if I have to be somewhere at a certain time, this routine can become much longer than it usually is. See, I hate being late to anything so the pressure of being on time can make my symptoms worse.
Back when I used to work a 9-5 job, mornings were the absolute worst. I was often late to work due to IBS because I was unable to get out of the washroom due to urgency. Lately, I don’t have to deal with this because I now work from home and make my own schedule. I have zero pressure in the mornings and it is glorious! I just hope symptoms are calm for this morning appointment so that I don’t have to be rushing and feeling stressed due to unexpected bathroom trips.
Still going to my appointment
In addition, it is always nerve-wracking to sit split eagle in front of a doctor to get your lady-bits checked. Not only that but what if IBS decides to act up then? Then what? Oh dear, the thoughts that can go through your head.
Overall, although I am slightly anxious, I am excited to meet this new doctor and finally, well hopefully, have a local gynecologist that I can depend on and see for years to come. IBS can be unpredictable but it is important to remain optimistic and not let fear overtake you.
I am going to put it out in the atmosphere already, that the morning of my appointment will go smoothly and I will really take a liking to this new doctor. Wish me luck.
How about you? Do you get anxious going to doctor appointments considering IBS symptoms could act up? How do you cope? Comment below, we love to hear from you.
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