How to Prepare to Discuss Birth Control With Your Doctor

During your doctor visit, you will likely have a gynecological examination. You can prepare for it by taking the following steps outlined in this patient education guide.

  • Avoid douching for 48 hours
  • Avoid sexual intercourse for 48 hours
  • Avoid use of vaginal creams for at least two days
  • Wear comfortable clothing that can easily be changed.

Your doctor will also discuss several aspects of your medical history. Be prepared for this consultation by preparing the following:

  • Family history
  • Significant past medical history
  • Past contraceptive history and any side effects experienced
  • Allergies
  • Any lab results in possession from the last year


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