No one particularly loves going to the OB-GYN. Depending on your own comfort level, it can feel awkward at best and terrifying at worst. That said, regular visits to your OB-GYN are an absolute necessity. While becoming buddy buddy with your doc may not be your first priority, there are a few things you can do to make your appointments (and your doctor-patient relationship) go as smoothly as possible – like avoiding these things that can frustrate your OB-GYN.
It's completely normal to feel nervous at your appointment. After all, it's not everyday that we get spread eagle in some stirrups and discuss the most intimate details of our sex lives. However, it's crucial to remember that OB-GYNs are solely here to help. "The vast majority of individuals go into our specialty because we feel like it's a calling. We've gone through many years of training and spent many nights away from our families so that we can be there for you when you need us," Dr. Erin Duncan Topel, OB-GYN, tells Romper. "Please trust that we have your best interest in heart and that we are here to help and not judge." By viewing your doctor as an ally and invaluable resource, you can avoid some of these habits altogether.