National Women’s Health Week kicked off on Mother’s Day. Today the folks over at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are encouraging women to get to the doctor’s office with National Women’s Checkup Day.  Hitting the doctor’s office can be a bit intimidating for anyone. Many times the physicians have a set amount of time they can spend with patients, and you so you end up feeling rushed. There are also those times where you just aren’t sure what to ask or you assume that your doctor knows best. Whether you get your check-up or schedule your appoint an appointment today, check out the CDC’s recommendations for a smooth visit:

1. Review your family history
Do you have a history of diabetes in your family? Who in your family has had cancer? Have any of the women in your family had to deal with fibroids? These are all things you should know and be able to discuss with your doctor. The more you know, the more your doctor will be able to help you.

2. Find out if you are due for any general screenings or vaccinations
If you aren’t sure where to begin, try this chart that lists screenings and immunizations that women should have based on age.

3. Write down list of issues and questions to take with you
It’s easy to draw a blank once the MD enters the white room. The best thing to do is get all of your questions together beforehand. Grab a pen and pad or your trusty smartphone and jot down everything you want to know and what you’d like to get out of your appointment.

4. Think about the long-term
Are you thinking about starting weight loss plan? Are you in family planning mode? Be ready to discuss your goals and future with the doc.

Checkout the official site for National Women’s Health Week for more tools and resources.

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