As women, we know the feeling of being dismissed all too well.
And one of the most frustrating places this happens is at the doctor’s office. We show up with a legitimate concern and yet, somehow, the doctor’s response is always a “wait and see” attitude. We are told it’s “just hormones” or that it’s “in our head” before our symptoms can even be properly evaluated.
It’s frustrating and disheartening to feel like our health concerns are being minimized or overlooked. We know our bodies better than anyone else and if something feels off, it’s our responsibility to speak up. It’s time for us to stop being brushed aside and start getting the care we deserve.
Here are some tips to make sure you are being heard:
- Write down your symptoms & questions ahead of time
Having a plan for your appointment can help you stay focused and make sure you don’t forget anything. Jot down a list of all your symptoms and any questions you have so you don’t forget to discuss them with the doctor.
- Bring a friend or family member
Having a support system in the doctor’s office can be extremely helpful. Having someone else in the room to take notes and chime in with questions can help make sure all your concerns and questions are addressed.
- Ask questions
Don’t be afraid to ask questions if there’s something you don’t understand. Your doctor should be more than willing to answer any questions you have and explain things in more detail
- Speak up
Don’t be afraid to speak up if you don’t feel like your concerns are being taken seriously. Ask questions and make sure you understand what the doctor is saying. Don’t be afraid to challenge their diagnosis or suggest further testing if you don’t feel like it’s enough.
If you still feel your symptoms are being disregarded or you are not confident in the diagnosis, ask the doctor to share any research or publications to help further educate you on their findings. Also, don’t hesitate to seek out a second opinion. At the end of the day, your health is in your hands, so make sure you’re getting the care you deserve.
So the next time you’re at the doctor’s office, don’t be afraid to advocate for yourself. Make sure your voice is heard and that your concerns are taken seriously. After all, it’s your health and you deserve to be listened to.