how do you I tell my doctor sensitive information without being embarrassed?
I am going to my docs next month for a health update and the fact that he wants to see me. I will be bringing to the table that I think I have IBS now as well. I am writing out my IBS report for my doc so he can see what symptoms I have and what triggers me and all. my doc is male and I am female which is important here because there are some sensitive thing that I need to tell my doc but I am to embarrassed to tell him, even thought he needs to know about it. with the IBS I got constipated a few times really badly and had to use an enema to get rid of the problem and I also used suppositories a few times as well. I know my doc needs to know this so he can help me but I feel embarrassed to him even though he is a doctor and has heard it before I am just still embarrassed. so how do I tell my doc in a not embarrassing way that I have used enemas and suppositories a few times to help with my symptoms?
- MamawidsomLv 71 month agoFavourite answer
Here are some ideas:
1. Realize that your doctor has seen and heard everything, and I mean EVERYTHING. There is nothing that will shock them.
2. Your doctor can treat you effectively if you withhold critical information.
3. You are not there to find a date or get a job, right? This isn't a guy you need to impress. This is a guy whose expertise you need.
4. Write it down and hand him the paper.
5. If you seriously can't speak up in front of this doctor, find a different doctor. Many people has greater embarrassment when talking to a medical professional of the opposite sex. If that is you, find a gastroenterologist who is female.
- Anonymous1 month ago
It is possible to "embarrass yourself to death" by not talking to your doctor. Doctors are required to keep your medical records confidential.
- AnnLv 71 month ago
IBS is a condition that can destroy your digestive system. It is not a sexually transmitted disease, which would in fact, be an embarrassing thing to reveal. You cannot expect your dr., who is a trained medical professional who is familiar with the entire human body, to properly treat you if you don't reveal what is wrong. Believe me, enemas and suppositories are not embarrassing subjects for drs.
- TjLv 71 month ago
You will not shock him, he has heard it all over and over. Maybe you should think about a female doctor if you would be more at ease.
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- JerryLv 61 month ago
If you're saying it here to the world...how can it be embarrassing to tell your Dr.??
- EvaLv 71 month ago
He's seen and heard it all before. Just state it matter-of-factly and be done with it. IBS can be so hard to alleviate. I hope he's able to help you.