By Nina Bahadur, August 18, 2020

“If you are able to procure records from other facilities where you were treated, that’s great information for the physician,” says Kecia Gaither, M.D., an ob-gyn in New York City. “Also, have a list of your medications, along with dosages and how long you have been taking it.” You can create a physical binder or virtual dropbox—as simple as a Google Drive or email folder—with your medical records. Keep info about drug allergies, any past hospitalizations or surgeries, and as much detail as possible about existing health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, or mental health conditions. “You also want to find out your gynecological family history,” Perkins says. “Talk to your mom about what her pregnancies were like. Is there anyone in your family who had ovarian cancer, fibroids, or multiple miscarriages?” These can all run in the family, and could be relevant to your care.

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