Dr. Danielle Forshee, Psy.D., speaks to elite daily regarding White Coat Syndrome and why people tend to get nervous at the doctor
White Coat Syndrome, Forshee explains, is when someone has a fear of visiting the doctor. Depending on how severe of a fear, it can cause people to not only feel anxiety, but it could reflect in their physical health as well by causing “an increase in blood pressure,” and feelings of dizziness and nausea. “With the gynecologist,” she says, “ this is likely heightened to some due to the private nature of that area of our body and topic of conversation.”
Just because it’s normal to feel nervous before a gynecologist visit, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do your best to calm those nerves. After all, you go to the gynecologist to make sure you’re in good health, so it’s important that you feel comfortable making and keeping these appointments in order to stay on top of whatever might be going down down there. If you feel uncomfortable going to the gyno, here are a few strategies to ease your anxiety ASAP.
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