Most people go to the doctor for a checkup about once a year or whenever they are sick. This approach is perfectly fine and will work well for most people. However, if you want to be extra responsible, there are a few other situations in which it is worth scheduling another doctor's visit.
You are thinking about becoming pregnant
Many women become pregnant and then schedule a visit with their OBGYN. But if you are planning on trying to conceive, it's not a bad idea to check in with your doctor first. You could see your primary care physician or your OBGYN for this. They can run basic blood work, make sure your heart is healthy, and make sure that getting pregnant is a safe choice for you.
You are about to get a more physical job
If you are been working at a desk for a long time and are about to move into a more physical career, it is a good idea to see a doctor. They can tell you whether there are any developing joint, muscle, or heart problems you should be on the lookout for as you increase your activity levels. They may also give you some advice to follow to reduce the risk of soreness and injuries as you transition into more physically demanding work.
You are going to participate in sports or start going to the gym
As a child, you probably had sports physicals before you were allowed to participate in sports at school. It is a good idea to schedule something similar if you are an adult who is about to join a sport or start working out more seriously. The doctor will make sure your heart and lungs are healthy enough for the sport you want to participate in. They will look over your joints, keep an eye on your health, and more.
You are going to travel overseas
If you are planning a trip to a foreign country, it is a smart idea to see your doctor beforehand. They may recommend a few extra vaccinations to protect you from illnesses that are more common in the country you are visiting.
If you are ever in doubt as to whether you should see a doctor, you can always make an appointment. It is better to have a visit just in case than to wish, later on, that you had scheduled one.Share