How To Have A Stress-Free Experience Getting Your First Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is one of the most important health screenings a person could go through later in life. If you're having one performed for the first time, here are some steps that can help you have a stress-free experience.

Talk to Doctor About When This Test Is Appropriate

You don't want to schedule a colonoscopy any time you feel like it. There are certain situations when it would be appropriate and you want to talk to your primary care physician about these situations. They'll let you know exactly when you should schedule this colon exam, so you don't have any lingering doubts about going through with it.

They may suggest a colonoscopy because of your age, history of colon disease, or current symptoms you're showing. Just let your doctor make this call so that you have a colonoscopy performed at the right time and thus make the most out of the results that come back.

Clear Colon of Food Particles

So that nothing interferes with your first colonoscopy, make sure you clear your colon of food particles. Probably the best way to do this is to take a liquid laxative. It's going to make you use the bathroom a lot before your colon exam, but this is important for having a clear colon to assess. 

Then if there are any abnormalities, a certified colon physician will be able to tell for sure and follow up with additional testing. After you take a laxative product, make sure you don't eat any solid foods until your colonoscopy is completed. 

Give Yourself Time to Recover After Colonoscopy

After your colonoscopy is finished, it's important to give your body some time to adjust. You should be given the chance to wait in an isolated room with a friend or family member. This is important to do because you may be a little groggy, especially if you received sedation that put you under while a scope was moved around in your rectum.

You may be a little sore too, but you just need to take time to collect yourself before heading back home. You can then relax until you hear back about your results. 

If you plan on having your first colonoscopy performed to make sure there aren't any abnormalities with this part of your body, then be sure to prepare accordingly. Simple things like having the right diet and consulting with your doctor can help you deal with this colon exam like a pro.  

To learn more about colonoscopies, contact a local doctor.