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Do You Lie to Your Doctor?

When I go to the doctor for a check-up, especially when I see my gynecologist for my annual, I always get inundated with personal questions about my health.

How often do you exercise?

Are you in a monogomous relationship?

Do you have protected sex?

Have you ever had sex with someone who was HIV positive?

Do you have pain during sex?

Have you ever had sex with a man who had sex with a man?

How often do you drink alcohol?

Do you smoke cigarettes?

Do you smoke pot?

Do you use any other illegal drugs?

Some of the questions I have no problem answering, but some of them are not for sharing.

What do you think?


andibean85 andibean85 6 years
If we are not being judged then why am I all of a sudden being told that I am depressed (by my PA so I have seen her maybe twice in all my life) and I need anti anxiety pills. My when I went to the doctor for a lagit reason my kids were taken out of the room and I was being told that sometimes, "Women have bad thoughts that something is going to happen sometimes to prepare us for when something bad does happen." She told me this and that she read it somewhere that all women do this. Well if that is true, why are you calling me crazy? This woman has only had 1 kid and has no idea what stress of children means. So I am still dizzy and I am hoping to find out why. I am thinking I need to go to a new doctor and pretend I never had kids or anything just to see what they find. They do come to conclusions sometimes that are unfounded.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 10 years
If it doesn't pertain to my health, I'm not answering. I just leave the form blank and figure that if my doc needs to ask, she will.
SU3 SU3 10 years
I find no reason in lying. Yes, I agree that telling the truth is only going to benefit you and your health... But I also think that sometimes doctors and nurses can tell if you're lying. ;) It's all confidential anyway.
cgmaetc cgmaetc 10 years
I've had rude doctors and I've had caring ones. being honest with your doctor can mean the difference between life and death. I still NEVER lie to my doc, especially my Gyno. Knowing your personal sexual history is vital to him/her maintaining your health. -the ceeg
rubialala rubialala 10 years
You have to tell your doctor the truth.
Midnightkiss4u09 Midnightkiss4u09 10 years
No reason to lie to your doctor.
krisua krisua 10 years
I havent have anything to hide but my BFF just told me about such case when she was too embarassed to admit that she had had another lover.
Beaner Beaner 10 years
The last time I went to the Gyno, she asked if I wanted to get checked for STDS. I said there was no need since I had been with the same person for 2 years. GET THIS!!! - She had the nerve to say, "Well, that's how most women find out their men are cheating on them." Isn't that just awful?!! I switched doctors after that.
purrtykitty purrtykitty 10 years
I don't think it's good to lie to your doctor. They ask those questions for a reason - not just to be intrusive. Your doctor can't treat properly if he/she is working off false or omitted information.
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
I think any lies we tell about ourselves to a Dr., or friend, whomever, really tells you something about the person you want to be. Like if you only exercise 1x a week and you say you exercise 4x a week, that says a lot, etc. I know I'm looking way too into this!
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 10 years
Cr*p, I voted wrong. :nerdgirl: No, I don't lie to my doctor. I also didn't lie when, I was single.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
I lie about my personal life. The Man tells me not to for all the reasons you stated, but I still do sometimes. When I was prego, at my 12 week, I figured I better be as honest as possible and tell the nurse EVERYTHING - including that The Man and I were both heavy pot smokers before I knew. My last gyno appt (two years later) the nurse was like, "This chart says that you and your husband ARE heavy drug users, is that still true?" "OMG, NO!!" I was SOOOOO embarassed. So...being that they RECORD it all, I just keep stuff like that to myself from now on - even stuff about my sex life. What if, like, I get famous and, like, some bitter nurse decides to leak my info and, like, it ruined my image, you know? hahahah.
Beaner Beaner 10 years
I tell my Dr EVERYTHING. It feels good to talk and be honest - it's like therapy!
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Good point - Doctors are only trying to help.
smarler smarler 10 years
Before I quit smoking, I would always lie about how many cigarettes I smoked in an average day when the doctor asked. Stupid, I know. Now that I quit, I guess I don't have to worry about it!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
I figure they need to know that stuff for a reason, so i am honest, even if i don't like having to answer the questions. you know. i wouldn't want them to not run some test because i was embarrassed or feeling defensive. _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
mrsgrillo mrsgrillo 10 years
Doctors are not there to judge, they are there to help you be as healthy as you can be and these questions all are important in determining your overall health and risks. Lying to doctors just seems silly to me. My father in law has to deal with a lot of people sick people at his practice, and who do not tell the truth. It would make his job and their lives much easier if they were just honest.
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
I have never had a doctor I really trust so some of the question that i don't' think really pertain to my health, i don't really share. if i am embarrassed to answer the question it does make me think about why. and that is a great exercise for me.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
I never lie to a doctor.
Dannie037 Dannie037 10 years
The Missus is right...we learn in school not to judge any of our patients. Besides, we see so many patients in one day that we never usually remember everything which is why you have to tell the truth because it gets written on your chart and in your patient history. So please, from a frustrated med student...tell the truth because we're only trying to help!
TheMissus TheMissus 10 years
I know thee questions are really personal... But anything that helps protect your sexual and physical health is worth sharing. Doctors aren't (supposed to be) judging us when they ask these questions. It just gives them a better sense of what we do that may be the cause of some of our problems. And as long as you haven't killed anyone, or hurt anyone, you shouldn't feel worried about sharing personal info with a doctor.
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