Do you dread your annual exam? Do you have questions but are too embarrassed to ask your OB/GYN? Please don’t be embarassed! If you have concerns about your health please ask your healthcare professional. Doctors may seem like strangers, but they have one job – to help you.
Tips for a Successful Exam:
Bring up anything awkward or uncomfortable right away. Try saying,“This is embarrassing for me, but I have a question…”
Bring a list of everything you want to ask! Maybe you have one important question or a couple! Just write it down on a piece of paper and bring it with you. Worst case scenario, if you’re too nervous or uncomfortable to verbally ask then show him or her the list.
Bring the dates of your last 6 periods. Your OB/GYN will ask you when your last period was and if there are any other concerns you bring up having that information handy will help.
Be honest with your doctor. when they ask about sexual history and current sexual health, be honest. It’ll help you figure out any health concerns you have and help your doctor see your entire health picture.
Visit your OB/GYN once a year. Make it a priority! Annual exams help with prevention and can take care of any medical questions or concerns right away.
Remember! Your doctor is an unbiased professional whose goal is to help you. If you feel you’re being judged or not helped because of personal views then it’s time to switch doctors!
General Female Health:
Do I Smell Funny Down there?
Many women worry about this and it’s usually not a problem. Don’t worry, your OB/GYN won’t stick their head down there and inhale deeply. He or she will just keep alert while performing your pelvic exam.
Is Vaginal Itching Normal?
Vaginal itchiness can be caused by many different factors including; tight pants, wearing damp clothes, or a sensitivity to soap. However, if you notice chronic itchiness or you’ve had that pesky itchy sensation for more than a week at a time it could be a bacterial infection or yeast infection. Just ask your doc.
Why Don’t I Want to Have Sex?
This may seem like the most embarassing question. Trust me, pain during sex occurs for almost all women at some point in their sexual lives. From stress, to medications, to relationship issues, lack of libido is actually pretty normal. Take a second and talk to your doctor. He or she may ask some questions to see if they can find the cause, even if it’s not a medical issue.
Why Does Sex Hurt?
Painful intercourse, or dyspareunia, is not just physically painful but it can also incur emotional issues. There are many reasons why you are experiencing pain during sex, but most can only be diagnosed and treated by a doctor. Bring it up during your appointment. We’re here to listen to you and help.
Can I Be Tested for (STD)?
If there’s a possibility you might have an STD, it’s important you bring that up during your annual exam. Chlamydia and syphilis are the two most common STDs and both might not show any symptoms. Bringing up your sexual history to a stranger may seem awkward, but you’re talking with an unbiased professional. Get tested. You (and your doctor) will feel much better.
How Much Discharge is Normal?
There is no “normal” amount of vaginal discharge. It really varies from woman to woman. However, if you notice a difference in your discharge then it’s a good idea to check with your doctor as a difference in discharge could signify an infection.
Self-Exams to Check for Breast Cancer?
There is still confusion on whether or not women should be performing self-exams to protect themselves against breast cancer. Just ask your doctor about it. They’ll show you how to properly perform a self-exam. More importantly, you can talk about your breast cancer risk factors and other preventive measures.
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