8 Things to Tell Your Gynecologist
When visiting your gynecologist, things can really start to go awkward, especially once your legs are up those stirrups. You may feel embarrassed but you should prioritize on the things that you need to tell your gyne:
- The number of sexual partners you have had. This may sound really private, but hey, your gynecologist has a lot of private matters to deal with you.
- If you have had even one unprotected sex. Regardless if you are not feeling any symptoms, pointing out that you have had unprotected sex can help your doctor decide if you will need extra tests because of the increased risk for STDs.
- If you don’t orgasm. Your gynecologist can help you with this issue and may possibly trace other underlying conditions.
- If you have bled after intercourse occasionally. Having rough sex may result in bleeding, but if the bleeding happens a couple of times more, you need to inform your doctor.
- Your period has suddenly become irregular. Irregularities in your period should be discussed with your doctor even if you are quite sure you’re not pregnant. Changes in cycle and flow can be due to many things, including an infection, cyst, or hormonal imbalance.
- If intercourse is painful. Pain during intercourse is not normal. Tell your doctor if sex is becoming painful. This may be caused by vaginal dryness or by uterine prolapse
- If you have been abused, sexually. The emotional burden can be very overwhelming, but you have to tell your doctor about it since there is a high risk for STDs and other problems.
- You have a funky-smelling discharge. Usually, a funky smell can only mean pH imbalance or infection, but it may also mean a piece of tampon may be left inside you. If you notice changes in odor, other than what you normally smell or even more off than your period odor, consult your doctor.