A visit to the gynecologist’s office is not the most pleasant thing to do. Most women want to end the appointment as quickly as possible. This is why it’s so important to find a doctor you trust. If you are able to ask one of your doctor’s intimate questions, it should be your gynecologist. So, before saying that “everything is fine” to your doctors’ question “ are any problems”, here are 8 questions you should consider asking.
1. What Side Effects Can My Birth Control Have?
A lot of women quit using birth control pills because of side effects like nausea, mood changes, headaches, breast tenderness, or decreased libido. Those who use copper IUD’s often experience serve menstrual pain and bleeding. Choosing the best birth control option may require a little time, but don’t hesitate if it’s causing you discomfort. Gynecologists know a lot about contraceptives and can help you find one that works best for you.
2. Why Do I Have Urinary or Fecal Leakage?
Urinary or fecal incontinence can be very stressful and significantly decrease the quality of life. Many women may experience these symptoms after childbirth, especially if the baby was large. Menopause may also worsen these symptoms. The doctor may offer you medical or surgical treatment depending on the nature of the incontinence.
3. Why Are My Periods So Heavy?
Every woman has different periods, so it can be hard to understand whether it is normal or not. Heavy bleeding that lasts more than a week is called menorrhagia. Depending on the woman’s age, bleeding may mean your body is preparing for menopause or it might indicate uterine fibroids and other health conditions. The best way to know is to contact a gynecologist specializing in fibroids and other pelvic diseases.
4. Why Is Sex Sometimes Painful?
It is rather important to tell your doctor about painful intercourse. You may feel embarrassed talking about it but your gynecologist will help treat your concerns. Pain during sex can be provoked by many different conditions including infection, insufficient lubrication, endometriosis or thinning of the vaginal walls due to hormonal changes.
If you’re experiencing sexual discomfort try different positions to find a comfortable one. But even if once you found comfortable one it’s still important to visit your gynecologist’s office to describe your problem and undergo all the necessary examination.
5. Why Has My Libido Decreased?
Low libido in a woman is a rather common problem. It’s important to discuss it with your gynecologist to find out the root of the problem. Libido can be affected by several reasons including contraceptives, as mentioned above. It also may be a sign of another underlying disease or a side effect of a known one.
In some women, low libido may be related to the nature of sexuality. The desire to have sex can be impaired by external factors like stress or work. In such cases, your gynecologist can help you naturally increase libido or refer you to an appropriate specialist.
6. Which Vaginal Discharge Is Considered Normal?
When it comes to vaginal discharge it is considered normal to have clear or milky-looking discharge. This is our body’s cleansing mechanism which gets rid of old cells from your organism. However, a change in volume, color or odor may indicate some health problems like bacterial vaginosis, Trichomoniasis or a yeast infection. Be sure to tell your gynecologist about any changes in your discharge.
7. How Can I Determine My Breast Cancer Risk?
Some health professionals use a tool called the Gail model to determine the breast cancer risk for women over the age of 35. It calculates risk based on factors like family history, race, and the age of your first period. There is an online version where you can calculate it on your own. Regardless of your risk level, you must immediately tell your doctor if you notice any symptoms like redness, swelling, nipple discharge or changes in breast size.