When it comes to health, it can be hard to know what’s considered to be normal and what may be a sign of a possible health problem. Even if you feel embarrassed about some issues, your Arizona gynecologist has seen and heard it all and is there to help you, not to pass judgment.
Here are six things you should always discuss with your gynecologist.
1. Menstruation symptoms: For many women, getting your period is an unpleasant experience because of cramps, breast soreness, and headaches. But for some women, the pain goes beyond cramps and can be very severe. If your periods are extremely painful or have been worsening over time, it can be a sign of uterine fibroids or endometriosis.
2. Vaginal odor: While vaginal odor can be an awkward topic, it’s important to talk to your Arizona gynecologist if there is a fishy or foul smell, or if there’s a change from your normal smell that seems to be lasting longer than a few days. It may be a sign of vaginal infection or bacterial overgrowth.
3. Bumps: Noticing a growth in your vagina or around your labia can troublesome. Bumps are often benign, but it’s important to have your doctor perform an examination when you feel something.
4. Sexual discomfort: It’s very important to discuss sexual discomfort with your doctor. You may be uncomfortable bringing it up, but your gynecologist can help explain and treat your concerns.
Many women experience vaginal dryness during intercourse, which can often be dependent on a woman’s age and mitigating factors in her life. And women often worry that their gynecologist is judging them if they ask how many sexual partners they’ve had, how old they were when they first had intercourse, if they’ve had any STDs, or about gender identity and sexual orientation. These topics are important and need to be discussed.
5. Urinary or fecal incontinence: This can be very stressful and take a toll on your quality of life. Many women will experience these symptoms following childbirth, particularly if they had a large baby or a vaginal delivery requiring a vacuum or forceps. Depending on the nature of the incontinence, there may be surgical or medical management options available.
6. Low libido: While having a low libido is more common than many women realize, it’s important to speak with your Arizona gynecologist to determine the cause of your concern. Libido can sometimes be affected by medications you take, or it may be a sign of an underlying medical condition or a side effect of a known condition. In these situations, your gynecologist can determine what medical interventions may be necessary.
You don’t have to be embarrassed to discuss these or any other topics with your Arizona gynecologist. They really have seen and heard it all! If you have any concerns regarding your health, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.