Before You Head to the Gynocologist Make Sure You Know These Things

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downloadBy: Krystle Crossman

How much do you really know about your lady parts? If someone were to point out a specific part on a poster, would you know what that part of your anatomy is? You may be thinking that everyone knows what their anatomy looks like, but you would be wrong. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists created a survey to see just how much women knew about their private parts and the results were pretty shocking. They found that many women didn’t know the names of the different parts that made up the anatomy and even fewer had ever actually looked at theirs in a mirror.

Many women go to the gynecologist but they just let the doctor do their work and unless something is wrong they go home and forget about it. Once or twice a year though you should give yourself a quick exam down there to make sure everything looks okay. It is good to be educated on certain problems that women may have in relation to their private parts as well. Here are some common problems:

1. STDs – At one point or another in her life almost every single woman who is s*xually active will get HPV. Most forms of HPV are treatable when caught early but there is no cure.

2. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) – This disease is extremely hard to diagnose because there are no “common” symptoms that are specific to PCOS. Some of the symptoms include acne, cramps, irregular periods, infertility, and hair loss (on your head) or hair growth (facial and chest hair). Even after diagnosis there is very little that can be done to treat it. It is a hormone imbalance that throws your entire body out of alignment.

3. Infertility – One in ten couples have trouble getting pregnant. Those numbers grow higher when the couples are older. If you have gone six months or more actively trying to conceive and have had no luck it may be time to see a doctor.

4. Endometriosis – Over 176 million women are afflicted with endometriosis. One of the biggest symptoms is intense cramping during your period. When you have it your periods may seem strange because the lining is not being discarded, but instead moves upwards in the body.

5. Fibroids – These little tissue masses are not harmful to your health and are often left in the body unless they become too big. They can range in size from the size of a football to a microscopic piece of tissue. They can cause cramping and irregular bleeding.

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