By: Serena Campbell
Going to see your OB/GYN is not usually a fun experience. You are poked and prodded in places you don’t want to be. It can be an embarrassing experience for many women. Some are so embarrassed that they do not disclose everything that they should to their doctors. There are some common ailments that women are afraid to disclose even though they should:
1. Excess body hair and facial hair – These can be signs that your hormones are out of whack. If you fail to tell your doctor about it you could end up being misdiagnosed. You could also end up on a birth control medication that puts an excess amount of hormones in your system which results in blood clots. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is one of the main causes of excessive hair growth in women because it is a syndrome that comes with a huge hormonal imbalance.
2. Unsafe s*x – If you are not being safe when you are having s*x you need to tell your doctor. It may be embarrassing, but wouldn’t you rather ensure that you don’t have any STDs?
3. Strange odors – If you notice that you have a rather pungent odor coming from down there, don’t cover it up with sprays, and do not use feminine d0uche. This could actually cause more of an infection than you may already have as it washes away the good bacteria that is meant to keep your [email protected] clean and infection free.
4. It hurts to have s*x – If you are experiencing pain you should see a doctor right away. This could be a number of ailment ranging from an infection to fibroids or more serious conditions like cancer. Your doctor will be able to determine the cause with a simple pelvic exam or an ultrasound.
5. You lack natural lubrication – [email protected] dryness can be caused by a number of things. You could have a hormonal imbalance, an infection, or you may be on a medication that has this is a side effect. Unfortunately your partner may think that this means that you are not aroused by them so it’s a good idea to get checked out.
6. Bowel movements hurt – This could be caused by a number of things, but one of the hardest to diagnose is endometriosis. It can cause extremely painful bowel movements among other things. So even though you may not think it is an OB/GYN issue it is still a good idea to talk to your doctor about it, especially if you have other symptoms.
7. No interest in s*x – If you are feeling like you never have an interest in having s*x anymore you may not think of a medical issue as being the cause. This could however be a sign that you have a hormonal imbalance.
8. Previous STDs – Tell your doctor if you have had a previous STD or STI. This could be helpful in diagnosing whatever is ailing you at the moment. It can also give the doctor a starting point when you name your symptoms. Always give a complete medical history when at the doctor’s office.