Something as personal and intimate as your vaginal health can be challenging to discuss, even with your doctor. However, skipping important questions can leave you at a higher risk of developing preventable conditions. Having an open and honest conversation with your doctor is paramount to make sure your vaginal health is in check. Make sure on your next appointment you ask these GR8 questions.
Questions about Your Period
For many women, periods are an unpleasant time. Most of these women are surprised to know that the most common symptoms of getting a period can be preventable or treated. Next time you visit your OBGYN ask these period-related questions:
- Is it normal that my bowel movements increase during my period?
- Why are my periods so different?
- Can I get pregnant during my period?
- Are irregular periods regular?
- Should I get worried if my periods are usually heavy?
- I experience pain during my periods. Is that normal?
- I’m over 50. Why am I still getting my periods?
- I got my period twice this month. Is something wrong?
- How can I know the difference between a normal PMS and a needs attention one?
- How does my birth control method affect my period?
Questions about Your Vaginal Health
The vagina is quite complicated. There’s so much that affects its health that even the slightest change in pH levels can have significant consequences. Every time you visit your doctor, you should ask about different vaginal discharges, odors, and sensations. All these things can signal an imbalance that might need treatment. Next time, ask about these:
- What’s considered “normal” when it comes to vaginal discharge?
- I’ve noticed swelling bumps down there, should I be worried?
- I’m having mild troubles with urinary leakage, is it normal?
- Should I be doing Kegel exercises?
- Why do I feel pressure in my vagina and pelvis?
- Are douches safe?
- Does my vagina look normal?
- Should I be worried about itching down there?
- Will my vagina return to normal after having a child?
- What are some habits that might affect my vaginal health?
Questions about Your Sexual Health
Finally, your vaginal health directly affects your sexual health. Asking questions related to your sexual health shouldn’t be taboo. The more questions you ask, the more attention you can pay to your overall wellbeing. Don’t feel shy to ask these questions:
- Why does it sometimes (or always) hurt when I have sex?
- How many times should I check for STDs or other infections?
- Why do I have low libido? Is it normal?
- What are my birth control options?
- How can I choose the right lubricant?
- Why can’t I orgasm? How do I know if I did?
- What’s considered a healthy sexual life?
- Is it safe to practice sex while pregnant or during my period?
- Is it normal to bleed after sex?
- What age is too young for menopause?
A Note from GR8NESS
Undoubtedly, this list includes only a fraction of the questions you might have about your vaginal health. Make sure to find a doctor you feel comfortable asking as many questions as you might have. Your relationship with your OBGYN should be close, almost like talking to your best friend. Always ask any doubts or alarming signs you might notice as these little things can be symptoms of something bigger happening.