Every woman dreads their visits to the gyno. They’re awkward, they’re uncomfortable, and no one ever has any idea what kinds of questions to ask. But you have to make sure to cover these five important questions in order to make sure you’re in the best of health. Feet into the stirrups, please…
1. Is that smell normal?
Every cha-cha has a smell, and there are lots of factors that can impact that smell. But if it gets more pungent over time, it could be a sign of something a little more serious. It might even be an infection. If you have any concerns, be sure to ask your gyno.
2. Is this bleeding normal?
Everyone’s period varies in intensity, but there are certain things that should be brought to your gyno’s attention ASAP. Irregular spotting or an unusually heavy cycle could be a sign of endometriosis. Abnormal bleeding should be brought up with your gynecologist; it might not be serious, but better safe than sorry.
3. Why is sex painful?
Sex isn’t painful for everyone, but it can be for some and there are many reasons why it might hurt. There are options to help prevent pain during sex, but be sure to ask your gyno which would be best for you.
4. Why is my period so painful?
If you’re experiencing lots of pain and discomfort during that time of the month, it might be endometriosis. Lots of people never bring up their severe pain with their gyno because they think it’s “normal.” Any pain should definitely be brought up with your gyno; it might be normal after all, but if it’s endometriosis, early diagnosis is key.
5. Why does PMS make me so moody?
Yes, everyone knows moodiness is a sure sign of PMS, but sometimes PMS can get so bad it starts interfering with day-to-day life. If you think that’s going on with you, talk to your gynecologist. It might be a sign of premenstrual dysphoric disorder.
This is just a short list of what you could be asking your gyno. Remember, your gyno isn’t here to judge you – they’re here to help you. Even if you think a question might be unimportant, ask anyway. You know your body, and your gyno can help you know it even better.