Some subjects regarding your reproductive health can be awkward to discuss. You may have several questions you’re too embarrassed to ask your gynecologist, but there isn’t any reason to worry. As a doctor who specializes in the health of the female organs, there isn’t anything they haven’t seen; however, it’s normal to be a bit apprehensive about certain topics. To help put your worries to rest, here are the answers to 7 common questions patients aren’t comfortable asking their gynecologist.
1. Can I still see my gynecologist if I am on my period?
Vaginal bleeding isn’t a reason to avoid your appointment, but if you need a pap smear, menstrual blood can sometimes affect the results of the test. Although it’s preferred you don’t have a pap smear while on your period, if it’s that time of the month, there isn’t any reason to be concerned.
2. Should I shave or wax before my visit?
Pubic hair is nothing to worry about unless you have a concerning spot that might be covered by it. You can shave or wax if you prefer, but it won’t affect your appointment.
3. Is my vagina supposed to smell?
Your vagina will always have an odor, but sometimes it can indicate a problem. The vagina is a complex system that has various bacteria and secretions which can be impacted by various factors, like your diet, activity, and even the weather. If you have concerns about the smell, don’t hesitate to ask your gynecologist to rule out any potential complications, like an infection.
4. Is vaginal discharge normal?
Discharge is completely normal; however, the color and consistency are important. It’s typical for your discharge to change with your menstrual cycle and hormone levels, but if there is a strong odor, pain, or itching, there may be a problem that needs to be treated, such as an infection.
5. Why is sex painful for me?
Pain during intercourse can be caused by several issues, like muscle spasms, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, or lack of lubrication. It’s best to address your concerns with your gynecologist to get to the source of your discomfort.
6. Can I have sex while on my period?
Women who have predictable and regular cycles shouldn’t be at risk of pregnancy while on their period. Most cycles range from 28 to 35 days.
7. Why is my libido suddenly low?
Your libido can fluctuate from many factors, like certain medications, life stressors, or illness. Your gynecologist can work with you to identify the cause of your decreased sex drive to provide an appropriate solution.
Your reproductive health isn’t anything to be embarrassed about. Your gynecologist can answer your questions to help you make educated decisions about women’s health issues.
About Dr. Connie Casad
Dr. Casad is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology. With over 30 years of experience, she strives to build personalized relationships with her patients to provide state-of-the-art services. Dr. Casad delivers compassionate care to help her patients feel at ease. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.