Visiting the gynecologist can be a bit embarrassing and uncomfortable. When your doctor asks you if anything has been wrong or if you have any questions, it can be tempting to say "no" just so you can get the appointment over with. However, this appointment is a good opportunity to ensure your health needs are addressed. Here are five symptoms and details you should absolutely share with your gynecologist.
Bleeding After Sex
Bleeding after sex once in a while may not be a big deal, but if this is a regular or semi-regular occurrence for you, your gynecologist should know. Bleeding after sex can be a sign of dryness, which could indicate a hormone imbalance. There are hormone supplements and creams your gynecologist can recommend to make sex more comfortable, but you're unlikely to be prescribed them if you don't say anything.
Women often figure that as long as they are getting their period, everything is okay. But if your period has been appearing at odd intervals, this can also indicate a problem like hormone imbalances or uterine cysts. These problems can impact your fertility if they are not addressed promptly, so it's important to make your gynecologist aware.
Remember that your gynecologist will not judge you. If you have had unprotected sex -- even just once -- since your last appointment, make sure you bring this up. Your women's health physician will then be able to test you for the relevant STDs to ensure you are safe. Note that not all STDs show obvious symptoms at first, so testing is the best way to find out your status.
You may assume mood swings are a problem best discussed with your psychologist, and sometimes this is the case. But since mood swings can also be impacted by estrogen and progesterone levels, your gynecologist should know about them, too. If you are on birth control, switching to a different pill or method my help ease your mood swings.
Have you noticed an unpleasant or odd odor coming from your intimate area? You know what odors are normal for you, so you are more sensitive to changes in odor than anyone else. If your odor has changed, this could indicate a bacterial or fungal infection -- both of which your gynecologist can treat you for.
Be open and honest with your gynecologist, and share the problems above for better care.