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Things You Didn't Realize You Should Tell Your Gynecologist

by Stephen Silva

Many women schedule their annual OBGYN visit for their routine check and then don't think about it until they're due again next year. Unfortunately, dismissing your gynecological care this way can lead to tolerating symptoms that you shouldn't have to deal with, overlooking early indications of potential problems, and so much more. Here are some of the many things that you should discuss with your gynecologist, even if you don't think they're significant.

Irregularities In Your Cycle

Sometimes, you dismiss irregularities as just "normal" for you, but that doesn't mean that you have to deal with those symptoms. Whether you're struggling with severe water retention, intolerable mood swings, or heavy, persistent bleeding that lasts for over a week, those things are not typical, and you don't have to live with them. If you tell your gynecologist about what you're experiencing, they can help you with treatments that target those particular challenges. In fact, if you notice any of these symptoms developing at any time, even if they aren't "typical" for you, it's important to tell your gynecologist.

Unpleasant Odors

Vaginal odors can be embarrassing, and they can lead you to try everything to cover up the smell, but many people don't think to reach out to their gynecologist for help. That's an important element because your gynecologist can help you get to the bottom of the source of the odor. When you treat the source, you can eliminate the odor. Sometimes, vaginal odors are the result of bacterial infections, which can be easily treated. In other cases, it may be a forgotten tampon or something of that nature causing the odor. In either situation, it's important to have your doctor address it so that you don't risk any worsening issues.

Pain During Sex

One thing that many women don't realize is that sex shouldn't be painful. If you're noticing pain and discomfort with penetration during sex, that's something that's worth mentioning to your gynecologist. Whether it's due to poor lubrication, hormonal imbalance, or even fibroids, pain during and after sex shouldn't be a persistent problem. Your gynecologist can help you assess the situation and address it for your own well-being.

These are some of the things that women often don't think to discuss with their gynecologists. There's no need to suffer from discomfort or embarrassing odors. Talk with your gynecologist today about these and any other unusual or uncomfortable symptoms.