When we visit the gynecologistwe should not feel any kind of shame to tell him and ask him what is on our minds. sex education must be conceived as a must during early childhood and adolescence of any woman. Unfortunately, there are still cases of women who do not dare to take the step to share it with their specialist doctor when they suffer from some kind of pain, itching or discomfort that prevent them from leading a normal life. This must change, because it is our intimate health that is at stake.
Belén Gómez, a gynecologist at the Infanta Leonor Hospital, explains that “we must be aware when we visit our family doctor’s clinic, of the importance of sharing everything our body experiences and, more specifically, our vagina. In the consultation there can be no fear or shame. Well, this will be the only way for our doctor to adequately diagnose our condition, treat it with medication or, directly, refer us to a gynecology specialist to address the situation.
For the doctor, “atypical vaginal discharge can be a symptom of a bacterial imbalance, an infection, an STD or, rarely, cervical cancer. It is important to go to the gynecologist to carry out regular check-ups and be able to anticipate any condition”. In the same way, it will always be positive share what happens to us in our intimate area with our mother, friends or coworkers, since by sharing our condition, it will be very likely that the women in our circle can guide us with their experience, in order to find a solution to our vaginal problem. But always, always, we must go to the doctor to make an accurate diagnosis.
When to go to the gynecologist
There is no specific age at which we should make the first gynecological visit. The Spanish Society of Gynecology (SEGO) even advises making the first visit in adolescence, before having sexual intercourse, but the reality is very different: only 54 percent of those under 24 have ever been to the gynecologist, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics. It is advisable to do it when the first menstruation has appeared, which is usually between the ages of 13 and 15.
Even if you feel well -it is a big mistake to think that if we are well we do not have to have regular check-ups-, it is recommended go at least once a year on a routine basis to your gynecologist to carry out the necessary check-ups and tests according to your age and health situation and thus keep possible problems such as uterine cancer or breast cancer under control.
Obviously, if you notice any change in your periods, you have irregular bleeding or outside the period in which you have your period, you feel pain, discomfort, itching or something that is not within the usual, you should always go to your specialist to make a diagnosis. Remember that prevention is always essential for any health issue.
What you should not keep at the gynecologist
In order for a gynecology specialist to be able to carry out his work properly, that is, to diagnose you, you must first of all be honest. Your gynecologist will not judge you for your ailments, neither by your symptoms nor by your sexual habits. If you hide this type of information in the consultation, the only thing you will achieve is to harm yourself, since this makes it difficult for the gynecologist to carry out his diagnostic work.
If you do not share all the information related to your intimate area, it will be impossible for them to evaluate your case as it really deserves. Thus, you must always be sincere in the consultationremove all taboos, and not hide any information related to:
Pregnancies and abortions. The gynecologist should know your medical history if it is the first time you see that doctor. Explain openly if you have had any pregnancy or problems conceiving.
Dates and duration of your last rules. It is important for your doctor to know if you have not had your last period or if you have had any delay in menstruation. Although at first we may think that it could be a pregnancy, there are other factors that can cause your period to stop, ranging from stress at a certain time to a hormonal imbalance that should be controlled.
Sexual practices and habits. The doctor is not there to judge you. Tell him if you had unprotected sex, as some sexually transmitted diseases have no symptoms. It is also good to know if you feel pain during sex or if you have bled at any time during intercourse or if you take any type of contraceptive.
urinary incontinence. This is also important for the doctor to know to recommend what treatment to follow or what steps you should take. You already know, self-diagnosis and self-medication are never good traveling companions when it comes to health.
sexual dysfunction. You may feel discomfort, that you have noticed your libido is low or that you are exhausted to have sex. If it is something that lasts over time, it is a good idea to consult your gynecologist so that he can assess whether it is a sexual dysfunction or not.
pain, itching and inconvenience. It can be a ‘simple’ urine infection that is treated with antibiotics or it can lead to a more serious problem, so any symptoms you have, it is always better to consult your doctor or gynecologist.
The importance of intimate hygiene
Intimate hygiene is key to good health in the case of women. Gomez reminds us that “vaginal douching, except on certain occasions recommended by a gynecologist, are completely unadvised. Under normal conditions, washing the intimate area once a day is recommended. Similarly, you can use any specific gel for that area that “will help you maintain vaginal health and ideal pH levels, since an intimate hygiene gel has a more acidic pH, milder cleansing agents and is also tested under gynecological control.”
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