Scheduling a yearly health exam is imperative if you wish to take care of your reproductive health.
It is unfortunate to note that some women would choose to skip the yearly reproductive check-ups just to spare themselves from the awkwardness of discussing likely reproductive disorders.
However, bear in mind that your female gynae is the best person you can talk to if you want to keep your reproductive health in tiptop shape.
That being said, never be shy or embarrassed to ask the following questions the next time you have an appointment with your gynecologist.
Why do I leak urine sometimes especially when I cough or sneeze?
Your pelvic muscles control your bladder and bowel movements.
More often than not, incontinence can be caused by weak pelvic floor muscles.
While it’s a common disorder that affects many women, it’s not something you can just ignore.
From new mothers to women who are almost in menopause, women of all ages are susceptible to incontinence.
Fortunately, your doctor would be able to provide you with the best treatment options to stop the leaks.
What about fertility?
Fertility is one of the most common reasons why women visit their female gynae.
Regardless if you’re asking for the best birth control pills, thinking of getting pregnant for the first time, or experiencing the signs and symptoms of menopause, it’s vital that you discuss any fertility concerns with your doctor.
Don’t hesitate to share your plans about starting a family or your worries about menopause.
Ideally, it would be advantageous if you are transparent so your doctor will be able to recommend the best course of action for you to take.
What screening procedures or tests should I need to have this year?
Your female gynae will tell you what tests you need to undergo depending on your sexual history, age, and possible risk factors.
Usually, she would want to know information about your menstrual cycle and other things related to your annual exam. Some screening procedures like mammogram are not recommended until you reach a certain age.
Your doctor however will most likely recommend a Pap test every three years.
How should I check my breasts?
Oftentimes, many women forego breast self-examinations thinking they are trivial. However, regular breast checks are recommended especially for those who are in their mid to late 20s.
Breast cancer can affect anyone. With that in mind, check your breasts regularly. See if there are unusual changes in the appearance of your nipples or if you notice any changes in your breasts in general. Also, don’t forget to check for any presence of lumps.
During an annual exam, your doctor will perform a breast exam. While she’s checking for any abnormalities, you can ask her to teach you how to do breast checks at home so you can do it on a regular basis.
Why does sex hurt sometimes?
Dyspareunia or painful sexual intercourse is yet another common reproductive issue.
Some women believe it’s not something to be worried about.
However, if truth be told, discomfort while having sex can be caused by underlying reproductive system problems such as endometriosis or vaginismus.
Why does it itch “down there?”
Some women believe that the cause of vaginal burning or itching is yeast infections.
In most cases, they tend to self-diagnose and treat the condition by taking over-the-counter drugs. While infection can be the possible culprit, other factors can also contribute to the condition such as allergy to your underwear’s fabric or an allergic reaction to the soap you are using regularly.
In some instances, vaginal itching can also be attributed to menopause.
As the level of your estrogen level drops, the vaginal tissues become drier thereby causing irritation. If the itchiness becomes severe, it would be best to visit your doctor so the condition will be treated accordingly.