Informing yourself will be the key to improving your quality of life, do not be left with the doubt, because that could bring you serious complications in the future.
From adolescence, women must attend the gynecologist’s office at least once a year to carry out the pertinent controls. But, even if we know that our doctor is serious and professional in her work, we are human beings and we are invaded by modesty when faced with certain questions. Think, have you been left with any doubts because of the shame of not asking your gynecologist “that”?
Fear or modesty should not be an impediment to inform us in a correct and timely manner in the medical office. It is true that many women have a certain resentment when it comes to consulting certain specific topics; and it is not for less, the body is something very intimate and we grew up in a culture where everything related to sexuality is taboo. However, there are some issues that should always be reported. The more information we handle, the better we can take care of the health of our body.
According to Dr. Elena Carreras, president of the Catalan Society of Medical Sciences of Catalonia, Spain, and according to the newspaper La Vanguardia, it is not only about the modesty of the patients, but often the same professionals are the ones who do not give the kick-start to ask about certain topics. Carreras emphasizes the importance of giving useful data to the doctor, since these can help to provide a correct diagnosis. “It has to be a bilateral effort. It is a cultural change that we must go through together, although it is not easy, “she says.
In fact, many times this information tool should come from state governments, in order to make women aware of the importance of getting informed and going to the gynecologist. In the Mexican city of Hermosillo, Sonora, its municipal president, Manuel Maloro Acosta, has implemented in recent years the ” Doctor in your neighborhood ” program, which helps thousands of women to obtain the answers they seek, as well as to enjoy of a public and quality service, with free and periodic examinations and check-ups.
The questions you always wanted to ask
Your doctor is not going to listen to something they have not heard before, much less be surprised or mocked by your question. But if you still don’t feel confident, you can look for a professional with whom you feel completely confident. Remember that good communication between the patient and their doctor is essential. In the meantime, check out how many of these questions you never ask your doctor out of modesty:
1. Is it normal for it to smell like this down there?
Asking this question can make more than one woman red, and even more so if your gynecologist is a man. However, it is an important question, because although the genital area of the woman has a particular odor, the doctor can inform you if the odor is due to an infection or vaginosis.
2. I have genital herpes, can I pass it on to my partner?
Genital herpes is commonly associated with promiscuity, which is why this question is often avoided, as no one wants to be called unfaithful. According to the US National Library of Medicine, genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the herpes simplex virus, a virus that remains in the body forever. Certain medications will help alleviate flare-ups and decrease symptoms. Never stop asking about this.
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3. Can you prescribe a lubricant for me?
Vaginal dryness affects thousands of women, and it happens due to a decrease in estrogens. Some women experience vaginal dryness after giving birth or while breastfeeding, and it is often experienced by women entering menopause.
4. Is it wrong if I have intimate relationships during my period?
This is a very personal issue. If both in the couple feel comfortable and you do not feel modesty or annoyance, it should not represent a major problem. However, although one of the advantages is that there are minimal chances of a pregnancy, the couple runs other risks, such as contracting sexually transmitted diseases.
5. My vulva is itchy, will I have fungus?
You should not feel shy if you manifest itching in your genital area. One of the causes may be bacterial vaginosis, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is a common vaginal infection in women ages 15 to 44. Some of its symptoms are whitish and thick vaginal discharge, odor, pain, itching or burning in the vagina.
6. When can I get pregnant?
Yes, your doctor can identify which days you are most fertile to conceive.
7. Is it normal to have too much flow?
One of the questions you should ask your gynecologist is about the color, quantity and density of vaginal discharge, since depending on the stage you are in in your cycle, your discharge will be seen in one way or another. According to the Sanitas site, the excess secretion of the vaginal discharge is called leucorrhoea, and it may be due to simply physiological factors or to a specific problem, such as an infection.
8. Is my body normal?
In recent years some women have focused their attention on the importance of size. However, their size does not play a role in conception. The shape and size of the vaginal lips will depend on each woman in particular, but when they are larger than normal, they can be uncomfortable during the intimate act.
9. Can I wax the area completely?
Culture and fashion have imposed in recent decades that women should wax, as a canon of beauty. In any case, hair removal in the intimate area must be done very carefully so as not to run the risk of burns, cuts and infections.
Information is the tool
The doctors are there to help us. They have studied to save lives, we should not be ashamed to ask them about our innermost doubts. Women, especially, must fully advise ourselves on issues such as breast cancer, cervical cancer, preventive care, pre and post-natal check-ups, menopausal symptoms, and so on. Never stay in doubt and get the relevant check-ups every year at the nearest health center.
Access to health should be a priority in all governments of the world, in order to ensure the population an optimal quality of life. In Hermosillo, Sonora, the ” Doctor in your neighborhood ” plan is a program for all citizens to carry out preventive and necessary controls that guarantee access to health. Maloro Acosta achieved, with the implementation of this program, that more than 27 thousand people already enjoy a decent health service and free medicines.