Periodic consultations with a gynecologist are essential for women, especially with regard to sex life and even health in general. But not everyone is comfortable or comfortable talking openly about certain issues with their doctors.
Some subjects can really be embarrassing. Still, it is necessary to encourage yourself and ask or talk about it, whether in relation to sexual practice, the appearance of the vagina or any other topic, with the certainty that you will have the answers from reliable and professional sources.
Doctors themselves say that patients need not be ashamed, as there is probably nothing that gynecologists have not heard or find embarrassing to talk about. And, knowing the habits and doubts of each one, makes the consultation and follow-up even better. Check out 11 questions you shouldn’t be ashamed to ask at the time of the appointment:
1. “Is my vagina normal?”
There is no normal pattern for the vagina and one does not look like the other. These differences range from lip size to clitoral prominence and skin tone. It is very likely that only the person himself perceives what he says is different. But, in any case, it is important to ask so that, if there is a problem in vaginal health, the doctor can clarify.
2. “What is this irritation?”
Some skin irritations can happen in the vagina or groin area, but there’s no need to panic. There are different reasons for this to happen, such as the method used for hair removal, contact with clothing tags, among others. It can be from folliculitis, or even warts, to herpes. The important thing is to pay attention whenever something comes up and see if it’s bothering you, if it hurts, if it looks like something unusual.
3. “What to do when there is a lot of sweat in the vagina?”
Doctors clarify that it is common to confuse natural vaginal discharge with real sweat, which can happen around the pelvic region. If it is really excessive sweating, it may be a case of truncal hyperhidrosis, which must be treated with topical medication or injections, such as Botox.
4. “Why do I have a vaginal discharge?”
Vaginal discharge, according to experts, is a normal part of reproductive health. But in some cases, it can indicate more serious problems, especially if it’s causing pain, itching, or discomfort. If it looks like “white cottage cheese” or has a fishy odor, especially after sex, it could be an infection. That’s why it’s necessary to do specific exams, to be sure what it’s about and take care of it correctly.
5. “Is it normal to have an odor in the vagina?”
Yup. It’s normal and you don’t need to worry. Especially during the menstrual period or after practicing intense physical activities, this odor can arise. But, if you have the characteristics mentioned in the previous item, it is a case of looking for a doctor to evaluate better.
6. “Is it normal to urinate when I’m laughing a lot or coughing?”
Many women report having a leak in their urine when they are laughing or coughing too much. This is common in women who have recently given birth, but it can also happen to women without children. If it bothers you, talk to your doctor. If it happens too often or in more quantity, it could be a sign of urinary incontinence, caused by problems in the muscles that support the bladder.
7. “Why do I feel pain during sexual intercourse?”
Never be afraid to talk to your gynecologist about pain during sex, as intercourse should be pleasurable, not painful. Assessing what is happening is essential to identify the cause – which can be infection, lack of lubrication, psychological reasons, among others – and thus find a solution and make sex a more comfortable time.
8. “Why do I have trouble reaching orgasm?”
This difficulty is nothing to be ashamed of. The situation is more common than you might think and, according to research, one in three women cannot reach orgasm in sexual intercourse. This is due to a number of factors, some physical and some psychological. If it happens to you, feel free to talk to your doctor and get it resolved as soon as possible.
9. “How do I know whether to use lubricant or not?”
If you feel that your vagina does not lubricate during sex, it is important that you use lubricants, as this will prevent the vaginal area from being bruised. Doctors say that simpler, water-based lubricants are best. Another tip is to choose one that has flavor or that gives a warming sensation, as they will help even more at the time of sex.
10. “How do I know if I have an STD?”
Many women ask how they can identify a sexually transmitted disease (STD) in themselves. But only a professional can make a correct diagnosis, as there are not always visible changes in the body. That’s why it’s important to know each person’s sexual history and make a laboratory evaluation. It is also worth remembering that the use of condoms is essential for the protection of women and their partners.
11. “Can I have sex during pregnancy?”
In general, yes. But everything will depend on whether or not there are problems that prevent the practice. Asking your doctor this is the best way to make sure you’re not harming your pregnancy or your baby. If he says it’s all right, go ahead and have fun!
Even when dealing with very personal matters, there is no reason to feel embarrassed or to give up asking. Doctors are used to hearing these kinds of questions and aim to help patients, always.
The information contained on this page is for informational purposes only. They do not replace the advice and follow-up of doctors, nutritionists, psychologists, physical education professionals and other specialists.
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