When it comes to women's health, it's normal to have many questions. Some of us grew up without being taught the basics, especially regarding what we should expect as we enter different life stages.
And let's be honest, the more curious you are, the more you learn! Having many questions is a good thing, even though sometimes it's normal to feel embarrassed or scared to ask specific questions. We've all been there, but trust us, for those types of questions, there's no one better equipped to answer them than your gyno. Your questions and conversations will remain private, and they will never judge you or think a question is silly 😊
So, if you have any doubts next time you go, ask away! To get started, we've compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions we've always wanted to ask our gynos.
Why do I experience heavy bleeding during my periods?
If this has happened to you, you're probably thinking about all those times you've had to double up on pads, constantly worried about leakage and someone, god forbid, noticing that your clothing is stained. Heavy bleeding is a nightmare 😫
Although heavy periods are common, next time you have your regular check up, double check to confirm that no underlying health issues are causing a heavy flow.
What causes irregular periods?
Your lifestyle has a considerable influence on your periods. Poor diet and added stress can delay your period by several days or even a month. Other reasons may include polycystic ovarian syndrome, but before you start self-diagnosing, talk to your gyno about the frequency of your periods. They might recommend a treatment that can help improve your period regularity.
How do I perform a breast self-exam?
If you're not paying attention to your breasts, you should! It's essential to check your breasts regularly for lumps, bumps, and changes for early breast cancer detection. Your gyno can show you the right way to perform a self-exam, what irregularities to look for, and what changes to expect as you age.
I've been experiencing premenstrual syndrome. How can I tell the difference between what symptoms are usual and which ones are serious?
If your premenstrual syndrome (AKA PMS) is interfering with personal relationships or your ability to perform your daily routine, bring it up with your gyno. PMS shouldn't impact your life drastically.
What's the best way to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?
Barrier methods, such as male or female condoms, and regular STI testing, for yourself and your partners, are great ways to practice safe sex! Being truthful about your sexual health with your partner and gyno can help reduce the risk of transmitting or receiving an STI.
When should I test for STIs?
If you're sexually active, it's important to evaluate with your gyno if and when you should get tested.
What's the best personal hygiene routine?
If you're curious about how often you should clean down there and what products (if any) you should use, ask your gyno! They will tell you how to keep your intimate areas clean and healthy.
What is the most efficient way to treat period cramps?
Simple pain relievers can help reduce discomfort and pain during your period. Other home remedies include a warm bath, heating pad, or a hot water bottle. Lifestyle choices include exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding salt, sugar, caffeine, and alcohol.
What can I do about vaginal dryness?
Vaginal dryness is a common symptom for women as they age and go through menopause since hormone levels change. Your gyno can recommend treatments to help with the dryness.
How can I prepare for menopause?
The process of menopause does not happen overnight, but being aware and kind to your body as your body begins to change is the best way to welcome this new life stage.
Speaking with your gyno about the symptoms you're currently experiencing can help predict when you'll transition into menopause and what signs you should expect.
How do I prevent bladder leaks?
Urinary incontinence, also known as bladder leaks, is when a person leaks urine unintentionally—which is more likely to occur as a woman ages. Luckily, bladder leaks can be cured or controlled, so if this is happening to you, book a visit to your gyno, and they can help guide you through the necessary steps.
Am I healthy?
The whole point of having regular checkups is ensuring that you're healthy, so sometimes you need confirmation that everything is functioning normally.
Your gyno should not only be checking aspects of your reproductive health, but they should also be evaluating other areas of your health, like your mental well-being.
Being able to check off all the boxes, and confirm that you're healthy, can be a great feeling and help put your mind at ease 🤗