The average annual exam with your OBGYN takes about 20 minutes. That’s not a lot of face-to-face time with your doctor. Add in the potential anxiety or embarrassment you might be feeling and you will realize that you’re being escorted out of the door before you can even ask your first question.
It’s important to know that your doctor isn’t there to judge you—the doctor is there to help you and keep you healthy. Here are four of the most important things you should not keep to yourself when you’re at your annual exam:
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Pain during sex
Pain during sex may be caused by vaginal dryness, so make sure that you’re fully aroused or are using a water-based lubricant before sex. The pain could also be from tenderness of the ovaries before ovulation.
A more serious problem might be from an infection, such as yeast, bacterial vaginosis, or a sexually transmitted disease, so let your doctor know if you are having pain during sex.
Unusual discharge or abdominal pains
Discharge is a natural way the vagina cleans itself and the amount can vary from woman to woman; however, the color, consistency and any other symptoms (itching, odor and discomfort) could also results of an infection.
Pain in the abdomen that is not from menstrual cramps can indicate that there is a problem with the pelvic area of the body. If your menstrual cramps are severely painful, this could be a sign of a serious problem, including endometriosis, ovarian cysts, or even ovarian cancer.
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Having unprotected sex when you were not planning on it is an important topic to bring up with your doctor. You can then be tested for potential STDs and pregnancy.
Unusual bumps on your chest
If there is a small bump or mole on your chest that’s at least the size of an eraser with different colors and has changed in appearance recently, talk to your doctor about it. It could possibly be skin cancer.
If your chest is itchy with a rash or blisters, first try using a soothing moisturizer. If it doesn’t improve within a week, check with your doctor to evaluate for more a serious condition.
Contact an OBGYN in Orlando FL to schedule an appointment or by calling Contemporary Women’s Care at 407-478-6249 (OBGY).