There’s been a question on your mind for ages and you’ve finally worked up the courage to ask your gynaecologist… or have you? If you’ve ever left your doctor’s office with a nagging question still on your mind, you’re not alone.
But it might help you to know that if it bothers you, your gynae wants to know about it – and it’s definitely not the first time he or she will have heard the question.
Here are seven ‘embarrassing’ yet common questions your gynae (probably) gets asked all the time. Go ahead and open up – you’re in a safe space.
1.Do I smell okay?
Every woman has her own unique smell. Sure, maybe you’re simply feeling self-conscious, but there’s also a chance there could be something up down there. Ask your doc and let them check it out, just to make sure everything’s 100% okay.
2.Do I have uneven breasts?
Most women have uneven breasts, but if you’re concerned or you think their shape has changed, this is definitely worth asking your doctor about. Naturally uneven breasts can be altered through surgery, but breasts that become uneven (i.e. lumpy or puckered) could indicate a more serious problem.
3.Does my vagina look normal?
Some women worry that their labia is too long, and your gynae will have seen enough of them to know. In most cases, there’s usually no problem. However, if there is, your doctor will be able to tell you what to do about it. Don’t be shy to ask; they get this question a lot.
4.I’m worried I can’t orgasm
If you’ve never had an orgasm through sex, try achieving one on your own. If that still doesn’t work, chat to your doctor. There are things they can do to help treat anorgasmia (the inability to have an orgasm) so it’s well worth asking.
5.Do I have an STI?
If you have symptoms that are worrying you and you suspect you might have an STI, it’s vital that you overcome any embarrassment and ask. Most STIs can be treated with medication, particularly in the early stages. However, the longer they’re left untreated, the harder they are to manage – and the more damage they can cause. Speak up!
6.I think I taste funny down there.
This is a common concern that many women have, often planted by a partner. Your partner may be right, or they may just not want to go down on you, so it’s definitely worth bringing this up. Your gynae can perform a proper medical examination to make sure you’re healthy down there.
7.Is this discharge normal?
Most women experience vaginal discharge and mostly, this is totally normal. The amount differs from woman to woman, and even changes depending on where you are in your cycle. If you aren’t experiencing pain, itching or odour, you’re probably fine, but if you’re concerned, run this past your gynae. They definitely hear this question a lot!
All your embarrassing questions answered at Marie Stopes
At Marie Stopes, we offer well woman packages specifically aimed at giving you peace of mind about your sexual health. Whatever your question, we’ll answer it with care and in total privacy, plus we can offer you a range of essential health checks to make sure you’re fit and well.