We understand that visiting the gynecologist can elicit some anxiety for many young women, but there is no need to be embarrassed around your OB/GYN! We have heard it all, seen it all, and discussed it all. We are here to help you in any way possible. 

Below is a list of 5 questions you should never be embarrassed to ask your OB/GYN.

1.    What’s that smell? Have you noticed an unusual odor coming from down there? Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to bring that up to us! There are several reasons that can contribute to vaginal odor including diet, sexual activity, allergies, and hygiene. Vaginal odor can be benign or it can be a sign of a bacterial infection; therefore, it is always important to let us know and get it checked out. 

2.    Can I have birth control? This question seems so straightforward for many women; however, for others this can be a very uncomfortable topic to bring up. While we live in a society that is more opened to sex before marriage, some women have been raised to believe that sex is frowned upon before marriage. For these women, asking for birth control can be a huge step. It’s important for you to be honest with your OB/GYN about your sexual history, so we can discuss all of your birth control options in order to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

3.    Why does sex hurt? There are several reasons why sex can be uncomfortable. Sometimes it is simply a lubrication issue. Making sure you are using a good quality lubricant is very important! Other causes for discomfort can include anatomical issues such as a vaginal septum or retained hymenal tissue, vaginal infections, anxiety, certain positions, and much more. If sex is causing you pain or discomfort, let us know!

4.    Does my    ___    look weird? No two females are the exact same. With that being said, some women may feel like something is wrong with them because their anatomical parts seem bigger, smaller, darker, lighter, mismatched, etc. compared to others. If you are concerned about something, bring it up to your OB/GYN and we can work together to resolve it!

5. Can I have STD testing? This is a question that you should NEVER be embarrassed to ask your OB/GYN. We are not here to judge you in any way! Whatever the reason may be….. the condom broke, you didn’t use a condom, you had a couple of “wild nights'', your significant other has been sleeping with another women…….we want to make sure you are as safe and as healthy as possible.

We understand that it may be awkward to talk about some of these topics, but I am here to tell you there is no need to feel ashamed or embarrassed! If you are concerned about something, make an appointment with us and we can work together to help you! 

Taylore Passero PA-C

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