9 Totally Not Weird Questions You Should Ask Your Gynecologist

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Gynecologists reveal the honest questions they want more women to ask their doctors, from discharge colour to condom use

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Questions to ask your gynecologist

When you visit to the gynecologist, you may feel nervous and anxious as you sit in the waiting room. You wonder “Does everything look normal down there?” or “Why do I feel so itchy?” or “Is this much discharge OK?” You be inclined to shy away from these so-called “embarrassing” questions, but it’s important to speak up and tell your gynecologist about these concerns.

For clarity on your vaginal health, take a look at the nine questions you should ask your gynecologist on your visit.

(Also, check out what your doctor wants you to know about cervical cancer.)

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How can I tell if I have a vaginal infection?

“Discharge that is green, dark yellow, or brown and has a foul odour is most often a sign of an infection and should be reported to your gynecologist,” explains Sheeva Talebian, MD, obstetrician-gynecologist (OB-GYN), at CCRM New York and co-founder of Truly-MD. “Most infections are related to sexual intercourse but not always. They can also be caused by a tampon that has been left in too long, a cervical lesion, or poor hygiene. Any change that is not pleasant (in terms of pain, foul smell, colour, or consistency) should be checked out.” Dr. Talebian says.

(Related: Check out the foods your vagina needs you to eat.)

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