As patients, there are a lot of services and qualities we expect from our gynecologists. We want them to be nice, nonjudgmental, punctual, as well as super – knowledgeable about our nether regions.
But you should also know that our doctors which we would follow some rules as well. In the lines below, gynecologists share the top 7 habits they wish we’d quit. In order to make the most of our visits, heed their advice.
If you dread intercourse more than you look forward to it, ask yourself if it’s because it hurts—and if so, tell your doctor. There are number of possible reasons for painful sex, among which are vaginal infection, constipation, fibroids, endometriosis, and ovarian cysts, all of which your doctor can help you with, explains Michelle Germain, MD, FACOG, an ob-gyn and chief of the division of gynecology at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore.
– Hanging out in sweaty gym clothes
When you are busy and it is tempting you to immediately start dinner, or maybe run a few errands after a sweat session, you should do all of it. Every woman should immediately take off sweaty gym clothes, as yeast tends to grow in warm, moist environments and that can lead to infection. In fact the yeast infection, irritation, redness, and vaginitis are very common problems, so the doctors recommend working out in fabrics that wick away moisture, as well as wearing 100% cotton underwear once you’re finished exercising, as it is more breathable.
– Assuming that heavy menstrual bleeding is normal
Not taking in consideration your age or how close to menopause you think you are, you should get examined if you are soaking through pads or tampons on every 2 hours or you have to rely on dual protection, such as a pad and a tampon, in order to avoid an accident. The average blood loss during an entire menstrual period should be about 80 milliliters or 5 tablespoons, says Kevin J. Lee, MD, FACOG, an ob-gyn at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore. He says:
“There are many medications and minimally invasive surgical options available for women with heavy menstrual bleeding, and nobody should be told to just live with it every month.”
Some of the ways for treating heavy bleeding are hormonal treatment, non – steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (like ibuprofen), and the Mirena IUD.
– Wearing thongs (and even panty liners)
Finally, there is a great excuse to ditch uncomfortable underwear: the doctors say that thongs can pull and rub the skin, in that way causing irritation, and panty liners don’t always allow ventilation.
Without the circulation of the air, the region can become chafed or more susceptible to a yeast infection.
“Remember, the skin in that area is among the most sensitive on the body.”
– Believing everything you read on the internet
Do you constantly search for your symptoms on the internet? Google with caution! Doing some research on some reputable websites such as Mayo Clinic, Medline Plus, and Cleveland Clinic is actually a good place to start, but there is always an office visit required in order to pinpoint an accurate diagnosis. Mistaking a pimple for herpes, a rash for inflammatory breast cancer and normal fatigue for HIV is what you will get when you search for your symptoms on the internet.
– Self – treating what you think is a yeast infection
A lot of women buy over – the – counter medications for yeast infection at the first sign of vaginal discharge or itching as well. But, if it is not actually a yeast infection, doing so will only delay a proper diagnosis and it will also make the symptoms worse in the meantime.
“Vaginal cultures can and should confirm what organism is causing yoursymptoms so the best treatment can be prescribed.”
Some other conditions that mimic a yeast infection include a bacterial infection, latex, spermicide, or other contact allergies, and possibly sexually transmitted infections.
– Answering your cell phone during exams
Yes, this also happens. Arlene Kaelber, MD, an ob-gyn at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York confesses:
“I once had a patient participate in a parent-teacher conference while I was doing her pelvic exam.”
Despite the age of computerized electronic medical records in the exam room, Kaelber still believes the best patient-physician interactions occur with direct eye contact.