If you're like most women, a trip to gynecologist isn't exactly your idea of a good time. But if you're not feeling your best "down there," you've got to get yourself to the dreaded place with the cold stirrups. Our friends at Health.com have compiled a list of the top signs it's time for you to schedule a visit.
6 Things You Must Tell Your Gynecologist
Unusual discharge and/or pain
You could have an STD, like chlamydia, herpes, or gonorrhea.
Unexpected or heavy bleeding
You could have fibroids or hormonal issues that need to be discussed.
You think you're pregnant
You'll need extra tests and a prenatal-vitamin prescription, or to discuss your options.
You've had unprotected sex
You need to be checked for STDs or possible pregnancy.
Persistent bloating, with pelvic pressure and pain
Individually, these can be symptoms of many things. But when they occur together consistently for two weeks or more and feel worse than routine tummy trouble, they may be signs of ovarian cancer.
Severe menstrual pain You could have endometriosis, a common, treatable condition in which uterine tissue is found outside the uterus.
If sex hurts
You may have vulvodynia, which is pain in the vulva or entrance to the vagina.