Talking to your gynecologist may be one of the most personal discussions you will have with a healthcare provider. This is one of the reasons that women need to find the right match in gynecologists to be able to have these conversations.
Talking about differences or irregularities noted in your menstrual cycle and in your female reproductive tract will be important. This includes discomfort, pain or changes in your body that you may not always associate with your reproductive health but that can easily be related to changes in hormone levels.
Sudden Mood Changes
Sudden mood changes at any time of the month, particularly as you age, may be a sign of changes in the levels of estrogen produced in the body. As lower levels of estrogen can be related to bone density problems it is important for your gynecologist to be aware of the issues you are experiencing.
While this may be very difficult to talk about, if you have had unprotected sex with a partner other than a spouse or if you think your spouse may have had unprotected sex with another partner talk to your OBGYN. Early testing for STDs can result in much less risk of long term fertility issues and complications for both women and men.
Changes in Menstruation
When menstruation is irregular, if there is spotting or bleeding between periods or if you have extremely heavy flow be sure to talk to your OBGYN. While this may not be serious, they can also be signs of other health conditions. Even if they are not linked to something more serious, your gynecologist will be able to provide medications and treatment options to lessen the discomfort or pain you are experiencing.
Additionally, gynecologists can help women with the best options in birth control or in family planning. They are also the first resources for women who are trying to get pregnant in helping with check-ups, diet, and recommendations for increased fertility.