Things you Need to be Telling Your OB/GYN


Your OB/GYN isn’t just there to give you your annual exam and birth your babies. Gynecologists are generally underutilized and are trained to treat a wide variety of conditions unique to women. There are plenty of health conditions that your OB/GYN can treat, so never be embarrassed to talk to them about anything that’s bothering you.


A Sinking Sex Drive

Don’t think it’s just age that’s making you less passionate than you used to be. A low libido is a prime sign of a hormonal problem. Your gynecologist can run a variety of blood work to see if you need a boost in your testosterone or estrogen or if there’s a problem with your thyroid.

If there’s no physical reason, you might be suffering from depression. These are all things your OB/GYN is perfectly capable and willing to treat. Menopausal women are best advised to seek the advice of your gynecologist because they already know your medical history and the current hormone replacement therapy you’re already on.

Bleeding After Sex

If you think this is something you can just let slide, you’re wrong. Your gynecologist can do a thorough pelvic exam to see if there are physical reasons why you might be experiencing pain or bleeding after being intimate. Cervical dysplasia is a possibility if you’ve had multiple sexual partners, sex before 18, or a past history of STDs. It means your cervix has precancerous changes in its epithelial cells and usually requires cryosurgery to remove them.

Cervical polyps can also cause irritation and bleeding and require a painless removal. Because most of the reasons for post-coital bleeding have to do with a physical change in the cervix or vagina, your gynecologist is the best person to discuss this particular problem with.

Problems with Urination

You don’t have to get a referral to a urologist if you’re suffering from urinary incontinence! It’s usually related to pelvic floor problems where the tissues that are supposed to support the pelvic organs can become damaged or weakened over time, usually because of childbirth or aging.

According to Everyday Health magazine, if you’re leaking urine while you laugh, cough, sneeze, or exercise, your gynecologist can recommend exercises or even surgical options to treat your incontinence. There are also a variety of medications, including hormones, to treat incontinence if necessary.

Skin Conditions

There are plenty of skin conditions that are caused by fluctuating hormones. Acne is a big one. The biggest cause of acne in women is usually hormones and it’s brought on by the start of their period. Another skin condition that’s treated by an OB/GYN is lichen sclerosis. It usually starts after menopause and affects the vulvar region. White spots appear on the vulva and grow into large patches that can blister. Over time, the skin becomes more fragile and tears easily.

This can be diagnosed in the office upon visual examination but might require biopsies. According to Dr. Thomas at Dallas Obstetrics and Gynecology, It can be treated by an OB/GYN experienced in the condition and it’s treated with strong steroid creams or immune suppressing drugs.

It doesn’t matter whether you think your condition can be treated by an OB/GYN or not, you could be hiding a condition that could easily be treated by your trusted doctor. Don’t be afraid to mention anything that seems off to your gynecologist.

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  1. I was talking to my sister the other day, and she was telling me that her skin has been terrible lately. She has no idea why, but she has been breaking out with acne. Like you said though, if this is to happen, it is important to go and see a gynecologist. I’ll definitely let her know about this, and see if they will be able to help my sister out.

  2. I really like how you said that there are certain things we should always be telling our gynecologist. Like a sinking sex drive because this can result in a low libido hormonal problem. I started having this issue and I thought it was because of my age. Thanks for sharing this article because now I know I should let my doctor know about it.

  3. I have an eternal battle with birth control! Birth control is so important for the sake of right timing when starting a family but I hate all the side effects it gives me. I feel like my hormones have tripled since taking birth control, and I’ve also tried different dozes and different methods. Any tips?

  4. I didn’t know that you should be telling your OB/GYN about skin conditions. Specifically, you talk about how it doesn’t matter if the condition can be treated by the OB/GYN or not– you should still be telling them about it because they can help direct you in the right direction. I’ll definitely keep this in mind and be more open with my doctor. Thanks for the help!

  5. I wish I had read this before my first gynecology appointment! I, too, always forgot what questions I wanted to ask once I got in the office, only to remember them once it was too late. I like your advice to know your body; it kind of goes with the writing down questions to ask. If you know what problems you’ve been having, you can write them down and let your gynecologist know so they can better give you the treatment you need. I need to be better about doing that so my gynecologist can know exactly what’s going on with me!

  6. My cousin is going to her first OBGYN visit and wants to be prepared. Thanks for the information about how if you have bad acne it could be a sign of unbalanced hormones brought on by your period. Another thing to consider is to get an OBGYN that you like and are comfortable with. Then you will be more open with them and the problems your are having.

  7. My brother is getting divorced and the situation is quite messy, so I’m taking custody of my niece. I’ve never had a daughter or kids, so it’s good to know a little bit about her health. I’m supposed to take her to the gynecologist this week.


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