Visiting a gynecologist can be intimidating and even frightening for some women. Perhaps not because of the condition or treatment that you think you might have or need, but because of the total lack of privacy.
Your gynecologist in Chicago needs to ask private questions, especially about your sex life, so he or she can do his or her job. Lying or even withholding information will not help you in the long run.
So here are some of the things some women keep from their gynecologist, and why you should not join the bandwagon.
How many people you have slept with or sleeping with
In one case, a married woman took an entire year to tell her gynecologist that she and her husband sleep with a third partner. The reason behind the withdrawal is that the woman did not want her doctor to think badly of her. Withholding this information has consequences, and in some cases, it can be dire.
If your doctor does not know how many sexual partners you really have, he or she will not advise that you undergo screening for any sexually transmitted diseases. And in some cases, the delay could be life-threatening.
You have a drinking problem
Many women think that a glass or two of red wine is reasonable and not worth mentioning. But it matters to your doctor how much you actually drink. What you think is normal could be a red flag in the medical scheme of things.
Some medications can have harsh reactions among people who drink. High intake of alcohol has connections to certain types of cancer. So do not be afraid to tell your doctor the truth. It is not their job to judge you. It is their job to help you.
You are having a problem with the Big O
It is not something to be ashamed of. If you are having a problem reaching the Big O or if you cannot have an orgasm, it is worth mentioning to your doctor for two reasons. First, he or she can help you find a solution to your problem. Second, it might be a sign of another health issue worth screening.
When it comes to your health, you should practice honesty with your doctor, whether it is a gynecologist or not.