As patients, there are a number of services and qualities we expect from our gynecologists.
We want them to be nice, nonjudgmental, punctual, and super-knowledgeable about our nether regions. But, you know what? Our doctors wish we’d followed some rules too.
Below, gynecologists share the top 7 habits they wish we’d quit. 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.
Painful sex could be caused by a number of possible reasons, among which are vaginal infection, constipation, fibroids, endometriosis, and ovarian cysts, all of which your doc can help 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 You’re busy, and it’s tempting to immediately start dinner or run a few errands after a sweat session—but don’t do it. Women should immediately take off sweaty gym clothes because yeast tends to grow in warm, moist environments and can lead to infection.
In fact, yeast infections, irritation, redness, and vaginitis are very common and doctors recommend working out in fabrics that wick away moisture and wearing 100% cotton underwear once you’re finished exercising—it’s more breathable.Continue…