Sex isn’t always the most comfortable topic of conversation. But, when it comes to your sexual health, your OB GYN is ready to listen. Even if your concern seems small, it doesn’t hurt to bring it up at your next visit.
Because many factors affect your sexual health, getting expert advice is essential. From medical conditions to changes in sex habits, your doctor can help keep you well through every stage of life.
Pain during sexual intercourse is a common concern. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology estimates as many as 75% of women will experience pain during sex at some point in their lives.
Some causes, like vaginal dryness or an infection, may have a straightforward solution. Others, like endometriosis or uterine fibroids, may need more advanced care. Either way, be sure to let your OB GYN know about your concerns. He or she can help you find the cause and provide you with treatment options.
Changes in your feelings about sex
If you’re having trouble enjoying sex like you once did, it may be time to talk to your OB GYN. While sex drive is a complex topic, your change in feelings about sex could have an underlying cause. Many medical conditions affect your sex drive, as well as some medications.
According to the Hormone Health Network, hormonal changes during menopause are also a common cause of low sex drive. Finally, factors such as long-term stress, relationship issues, or mental health conditions could be to blame. Your doctor can rule out any gynecologic-related causes and refer you to additional care resources if needed.
Birth control options
If you’re sexually active but not planning a pregnancy, your OB GYN can help you choose the right birth control option for you. The American Academy of Family Physicians says you’ll want to consider how frequently you’ll need to manage your birth control option. Some options require action on your part every time you have sex, while others provide long-term solutions.
You’ll also want to consider your age, health conditions, future family plans, effectiveness, and risk factors. Your birth control choice may change as you move through different life stages.
Sexually transmitted infections
It’s important to know your body and the signs that something might be off. However, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) don’t always create symptoms. At your next appointment, ask your OB GYN about screenings for STIs.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says testing guidelines depend on your specific health and lifestyle. Based on these factors, your OB GYN can help you prevent and treat STIs before they seriously affect your health.
Changes in partners or sexual activity
If you have a new partner or have started to engage in new sexual behaviors, let your OB GYN know. These changes in sexual activity may affect your risk for certain conditions. You may also need different screenings or a change in birth control options.
The details you share with your OB GYN about your sexual health are confidential. And he or she has experience caring for women with a variety of lifestyles and sexual health choices. So be open about your sexual history, partners, and activity. In the end, it will help you get more personalized, quality care.