Suzi’s Sexy Secrets: 3 Questions You’re Afraid to Ask Your Gyno
Suzi asks Medical “Sexpert” Dr. Lauren Streicher those embarrassing questions you’re too afraid to ask your Gynecologist.
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Urgggggh!!! It’s that time again. The dreaded Gynecologist appointment has been on your calendar forever and you’ve already called to postpone too many times. Well, there’s nothing to be afraid of! It’s just the GYNECOLOGIST! Even though it’s totally embarrassing! You’re forced to strip, lie down on butcher paper with your legs spread apart out in front of you, and talk about your sex life. NOTHING shocks the gyno. However, many women are reluctant to ask the questions they want and NEED answered.
You know those questionable bumps, that mysterious odor and that weird discharge? Well, personally, I’d rather discuss those things with my doc than have my boyfriend tell me, know what I’m saying? Plus, believe it or not, spilling the beans to your doctor can calm your fears and get your problems treated. In fact, if something serious is going on, early diagnosis is CRUCIAL. A survey of 391 women conducted by the Women’s Sexual Health Foundation found that 72 percent of respondents are uncomfortable talking to their Gyno about “the sexy stuff,” and 73 percent would rather die than ask the Doc, “What’s up.”
I’ve asked Dr. Lauren Streicher, assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University’s medical school, to help answer some of the embarrassing questions you might be dying to ask your gynecologist. Here, are a few of the most common questions her patients are asking:
1. “I am recently single and worried about getting an STD. Should I get the HPV vaccine?”
Dr. Streicher says: The HPV vaccine is approved by the FDA for girls and women ages 9 to 26 and is recommended by the CDC, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Academy of Pediatrics. The vaccine protects against the four types of HPV that are responsible for 90 percent of genital warts and 70 percent of cervical cancers. The vaccine is not FDA approved for women over the age of 26, but many studies show that it is beneficial for women in this age group who are exposed to new partners.
The HPV vaccine does not protect women from other STDs – you should still be sure to use a condom.