Have you suffered in silence and not talked about your vaginal dryness, “burning, itching, or lack of lubrication during sexual activity”?
In Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About Vaginal Dryness (or Doing Anything About It)? the NAMS executive director encourages us to report our symptoms:
- Make a list of what you want to discuss
- Discuss the most important or most difficult questions first
- Write down what the doctor tells you
- If there is anything that you don’t understand, ask for clarification
- If you feel embarrassed take along some information with you. It can be difficult to discuss embarrassing problems face to face, but if you find information on the internet about your symptoms you can use this to help explain and avoid having to make eye contact with your GP whilst discussing the problem…”.
Depending on the Source and/or Depending on the Country a GP may be a qualified and registered general practitioner, a medical practitioner, a medical doctor or a doctor.
In Vaginal Atrophy: Diagnosis & Treatment – Preparing for Your Appointment: What To Expect From Your Doctor: the (United States) Mayo Clinic explain:
- What vaginal or urinary symptoms have you noticed?
- How long have you had these symptoms?
- Are you still having menstrual periods?
- How much distress do your symptoms cause you?
- Are you sexually active?
- Do your symptoms limit your sexual activity?
- Have you been treated for cancer?
- Do you use scented soap or bubble bath?
- Do you douche or use feminine hygiene spray?
- What medications, vitamins or other supplements do you take?
- Have you tried any over-the-counter moisturizers or lubricants?”
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