If you have a vagina, odds are good that you have no clue what’s going on down there. Okay, maybe you have idea of what’s happening down there, but there is also a lot you might not know. You know who DOES know everything about vaginas? Not dudes, of course, but a gynecologist. I know, that’s a terrifying word for a terrifying place, but it’s also an essential part of having a vag.
The first time I went to the gynecologist, I was 16 and scared out of my MIND. I’ve heard about all of the weird tools they put you-know-where and all of the horrible things that can happen to vaginas. But, once I went, I was relieved to actually meet someone who would help ease all of my anxieties about, you know, down there. Even if you have been before, the gyno can be a scary place, but it’s also a place that you should be visiting if something feels “off” with your vagina. You don’t want to wait it out, you really should go to the gynecologist if you think you need to. If you don’t know if you need to, check out these nine major signs that you should make an appointment right away.