9 Major Signs You Need To Go To The Gyno ASAP

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.

Your Period Is Getting Painful

If your periods have always been painful but manageable, and in the last few months they've been so painful that they're affecting your life, something might be wrong. Cramps that lead to vomiting or being unable to move, headaches that feel more like migraines, and overall serious discomfort might be a sign of something more serious. Pain is a given when it comes to PMS, of course, but if it’s really, really bad, it's worth getting it checked out!

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Your Period Isn't Coming At All

If your period has gone totally MIA, especially if it's been over three months since you last had it, you should call your doctor right away. This could mean a lot of different things. It could be something not so bad (like losing a lot of weight) or something pretty big (like that you're pregnant). I’m not trying to scare you, but your period should not just disappear out of nowhere.

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You Are Having Sex

If you're having sex at ALL, you need to head to the doctor. It's good for them to have a look down there to make sure that everything is okay. Once you start having sex, you open up a world of possibilities for crappy stuff to happen down there: STDs, bacterial infections, UTIs, all that fun stuff. It’s always a good idea to see your gyno when you become sexually active.

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You Are Having Painful Sex

Sex can be fun, but is can also be painful. Painful sex can be caused by a number of things, like vaginismus or even a UTI, which is why it's a good idea to get checked out. If you're feeling pain out of nowhere, or you're feeling sharp pain that is keeping you from feeling pleasure, that's not okay. A doctor might be able to figure out what’s going on.

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You're Itchy Down There

Again, there are a lot of things that can cause itchiness down there. Maybe you're just growing hair, or your clothes are a little too tight. But it could also be a sign of something more serious, like a yeast infection or even an STD. If the itchiness is accompanied by discharge that smells funky or looks off, any kind of pain, or any other weird symptoms, you should definitely talk to a gyno so you can get treated correctly/

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You Had Unprotected Sex

You should of course be avoiding unprotected sex, but hey - mistakes happen. If you end up hooking up with someone without a condom and/or the Pill, you might want to head to the gyno - this is especially true if you haven’t been tested for STDs and you didn’t talk to your partner about it. If you did contract an STD or STI, getting it treated right away is your best bet. Either way, getting tested is a good idea.

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You Have Painful Urination

Do you ever get a burning feeling when you're peeing? That's not fun, right? You need to tell your gyno about that. It can mean anything from an STD to a UTI, and both of those things are reasons to head to the gyno ASAP.

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You Want Birth Control

Maybe there is nothing abnormal about your vagina, but you really want to get on birth control. Good! Don't just decide on something without speaking to your doctor first - there are lots of different options, and they can help you pick what's best for you based on your health. Plus, you can’t get birth control without a prescription anyway!

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You've Never Gone

If you've gotten your period, you should go to the gynecologist. Some people say to wait until you start having sex, but you really should go before then. It's important to know what's happening down there, no matter if you're sexually active or not. I know it might be embarrassing to ask your parents to take you to the gyno, but it's also very important!

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