Sexual health can be a taboo subject for women. They would prefer to think of only the good things, and not the worrisome or potentially painful aspects of sex. However, sex health should be very important to women since it can be a great indicator as to their general health. It is also something that women should have checked regularly since there are so many problems that can occur “down there.”
Until recently, medicine did not do much with the sexual health of a woman. It was not until recently that medical examinations for that region became common and it was not until recent that open discussions became common place. In the early days of medicine, doctors would “examine” the woman’s sexual organs through their clothing or by descriptions from the women. This lead to the misdiagnosis of medical problems and fear of the woman’s genitals.
Now, medicine has gotten over its shyness and has come to terms with sex, sexuality, and sexual health. Women now are recommended to have PAP smears done every year from the time of puberty. This is done to diagnose cervical cancer at the early stages, rather than when it is too late to be treated. It is also recommended that women do self exams on their breasts once a month to gain an early detection of any type of breast cancer.
Another thing that can be done to help prevent any medical problems with a woman’s genitals is the open discussion with a doctor about the sex life and any irregularities. One’s sex life is important to disclose to a doctor because he or she can inform the woman about any sexually transmitted diseases or other problems that one should be aware of. The doctor can also test the patient incase there has been a shift in partners or if a symptom were to appear. If the doctor is unaware of this information, tests are less likely to be performed. Irregularities are also important to discuss with a doctor since changes can indicate a change in hormone levels, nutrition, or stress levels.