A trip to the gynaecologist can strike fear into the heart of even the most confident woman.
It can be a little bit anxiety-inducing to think about what’s going on down there and whether you need to seek help.
Luckily, Mamamia spoke to Dr. Joseph Sgroi, a Melbourne based obstetrician, fertility specialist and gynaecologist about what women most commonly see their gynaecologist for and what to expect during your appointment.
“We’ve seen it all before,” Dr Sgroi said. “We’re medical professionals and there’s nothing that you’re going to say that’s going to shock us.”
What do women go to the gynaecologist for?
"A lot of women come to me when they're experiencing vaginal discharge, itchiness, a rash or even discolouration of the vagina, which can be a symptom of an underlying dermatological condition," he said.
"After women have a pap smear, they might need their gynaecologist to perform a colposcopy - a microscope examination of the cervix to determine whether there are any pre-cancerous cells within the cervix."
In regards to the uterus, women should see their gyno if they're experiencing heavy bleeding, pain with sex or pain while passing a bowel movement.