Why It’s Important To See A Gyno Even When You’re Not Seeing Anyone

No one really loves going to the gynecologist, so even though it’s good to make sure your lady parts are all working their best, you might put off your visit, especially if you’re abstinent by choice. Here are a few reasons you shouldn’t skip out on seeing the gynecologist regardless of your current relationship situation.

  1. It’s crucial to be in-the-know when it comes to your menstrual cycle. My first trip to the gynecologist was when I was still a virgin. It was the fact that I’d missed my period for about six months that prompted my visits. Back then, you think those types of abnormalities are normal, and sometimes they can be. However, when it happens for several consecutive months, there’s a reason to worry. Thankfully, that visit to the doctor’s office jumpstarted my period again and made me feel more comfortable openly talking about my health.
  2. Vaginal odor can happen to anyone. Again, it’s a topic you probably don’t want to talk about but there’s a good chance you’ve Googled it once or twice. Sometimes it’s really hard to figure out what’s happening downstairs and the best person to make a proper diagnosis is someone who’s literally spent years at school studying vaginal health. It could be nothing, of course, but every day it’s not treated, you’ll become more and more self-conscious.
  3. Your own wellness should be a priority. Even if you’re not yet ready to talk about birth control, you should know that women’s health is tied to general wellness. If you have aches and pains in your head or legs that don’t go away, you’d probably consider going to a doctor. Why should you put it off for your lady-parts?
  4. When you do have sex, it shouldn’t be painful. If you’re currently abstaining since you don’t like sex, there could be more going on than you realize. You might not have a strong drive but if sex is always painful or uncomfortable, that’s a problem for a gynecologist. Don’t skip out on what could be a very pleasurable sex life just because you’re too embarrassed to talk to a pro.
  5. You can gain some more control over your period altogether. My first experience with birth control was when I wanted to have a bit more say on my period. Some pills actually stop your period for months, while others can at least give you a great window as to when to expect it. If you have a big important day coming up in a few months and want to try and stall your period to the week afterward, a gynecologist can help.
  6. You’ll become more comfortable with your own body. Seriously, a labia is just a labia. Women have them and your gynecologist has seen plenty of them. Not only will they be able to tell you if something is off (since they’re all a little different) but you’ll be comfortable with your own body around others. If you’re still feeling nervous, try finding a female doctor for your first appointment.
  7. It’s a much quicker visit than you imagine. Do you have to wear a paper gown? Well, yes, but not for too long. Most gynecologists are very quick when getting a pap smear, which tests for cervical cancer. It’s a very quick discomfort but over before you know it. Plus, every gynecologist I’ve seen has been confident, knowledgeable, and easy to talk to about literally anything. If you even have a brief question, an appointment is a healthy way to spend your lunch break.
  8. If you have a history of breast cancer in your family, they can save your life. Typically, mammograms are more common as a woman gets older, but your gynecologist will likely do a brief breast exam just to make sure there aren’t any lumps. They’ll also be able to show you how to give yourself an exam at home because the sooner you notice something is up, the better chances you have of recovering.
  9. If you want to get pregnant someday, it’s great to establish a relationship with an OB/GYN now. Some gynecologists are qualified to assist with childbirth and can give you all the information you need to know if you’re hoping to be a mother someday. Wouldn’t it be nice to already have a great relationship with your doctor before the time comes? If motherhood is still plenty of years away, they can tell you about all different kinds of birth control outside of condoms. You might not be having sex right now but if you plan on it in the future, it’s best to at least know what’s out there.
Karen Belz is a New Jersey native who is currently living in Maryland. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication with a focus in Broadcasting and Print Media Studies from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Since graduating, she has written for sites like LittleThings, HelloGiggles, and Scary Mommy and is currently an e-commerce editor at Bustle.

When she's not writing, she enjoys making her phone run out of memory after taking too many photos of her dog. You can find her on Twitter @karenebelz or on Instagram @karenbelz.