Q: How do I know if I should see my doctor or nurse practitioner?
A. Make an appointment to talk to your doctor or nurse practitioner if you notice any uncomfortable or unusual symptoms, even if you’re not sure if it’s vaginal atrophy. Keep an eye out for vaginal discharge, burning, dryness, itching, and pain or bleeding when you have sex.
- Download this informational pamphlet.
Talk to your doctor or nurse practitioner
Yes, your doctor or a healthcare professional does want to hear about it! Healthcare professionals know all about vaginal atrophy and the symptoms that have got you down. Remember: In the next 10 years, as many as 2 million Canadian women may feel The Big Ow. You are certainly not the only one walking into your doctor's office with vaginal discomfort!
With all the Big Ow faces looking to your doctor for some help, rest assured that he or she knows how to help relieve your symptoms. Make an appointment with your doctor or nurse practitioner to ask about mess-free treatment options today.
Not sure what to expect during your visit? Learn what tests and questions will help your doctor or nurse practitioner diagnose the problem, and what else he or she may suggest to help slow changes to the vaginal tissues and “relieve” your symptoms at home.
Remember: Even though visits with our doctors sometimes feel quick, and we often forget to discuss every little health issue, vaginal atrophy is not a small concern. It’s important to talk to your doctor or nurse about vaginal atrophy, especially since it will not go away on its own. If you’re feeling shy or embarrassed, have a look at some tips to help you get the conversation started.
Don’t just help yourself! You can also help the women in your life by telling them about vaginal atrophy. Your girlfriends, sisters, and mothers may have felt Big Ow without knowing what it was, or that there’s treatment for it. Tell them about TheBigOw.ca or download an informational pamphlet to pass along.
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