5 Questions To Ask Your Gynaecologist If You Haven’t Already
Dr Ankita Gharge

Dr Ankita Gharge

May 08HPV

5 Questions To Ask Your Gynaecologist If You Haven’t Already

1. Can I take the HPV vaccine? 

Human Papillomavirus is a type of virus that can cause abnormal tissue growth, such as genital warts that may lead to cervical and anal cancers. In India, HPV vaccines are licensed for females aged between 9 to 45 years of age and have been seen to be safe and effective. FOGSI (The Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India) recommends getting vaccinated between the age of 9-45 years if not already immunised.

2. When should I get tested for STIs?

If you are sexually active and have had one or more partners in the past - you will be recommended an STI test. You can also be recommended for this test based on if you have previously shared needles or tattooing equipment with anyone. Your gynaecologist will help you understand if you need a basic or a more advanced test based on your medical and sexual history. You will have to do this often to stay on top of your health as HPV symptoms can onset years after being infected.

3. What does my vaginal discharge mean? 

The vagina is a self-cleansing organ. Vaginal secretions or discharge thoroughly clean your vagina every day and protect it from infection. Normally, this discharge contains vaginal skin cells, bacteria, mucus and fluids produced by the vagina and cervix. Your vaginal discharge can change depending on various factors such as your menstrual cycle, external infections or even your birth control. Explain your discharge to your gynaecologist to understand what it means and how to go about it.

Read more: Understanding your vaginal discharge  



4. How do I do a breast self-exam?

Breast self-examination is an effective way for breast cancer detection early and preventing its spread to other organs. You can perform this procedure on your own to detect abnormal lumps or swellings. It is recommended to every woman during their reproductive and post-menopausal period. Your gynaecologist can walk you through the process and help you get the hang of it. 

5. How do I choose a contraception method? 

Choosing the right contraception is vital to ensure your well-being. Many factors determine this such as your age, frequency of sexual activity, your paying capacity and much more. Your gynaecologist will walk you through all the contraceptive options that are available and help you decide which is best suited for your menstrual, sexual and reproductive needs. Click ere to know more about our HPV vaccination services.


Disclaimer: This information is educational and should not be construed as medical advice. Please consult your doctor before making any dietary changes or adding supplements.


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