When you go to your annual gynecological exam, you can expect your doctor to take the time to examine your pelvic region and talk to you about any questions or concerns you might have. At these appointments, your doctor may provide you with information you weren’t expecting to hear.

In some cases, High Desert women become alarmed or scared when they hear this information. However, it’s important for those in Hesperia to remain calm and take the time to understand what the doctor truly means. At Reza Ahmadinia OBGYN, we work with our patients in order to ensure that they feel calm, comfortable and secure with the information discussed during all appointments.

What Issues Might My Doctor Bring Up at My Appointment?

Your doctor may tell you that you have a backwards uterus at your appointment, and you might think that something is wrong.

This is actually a common occurrence, and all it really means is that your uterus is tipped toward the pelvis. This does not typically affect fertility or a woman’s ability to carry a child, and many people experience no symptoms whatsoever. The most common symptom of a backwards uterus is pain during intercourse or discomfort during the menstrual cycle.

After discussing certain symptoms with your doctor, he may think that you have polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS.

This might immediately make women feel concerned, because it is widely known as a common cause of female infertility. However, most patients can regulate their hormones with birth control pills. Women with PCOS who are trying to get pregnant may need help from medication, such as Clomid. This is a highly-successful treatment option.

You may test positive for herpes and be afraid of the stigma that comes with this sexually-transmitted disease.

However, understand that nearly one in 6 Americans has genital herpes — and 90 percent of those people do not even know that they have had it. It is possible to have herpes without ever having an outbreak of the virus. If you have an outbreak, abstain from sex during that time in order to avoid passing the virus to a sexual partner. Be sure to practice safe sex and use condoms, even if you are on the birth control pill.

You may test positive for HPV and immediately be concerned that you will get cancer.

However, HPV is a very prevalent virus and almost everyone who is sexually active will come in contact with some type of HPV at one point in their lives. HPV usually clears on its own. While it can lead to cervical cancer, regular screenings can make treatment extremely successful for this type of cancer.

As a trusted medical professional, your OBGYN is obligated to provide you with open and honest information about your reproductive health. This may not always be welcome news, but it’s important to stay calm. In many cases, treatment options are available and your doctor can provide you with the resources that you need.

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