Many women are hesitant to speak to their doctor about vaginal health, either due to embarrassment, cultural values, or acceptance of such symptoms as an inevitable consequence of aging. One Canadian survey revealed that one-third (32%) of women who experienced symptoms of VA waited for more than a year before finally seeking help!
After learning more about your condition with a discussion and an exam, your doctor will be able to help you decide what to do to start feeling better, including possibly referring you to a gynaecologist.
Be ready to answer questions about your general health, habits or behaviours related to your sexual health, and how your symptoms have been affecting you, such as:
You have probably experienced vaginal examinations, and the tests for VA are likely no different. Here's a quick run-down of the tests that will help your doctor or healthcare professional diagnose VA:
Let's face it: It can be hard to talk about feminine concerns. These matters are considered private and women often put their family's issues above their own, rather than talking about their own concerns. But remember that you do not need to suffer with the symptoms of VA. There are mess-free treatment options available. Start talking VA!
Joan Boone, a Canadian Boomer who started experiencing vaginal symptoms at an early age, is one of many women who was embarrassed to speak to a doctor. Joan has boldly emerged from the shadows to shed light on VA, a condition which had once prevented her from enjoying life.
"For a long time I experienced symptoms of VA which made me very uncomfortable and prevented me from doing the things I love like swimming and cycling," said Joan. "Symptoms affected my relationships, especially with my husband, and my life was coming to a halt. I finally spoke to my doctor and that's the best decision I could have made."
Don't suffer in silence
If women don't bring it up, doctors might not ask.
of women are aware of VA
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