Question: I’ve recently been experiencing a strange odor from my vaginal area as well as itching after sex & strange pimple-like growths. Is it time for an appointment?
Answer: Yes, it is time for an appointment. There are a number of reasons you may be experiencing these symptoms, but a discussion and exam with your gynecologist could give you the answers you need and address these symptoms.
Question: Can you get endometriosis after a partial hysterectomy? I had it when I was in my 20's.
Answer: Endometriosis is a complicated medical problem. For some, removal of the uterus improves your symptoms. However, if the ovaries were not removed at time of hysterectomy (as I suspect they were not for you based on your young age at time of hysterectomy), it is possible for the symptoms of endometriosis to recur. Unfortunately, there are a number of reasons that women experience chronic pain, so if you are having recurrent pain symptoms you will likely benefit from a discussion with your gynecologist to help investigate these symptoms.
Question: Is sex safe during the last few weeks of pregnancy? Is there anything that isn't?
Answer: Thanks for your question. In general, sexual intercourse is safe throughout the duration of your pregnancy. You may need to make some adjustments as your body changes, but unless your doctor has advised you not to, you can participate in intercourse without any worry. If you experience pain or bleeding, you should stop and notify your healthcare team immediately. There are certain conditions of pregnancy which prohibit you from having intercourse, such as a low-lying placenta or placenta previa. This condition occurs when the placenta is implanted too close to the internal cervical os. Intercourse or certain types of exams should not be done with this condition, as it may damage the placenta’s connection to the uterine wall., potentially decreasing the blood flow to your fetus. Your doctor should notify you if you have this condition around the time of your anatomy ultrasound, which typically occurs between 18-20 weeks of pregnancy. ~ Heidi Gaston, D.O., OB-GYN