Few of us relish a trip to the doctor, but when the problem is of a personal, intimate or embarrassing nature then the prospect is even more terrifying.
But whether you’ve had an intimate accident or suffer from an embarrassing condition, it’s really important to get the right help.
Don’t be too embarrassed to get help for these conditions – or any others.
Here are 11 problems that you shouldn’t be afraid to seek help for.
1. You can’t have sex
If something’s physically preventing you from having sex it could be the symptom of an underlying issue.
For example in men, erectile dysfunction can be a symptom of cardiovascular or prostate issues; in women, the involuntary tightening of vaginismus may be the result of psychological factors or physical damage.
If the issue is mental rather than physical, such as a partial or complete loss of libido, depression could be the culprit.
Everything we’ve mentioned here is treatable, so don’t be afraid to speak up.
2. There’s blood when you go to the toilet
This could be completely innocuous – the blood could be from over-enthusiastic wiping or from an unpleasant but relatively harmless complaint such as piles or a urinary tract infection – but it can be the symptom of something more serious.
Once again, it’s better to be checked out.
3. You think you might have an STI
Sexually transmitted infections don’t always announce themselves.
So if you are symptom-free but have reason to think you might have contracted an STI it’s really important to get to the doctor, for your sake and for the sake of your present or future sexual partners.
4. You’ve got something stuck where the sun don’t shine
Don’t add injury to accident; let the professionals get it out from wherever you’ve stuck it.
They’ve seen it all before.
5. You’re bingeing and purging
People with eating disorders such as bulimia can do serious damage to their bodies: stomach acid erodes the teeth and can damage the digestive tract.
The condition can lead to problems with the heart, the menstrual cycle and the nervous system.
Like any mental health issue, help is available and bulimia can be treated.
6. You’re really sweaty
Abnormal sweating can be a side-effect of some medications, or it could be a symptom of diabetes, thyroid problems, menopause, unhealthy lifestyles or other treatable issues.
7. You’ve got bad breath
This is often the sign of gum disease, but halitosis is also a symptom of some health problems such as liver disease, kidney problems and diabetes.
8. You’re self-harming
People who self-harm often have an underlying, treatable medical condition such as anxiety, depression or borderline personality, or they may have an eating disorder.
Your doctor can get you specialist help to deal with the things that are triggering your self-harm.
9. You’ve become incontinent
Everyone knows that having babies can play merry hell with your pelvic floor muscles, but if you’ve developed incontinence it’s important to get checked out in case it’s a symptom of something else.