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Sexual Problems in Women (cont.)

When To Call a Doctor

Call a doctor for immediate care if you have sudden, severe pelvic pain.

Call a doctor for an appointment if you feel pain or discomfort in your vaginal area. You may have a vaginal infection or a sexually transmitted infection.

Watchful waiting

Watchful waiting is a wait-and-see approach. If you improve on your own, you won't need treatment. If you don't improve, you and your doctor will decide what to do next.

If you are having pain with sex, you need to see a doctor. For other sexual problems, it may help to talk with your doctor before trying watchful waiting.

During watchful waiting, you might try home treatment, such as lubrication and exercises to stimulate sexual desire.

Maintaining honest and frequent communications with your doctor will help you decide whether medical treatment is needed.

Who to see

Health professionals who can help you evaluate your symptoms and treat a sexual problem include:

To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.

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