You’ve had more than one partner and don’t always use condoms.
Why it’s key: If your doc doesn’t know, you may not be offered screening or treatment for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Some, left untreated, can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy or infertility. And certainly you don’t want to be unaware of HIV. ‘If they’re detected early, STDs are easier to treat, and you can prevent spreading of the disease,’ says Katz, author of Disease-Proof: Slash Your Risk Of Heart Disease, Cancer, Diabetes, And More – By 80 Percent (Plume). How to spit it out: Request a test. Say you’d like to be screened for STDs because you or your partner has had unprotected sex. This puts the conversation squarely into the medical realm, not the personal or moral one. A doctor shouldn’t make you feel judged, so try to put aside embarrassment.