The year 2011 should be about living your best life–and being your healthiest. Part of that is making sure you regularly visit your gynecologist. When visiting the gynecologist, black women (and women in general) sometimes get embarrassed or self-conscious about asking questions. As a woman, I understand the feeling. But as a doctor, I urge you to put those fears of judgement and embarrassment aside. Black women need to be open about health questions because we do have a higher incidence of medical conditions when compared to women of other races. Your gynecologist is looking out for your best interest and health, and so am I. So don’t be afraid to voice your health questions and/or concerns. Take control of your health in 2011. Here are 10 questions you must ask your gynecologist in 2011.