Many women tend to avoid gynecological check-ups even if they experience some symptoms. As a result, the condition that causes these symptoms can progress and cause severe complications over time. In this article, we have gathered nine weighty reasons to make an appointment with your gynecologist.
Pain and discomfort during periods are familiar to many women. But if you experience severe pain that interferes with your daily activities, it is better to make an appointment with your gynecologist. The truth is that unbearable pain can be caused by a certain medical condition that may require treatment.
Pressure in the pelvic area can occur because of the enlargement of the uterus. For example, women with adenomyosis can experience pressure because the endometrium (inner lining of the uterus) grows inside the uterine walls and this leads to the enlargement of the uterus. Additionally, large uterine fibroids and polyps can also cause pressure.
If you have had unprotected sex recently, you should visit the gynecological clinic. It is essential to understand that unprotected sex can result in pregnancy and if you don't want to have a child, you may need to ask your gynecologist about abortion options as soon as possible. Additionally, you can get infected with sexually transmitted infections during unprotected intercourse.
Even though vaginal discharge can change throughout the menstrual cycle, discharges that have a strong odor, abnormal color, or unusual texture are not deemed normal. There are a lot of infections and diseases that can change your discharge. That's why you shouldn't perform self-treatment and contact your gynecologist.
Many women experience painful sensations and discomfort during sex. It can be caused by incorrect pose or deep penetration. However, there are certain health issues that can also worsen your sex life. Vaginal dryness leads to a lack of natural lubrication and this causes pain and even light bleeding during sex. Conditions that affect the cervix (cervicitis, cervical cancer, STIs, etc.) can also lead to painful intercourse.
Rash, bumps, or genital warts can be a sign of sexually transmitted diseases. For example, genital warts usually appear if you are infected with certain strains of human papillomavirus. That's why it is important to practice safe sex and undergo STD testing regularly, especially if you are a sexually active person.
Vaginal itching usually occurs as a result of a certain infection. Women with yeast infection usually experience severe itching that is accompanied by a thick white discharge. Vaginal itching can also be a sign of certain STIs. In the case of vaginal itching, you need to visit your gynecologist and undergo additional testing to define the exact cause of your symptoms.
If you have had missed periods once or twice, you shouldn’t panic. But if you have skipped a few periods in a row, it can be a reason for concern. Indeed, periods can disappear if you are exposed to prolonged stress, have gained or lose weight suddenly, or exercise excessively. But you should know that thyroid issues, polycystic ovary syndrome, and many other conditions can also lead to missed periods.
Pelvic pain that is not linked to periods or ovulation (some women experience "middle pain") can manifest some gynecological disorder. For example, endometriosis occurs when the inner lining of the uterus called the endometrium grows on the pelvic organs. In some women, it can develop asymptomatically, while others can experience severe pelvic pain, heavy and painful periods, and fertility issues.