We have all been there; it is a little bit embarrassing to talk about. Just delaying that visit to the doctor is not going to sort out the awkward and uncomfortable gynaecological problem. It is understandable but not advisable. Be assured that many lingering gynaecological issues can be treated effectively with advances in the medical field. Let me tell you, even hysterectomy which once was a significant surgery has come down to a simple procedure performed by Minimally Invasive GYN Specialists with minimum pain and healing time.
It might be on the bottom of your to-do list, but ignoring problems and hoping it will sort it out itself is harmful to your long-term health. Keeping in mind, here is a list of gynaecological symptoms that women should never ignore.
- Heavy menstrual bleeding –A heavy period is severe or heavy menstrual bleeding which is not part of your regular period.
- Painful intercourse – Pain can occur either during or after sex. Both may indicate a medical issue.
- Irregular periods – Anything less or more than 28 + or – 3 days, is considered irregular. Also bleeding shorter or longer than average days.
- Painful or excessive urination – When it hurts to use the loo or if you need to visit the loo frequently.
- Breast changes – Lumps, changes in color and/or in texture can all indicate a serious issue. Make sure you get it checked by a professional.
- Vaginal changes and discharge – Lumps and rashes in your privates, any abnormal discharge: yellow, green, brown or has a strong scent is abnormal.
- Spotting – Some light bleeding in between cycles
- Excessive bloating – It could be IBS but always make sure it is nothing related to women’s health problems.
Here are also some points that you do not have to worry about, and put that thought of canceling the scheduled appointment.
- The first and foremost is when you have your period. Gynaecologists have seen everything and menstrual blood is no different to them. So yes definitely you can go to that appointment. There are instances when blood can interfere with the diagnosis, but the doctors are the ones to decide. If you are worried about excessive bleeding or anything else, let your doctor know.
- Grooming before your appointment- Yes, a trim and a wash will do. Nothing more. Waxing and shaving cause heavier vaginal discharge and boils. Hair is your first line of defence and the second line is your vaginal secretions that keep bacteria out of the uterus. If you remove all of the hair, the vaginal secretions must increase. So don’t worry too much about the appearance and any odours or perspiration that may or may not exist.
These are some of the symptom’s that could potentially indicate gynaecological condition. There is no need to panic if you experience one or more of these symptoms. Many of these states can be treated effectively with proper diagnosis. Living with pain and discomfort is the main thing to cause serious stress. So, if your symptom proves to be a serious problem, you are putting your long-term health under risk. So don’t put off your next gynaecological appointment.