When to consult your Gynecologist

December 17, 2019

We all know that prevention is better than cure: so, nowadays, your Gynaecologist also emphasizes you to go for regular Well Women Checkups. So that you understand your body well, some problems that you need to understand and consult.

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When to consult your Gynecologist?

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Pain abdomen and discomfort – can have many reasons attributable to gynecologic or gastrointestinal pathology. The type and severity of pain provide a hint to approach the right diagnosis. Ultrasound pelvis and abdomen also helps to rule gall stones, kidney stones, liver disorder or cystitis. Acute pain can be associated with ectopic gestation (pregnancy outside the uterus), ruptured ovarian cyst or acute pelvic inflammation or acute appendicitis or ovarian or uterine torsion and degeneration of uterine fibroid. If pelvic pain is associated with pain during periods or intercourse, the possibility of endometriosis has to be ruled out by tests and clinical findings. A pelvic examination helps to arrive at a correct diagnosis.

Irregular and heavy bleeding or bleeding between periods: Some women have spotting before or after periods but this not an alarming sign. The right time to call your Gynaecologist is when your periods are heavy with clots and prolonged flow or you need to change your pads every 2 to 3 hours. Bleeding in between periods is not a good sign and warrants a checkup to rule out a submucous fibroid. For such conditions, pap smear, endometrial biopsy and ultrasound may be useful to reach a correct diagnosis and rule out cervical or uterine cancer in perimenopausal or postmenopausal age.

Missed periods: It needs to be investigated. In generative age, reproduction has to be ruled out first. Other common reasons could be hormonal imbalance due to thyroid dysfunction or polycystic ovarian syndrome or hyperprolactinaemia. Even severe tubercular infection or excessive uterine curettage can lead to this problem.

Postmenopausal bleeding: Women should not bleed once menopause has been attained after one year of no menses. If bleeding occurs, uterine or cervical cancer or polyp has to be ruled out.

Vaginal discharge and itching: It is one of the most common reasons for you to visit your best Gynaecologist. Vaginal discharge is usually a sign or reproductive tract or sexually transmitted infections. It can be accompanied by pain abdomen or itching. Discharge can be normal if not associated with burning in the vagina or a foul smell. Curdy white discharge may be a sign of candidal vaginitis and needs to be treated to avoid its spread further.

Urinary or bowel symptoms: Urinary incontinence or difficulty moving your bowels can be symptoms of pelvic floor problems. That’s when the muscles that hold the pelvic organs become injured or weakened, often due to childbirth. If the muscles are weak, your Gynaecologist may suggest special pelvic exercises, called Kegels, to strengthen the area. But if there’s a break, your gynaecologist will suggest other treatment options.

Discomfort during intercourse: One of life’s greatest pleasures shouldn’t be painful. Pain during intercourse can be felt as deep pelvic pain or soreness in your genital area. Common causes are vaginal dryness, infections, or uterine fibroids etc. Your gynaecologist will likely perform a pelvic exam and tests to find out what’s wrong.

The need for Gynecologist arises since your teenage years to educate you on pubertal changes, contraception and safe sexual practices, HPV Vaccination, menstrual hygiene etc to reproductive age problems (fertility issues, menstrual irregularities, urinary or reproductive tract infections to women nearing menopause with hot flashes, urogenital symptoms or postmenopausal bleeding which may be a forerunner for any gynaecological cancer.

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