Following are some of the scarier things your Columbus Gynecologist Dr. Otto Umana has to tell some of his patients, with the reality of each!
“Your uterus is backwards.”
While some of you may feel that this makes you a freak, all this really means is that your uterus – which is usually in a straight and vertical position – is tipped toward the back of your pelvis. Many women go their whole lives without knowing that they have this condition. However, some women with this anatomical fluke report pain during their period or during intercourse. Your Columbus Gynecologist may be able to recommend exercises or other treatment, keeping surgery as a last resort.
“It appears like you have polycystic ovary syndrome, so I’m going to need a few lab tests.”
PCOS is actually a rather common hormonal disorder that affects between 1 in 10 and 1 in 20 women in their childbearing years. Most women who suffer from it have small cysts located along the outer edge of each ovary. The condition may also come with additional unpleasant symptoms such as unpredictable periods, extreme hair growth, acne and even obesity. In the past, your Columbus Gynecologist would remove the cysts with surgery, but today the condition can be managed with medication
“You tested positive for herpes.”
While you may think you’re marked for life, a fairly significant percentage of the population has been diagnosed with one or both types of herpes. In the past, herpes had to establish itself in the form of an oral or genital blister in order to be diagnosed, but today your Columbus Gynecologist uses a simple blood test to see if you’ve been exposed to the herpes simplex virus. This means that you can test positive for herpes even if you’ve never had an outbreak.
“Your chosen method of birth control increases your chance of a blood clot.
Even if your Columbus gynecologist downplays the risks involved, you may have already heard terrifying news accounts of young women on hormonal birth control who died unexpectedly from blood clots. But your risk of developing a blood clot are higher during and immediately following pregnancy, which is the very thing you’re taking the pill to prevent. In all cases, spikes in estrogen are partly to blame along with genetics, smoking and obesity.
“You tested positive for HPV.”
Relax – HPV, also known as human papillomavirus, is like the common cold of sexually transmitted diseases. There are more than 40 different kinds of HPV, and it’s become so common that nearly all sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives. Your Columbus gynecologist will probably recommend regular screenings to monitor you.
If you’re uneasy or have any questions about these – or any other – gynecological conditions, call the office of Columbus gynecologist Dr. Otto Umana today to schedule an appointment.