A woman can experience a yeast infection here and there or an irregular menstrual cycle every once in a while; it’s a part of life and it doesn’t need any extensive treatment. For a handful of women, there are some symptoms that can’t be left untreated and calling your doctor is the best course of action. A Columbus gynecologist can help you “troubleshoot” those uncommon problems
Uncommon Problems in Women
Pelvic Pain – Many women will experience some pelvic pain. If this pain persists and no relief is found, call your doctor. When a woman has chronic pelvic pain, your doctor will check for endometriosis, benign uterine fibroids, and pelvic inflammatory disease. Vaginal bleeding and abdominal pain may be signs of an ectopic pregnancy and is considered a medical emergency; go to the emergency room if your doctor can’t be reached. Ovarian cancer is another condition that causes pelvic pain; symptoms include pelvic pressure, bloating, and frequent urination for two weeks or more. If you are experiencing these symptoms you need to contact a Columbus gynecologist immediately to test for cancer.
Irregular bleeding – If you aren’t taking or using birth control and are having irregular bleeding lasting two months or more you should be checked. Irregular bleeding can include bleeding in the middle of your cycle, periods lasting longer than your normal cycles, bleeding after sex, having more than one period per month if it’s not your regular cycle, and other unusual bleeding patterns that are not typical for you. Possible causes for abnormal bleeding include uterine fibroids or polyps or peri-menopause, both of which are not serious conditions. Bleeding after sex may be indicative of an STD such as Chlamydia or Gonnorhea which both cause lesions on the cervix or if your cervix becomes easily irritated if there is another type of infection present. If you are postmenopausal, any type of vaginal bleeding is a possible sign of uterine cancer. Uterine cancer is treatable and curable as it is discovered at an early stage with early warning signs.
Abnormal Vaginal Discharge – Symptoms of vaginal discharge that is considered abnormal include a large amount of discharge, discharge accompanied by a very strong odor, blood in your discharge, discharge with an unusual color, or discharge that is accompanied by burning, itching, or irritation.
Vaginal Dryness – Postmenopausal women may experience some spotting after intercourse caused by having less estrogen leaving their vaginal tissue much thinner; because of this it can become easily irritated and dry. Vaginal dryness can make sex painful and women experiencing vaginal thinning are more susceptible to infection contributing to urinary incontinence. Many women get relief by using estrogen rings, creams, or tablets that are inserted or applied directly into the vagina.
Sores or lumps – Genital sores may indicate the presence of the STD herpes or cancer. Symptoms of vulva cancer include wart-like bumps, red, flat sores that don’t heal, or unusual lumps. Those flat sores can sometimes become discolored or scaly.
Most problems “down there” are harmless but knowing when to call a Columbus gynecologist is crucial in treating more severe problems. These symptoms are the five most common issues that require immediate attention and a call to your doctor.