Columbus gynecologist Dr. Otto Umana finds that women often endure health issues in silence, especially if the problem is embarrassing, is affecting only them and doesn’t pose a serious health risk to them. Yet issues that may seem to be minor and personal in nature can have a major impact on a woman’s quality of life and eventually on the lives of those around her.
It’s natural for women to want to evade discussing certain deeply personal health problems, such as heavy periods, digestive problems or incontinence. But talking about a problem with your Columbus gynecologist can lead to a more effective treatment plan. Many health issues that seem to be simply inconvenient can actually have a widespread impact on a woman’s personal and professional life.
Following are some common health issues that women tend to avoid discussing even though each of these issues can deeply affect a woman’s physical, emotional, personal and professional wellbeing.
Incontinence: Described as the involuntary release of urine from the bladder, incontinence affects 25 million Americans, and 75 to 80 percent of them are women. Women may not discuss this problem with their Columbus gynecologist thinking that incontinence is a normal part of aging or that it only affects sufferers on a personal level. From bladder training to medications, treatments can help. The first step is to talk to your gynecologist about the problem.
Heavy periods: About 10 million women experience heavy periods that require hourly changes of pads or tampons even at night, with bleeding that lasts a week or longer, restricting their daily activities. While menstrual problems may be deeply personal to a woman – and not something she thinks affects others – heavy periods can greatly affect a woman both personally and professionally.
Women who suffer from heavier periods are away from work almost 30 percent more than other women. Consulting with your Columbus gynecologist can help you decide on a treatment for your heavy periods. Oral contraceptives and hysterectomies have been traditional treatment options for severe cases.
Digestive health: From prolonged constipation to irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux to severe gas, digestive disorders affect millions of American women. While sporadic irritation is normal and happens to almost everyone at some point, problems that continue for longer periods of time can be a sign of more serious health issues.
And the symptoms of digestive issues can hinder a woman’s lifestyle, causing a woman to spend extended periods of time in the rest room, which can ultimately interfere with her work performance.
No matter how embarrassing a health issue feels to you, if it’s impacting your quality of life in any way, it’s definitely worth discussing with your Columbus gynecologist.