When it comes to reproductive and sexual health, it can be hard to know what is “normal” and what might be a sign of a prospective health issue. Even if you feel uncomfortable about certain problems, your gynecologist has seen and heard it all and is there to assist you, not to pass judgment.
Following are the things you should discuss with gynecologist surgeon:
- Vaginal odor
While vaginal odor can be a painful topic, it is essential to talk to your doctor if there is a fishy or foul smell, or if there is a change from your normal smell that seems to be lasting for several days. While having an odor is normal, any changes or foul smells might be a sign of bacterial overgrowth or vaginal infection.
- Painful periods
For several women, getting your period is an unlikable time. Breast soreness, cramps, and headaches are just a few of the most common menstruation symptoms. But for a few women, period pain goes beyond cramps and can be extremely severe. If your periods are very painful or have been getting bad over time, it can be a sign of uterine fibroids or endometriosis. It is essential to speak with your doctor about this, as there are several solutions that can make these conditions more convenient.
- Vaginal dryness
Many women experience vaginal dryness during sexual contact. Dryness can frequently be dependent on a woman’s age and mitigating factors in her life. If a younger woman has this problem and has been on birth control for a long time, there might not be enough estrogen present, and she might need to change her birth control. If a woman is postmenopausal and has dryness, it can be because of low estrogen, and her gynecologist can recommend vaginal estrogen.
- Swelling bumps or growths
Noticing a development in your vagina or around your labia can seem worrying. Bumps are often benign, but it is important to have your doctor perform an examination when you feel something. Genital warts are visible for some time, but herpes lesions can heal over seven to fourteen days, making it significant to be seen when the eruption is occurring.
- Pain during sex.
If you are experiencing pain during sex, you still may need to speak with your doctor. It is important to talk to your doctor if you have pain with intercourse in any position you try, lubricants do not help with vaginal dryness or you have bleeding after intercourse.
- Urinary or Fecal Leakage
Experiencing fecal or urinary incontinence can be very worrying and take a toll on your quality of life. Several women will experience these symptoms after childbirth, mostly if they had a big baby or a vaginal delivery necessitating forceps or a vacuum. When women enter menopause, these symptoms may deteriorate. Depending on the nature of the incontinence, there might be medical or surgical management options available. By consulting with your Obstetrics doctor, she or he can determine the appropriate treatment protocols and refer you to a pelvic floor disorder specialist if needed.