Almost every woman will experience a gynaecological issue at some point in her life. In the majority of cases, these abnormalities are benign and easily curable, but other gynaecological conditions can have severe consequences and damage a woman's fertility and quality of life. Despite following good personal hygiene, these gynecological problems emerge like an uninvited guest.
There are other more gynaecological problems that, if left untreated, might have disastrous effects. Dr. Dhivya R, Consultant - Obstetrics & Gynecology, Kauvery Hospitals, Electronic City, Bangalore, shares a list of 5 symptoms that women should be aware of and seek the advice of a gynaecologist if they experience any of them.
Abnormal vaginal discharge
To begin with, sticky white discharge during your monthly period is normal. It protects against vaginal infection and may cause increased discharge during pregnancy and lactation. However, if you have vaginal discharge with an unusual flow or odour, this is a symptom of infection. Women's vagina can be irritated by scented soaps, creams, lotions, and douches. If you use them and notice abnormal discharge, stop using them and observe if the symptoms go away. Cervical cancer, Chlamydia, gonorrhea, bacterial infection, and fungal infection create atypical discharge, and early detection is critical.
When you are on birth control tablets or have hormonal imbalances, you may experience bleeding between your periods that is unrelated to a gynecological disease. However, unusual bleeding might be harmful. Excessive or unusual bleeding can sometimes be linked to a change in your period pattern. Irregular cycle, heavy short or long periods, or unusual discomfort during periods may be symptoms of illnesses such as endometriosis, fibroids, ovarian cysts, or cancer if you are over 40.
It is frequently connected with redness, discomfort, swelling, or even eruptions; this could be a warning sign. It might be caused by a yeast infection or by sexual dysfunction.
The discomfort typically begins as a dull throbbing pain in the lower abdominal or pelvic region. The pain could be unique from a typical period cramp. It should not be overlooked. It can be a sign of a reproductive tract infection, an inflammatory condition, an ovarian cyst, or even appendicitis. It can sometimes cause damage to the tubes, ovaries, and uterus, resulting in infertility.
Frequent need to pee
This could be a red indicator; frequent need to pass pee combined with intense, stinging pain could indicate urinary tract diseases such as cystitis. It could also be a sign of a sexually transmitted illness, fibroid, or an ovarian cyst that is squeezing the bladder. So, if the issue persists, consult your doctor.
These are just some of the most typical indications of a gynaecological issue, and it may not be easy to notice them. Consequently, you shouldn't take any chances. The sooner you get checked out, the more chance you have of a successful intervention that will keep you safe.