Recognizing symptoms of gynecological disorders
A gynecological disorder is a condition that affects the female reproduction organs, namely the breasts and organs in the abdominal and pelvic area including the womb (uterus), ovaries, fallopian tubes, vagina, and vulva.
Some common gynecological conditions we are able to address for you include:
- Menstrual disorders: heavy menstrual bleeding, painful periods, amenorrhea, and oligomenorrhea
- Cervical disorders: polyps, and cervical cancer
- Ovarian disorders: ovarian cysts and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Uterine disorders: fibroids, endometriosis, endometrial cancer, and adenomyosis
- Vaginal disorders: urinary incontinence, prolapse, and vulval carcinoma
Top 5 symptoms of gynecological disorders that every woman should watch for
Symptoms of gynecological disorders may be varied and may be mild or severe. They may be an indication of a minor disorder or symptoms of something more serious.
It is important not to ignore any symptom that lasts for a while or recurs repeatedly even if it is not associated with any pain. If in doubt, book an appointment with us.
Sticky, white discharge between your monthly periods is natural and normal. It serves to clean your vagina and protect against genital infections. Pregnant or breastfeeding women may also notice more discharge.
However, if you experience vaginal discharge with an unusual color or strange odour, it could signal a problem.
Cervical cancer, chlamydia, bacterial infections, gonorrhea, complications from abortion, and vaginitis are the most common causes of unusual vaginal discharge. Early detection is crucial, so if in doubt, get it checked out.
Abnormal bleeding can be dangerous. It’s possible for bleeding between your periods to be unrelated to gynecological problems – for example as the result of birth control medication or hormonal imbalances.
Sometimes unusual bleeding can be connected to a change in your period pattern. Menstruation irregularities like heavy bleeding, shorter or longer periods, or unusual pain during menstruation may be signals of serious conditions such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids, or ovarian cysts.
Unusual vaginal bleeding can also be a result of an STD (sexually transmitted disease) or even cancer if it happens after 40 years of age.
Often paired with redness, soreness, swelling, or even lumps, this sensation could be a red flag. The irritation can be caused by a yeast infection or sexual disorders such as vaginal dryness menopause.
Pelvic pain is distinct from normal period cramps and should not be ignored. It can be a symptom of a number of different infections in the reproductive tract, for instance, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), ovarian cysts, or even appendicitis.
Such conditions can lead to severe damage to the fallopian tubes, ovaries, and uterus, creating complications such as infertility.
Are you constantly finding yourself looking for the ladies’ room? This could be a red flag.
While the frequent need to pass water, along with a sharp, stinging pain when you do, may simply signal a urinary tract infection like cystitis, it may also be a sign of a range of gynecological problems such as STDs infection something pressing on the bladder like fibroids or ovarian cyst. So, if the problem is a persistent one get to the doctor.
Loss of bladder control
There may be instances of loss of control of the urinary bladder which is commonly referred to as incontinence, in which a person is unable to control urination.
Leakage of urine may occur when one coughs or laughs or lifts something heavy. This is called ‘stress incontinence. It is an unintentional loss of urine.
The above symptoms could potentially indicate a range of gynecological conditions.
Do not panic if you are experiencing one or more of the above symptoms, as many conditions are effectively treated after a diagnosis.
Living with pain, discomfort, or stress regarding your symptoms is completely unnecessary. Additionally, should your symptoms prove to be from a serious health concern, you are putting your long-term health, and maybe even your fertility, at risk when you avoid proper medical care.
If you are experiencing one or more of the above problems, contact us to book an appointment to make sure everything’s in order.
Recognizing symptoms early and seeing a healthcare provider right away increase the chances of successful treatment.
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