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5 Important Things to Discuss With Your Gynecologist

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When it comes to reproductive and sexual health, it may be difficult to know what counts as normal and what is a sign of a potential health problem. The only way to know for sure is to make an appointment with a gynaecologist and discuss the symptoms or the conditions at hand. Even if you are embarrassed about some issues, your gynaecologist has probably heard it all and is there to help you with no judgement. Here are a few symptoms you should never hide from your gynaecologist.

Painful Periods

For many people, periods are unpleasant. Some of the common menstruation problems include headaches, cramps, and breast soreness. Period cramps come in different levels. While some people can work through their cramps and still get through their day, some have to face extremely severe cramps. If your periods are excruciatingly painful or are worsening over time, you may have uterine fibroids or endometriosis.

It's important that you talk to your gynaecologist as soon as possible to get solutions that can make the condition more manageable. 

Vagina Odour

Vaginal odour can be an uncomfortable topic, but not for your doctor. It's important to inform your gynaecologist if you have a fishy or foul smell coming from your vagina, even if it only lasts a few days. While having an occasional vaginal odour may be normal, any drastic changes or foul smells may indicate vaginal infection or bacterial overgrowth. Ensure that you make an appointment with your gynaecologist as soon as possible. 

Sexual Discomfort

If you experience any discomfort during sexual intercourse, you should never hide this from your doctor. It may be a result of vaginal dryness, which depends on a woman's age and some mitigating factors in her life. If as a young woman you're facing this issue, maybe after using birth control for a long time, there may be inadequate estrogen present, and you need to change your birth control. It may also be a result of not taking enough time to engage in foreplay, causing arousal before sex, resulting in vaginal dryness.

If the cause is low estrogen, your gynaecologist will be able to determine this and prescribe vagina estrogen.

Urinary Leakage

This can be extremely inconvenient and stressful. Many women go through the same symptom after childbirth, especially if their baby was large or they had a vaginal delivery requiring a vacuum and forceps. The symptom may worsen during and after menopause. A gynaecologist will determine the right treatment protocol and if necessary, refer you to a good pelvic floor disorder specialist. 

Low Libido

Having a low libido is more common than you may realize. You need to inform your doctor as soon as possible. It may be a result of medications you're taking or a sign of an underlying medical condition. In this situation, the gynaecologist will determine the necessary medical interventions.

When it comes to your reproductive and sexual health, you shouldn't keep any symptoms secret from your doctor. Schedule an appointment and get a solution for any gynaecological problem you're facing.

If you have any questions, reach out to a local gynaecologist.