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A Guide On The Work Of Gynaecologists

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Gynaecologists are a critical aspect of women's health. These medical professionals deal with female reproductive and sexual health. The extract below discusses some of the conditions that should prompt you to seek the services of a gynaecologist. 

Vaginal Infections

Vaginal infections could range from itching, discharge, burning sensations when urinating or bleeding. If you happen to suffer from one of these symptoms, the gynaecologist will conduct tests to establish the condition you could be suffering from. For instance, you could be suffering from a bacterial or yeast infection, vaginal atrophy or an allergy to contraceptives, soaps and perfumes. Most vaginal infections can be treated through antibiotics, antifungal or estrogen creams.  

Painful Periods (Dysmenorrhea)

Dysmenorrhea can either be primary or secondary. Primary dysmenorrhea is characterised by pains before and after menstruation. Conversely, secondary dysmenorrhoea occurs in people who once experienced regular periods but suffered from painful periods later on in life. The gynaecologist will examine you to determine risk factors that could have predisposed you to the condition. For instance, heavy smokers, a dysmenorrhoea family history, irregular periods and early puberty could expose you to the condition. In addition, diseases such as fibroids, endometriosis, cervical stenosis and premenstrual syndrome could also cause painful periods.  

Sexual Discomfort

Sexual discomfort occurs when a woman experiences pains during sex. It could be caused by the inability to lubricate the vagina or conditions such as vaginismus, infections, endometriosis, ectopic pregnancy, menopause or STDs. Your gynaecologist will establish the root cause of the condition and advice on a suitable intervention. For instance, counselling, pelvic floor exercises and dilation training are sure ways to deal with vaginismus. 

Low Libido

If you no longer have an interest in sex, then it is time to visit your gynaecologist. The professional will conduct thorough background checks to establish the cause of your condition. For example, it could be emotional distress, drugs, medication, underlying illnesses or fatigue. Hormonal imbalances in women could also cause disinterest in sex. Your gynaecologist will recommend suitable interventions such as counselling or medicines to cure the condition. 

When choosing a gynaecologist, examine the professional's experience and specialisation. Additionally, consider gynaecologists who offer support services such as sending newsletters or holding women's seminars. The gender of the gynaecologist could also be a significant concern due to cultural or religious beliefs. 

Gynaecologists treat vaginal infections, painful periods, sexual discomfort, low libido and other female reproductive or sexual conditions. Remember to consider the recommended tips when hiring a gynaecologist.