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Things you should always tell you Gynaecologist

Things you should always tell you Gynaecologist
Dr. Dhivya, Consultant - Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Kauvery Hospitals Electronic City (Bengaluru)
Gynaecologist appointments are important for every woman to keep up good health. When it comes to sexual and reproductive health, it can be better to know what is normal and what may be a sign of a potential health problem. Even if you feel embarrassed about certain issues, your gynaecologist has seen,heard it all and is there to help you, not to judge you . Be transparent and speak verbally, openly about your intimate problem to get better solution and treatment.
Speak to your gynaecologist if you experience any of the following at your next appointment.
Vaginal order: Slight vaginal odour is normal, but if it turns fishy, pungent, foul it may be due to infection. Vaginal washes decrease it, but cause complicated medical problem. These issues are treatable hence mention your gynaecologist.
Vaginal itching: It is uncomfortable and painful. It can be reason for infection, menopause, sexually transmitted disease but in worst cases, it can be symptoms of vulval cancer. Correct diagnosis helps to treat, so do not hesitate to tell your gynaecologist.
Vaginal discharge: A little is normal during ovulation. If it is excess causing inconvenience or associated with itching, irritation, pain, redness or vaginal swelling, foul smell indicates a call of concern.
Bumps or swelling around vagina: It can occur because of injury, constant standing, excessive strain etc. At times it is due to yeast infection, allergy, cyst, STD which needs to be addressed sooner.
Painful sex: Experiencing pain or discomfort during sex is never fun. Sometimes using a lubricant, switching position, lot of foreplay helps. If that doesn’t solve it could be because of infection, skin condition etc. It is treatable hence share with your gynaecologist.
Bleeding after sex: Many bleed once in a while but If it becomes regular, talk to your gynaecologist. It may be sign of infection, inflammation, in worst case it can be precancerous condition.
Pain and cramps during periods: A little pain and cramps are normal. But if it interferes with your daily life, do not turn a blind eye as there can be underlying fibroid, endomitosis, adenomyosis which needs treatment.
Irregular periods: It can be a result of hormonal imbalance, stress, diet change, pregnancy, infection etc. It is common to have disturbed cycle once in a while, but if it is continuous it needs to be addressed. Gynaecologist can diagnose and treat it.
Urinary and faecal leakage: Normally occurs after menopause, pregnancy and child birth also causes it. Common reason is looseness and loss of firmness of vagina. It is treatable medically and surgically.
Bleeding after menopause: Even if it is once , tell your gynaecologist as it is important to rule out cancer.
Low libido: Can be caused by medication, side effect of an underlying medical condition, nature of women’s sexuality, share it and get treated.
Your pregnancy plan: Even if you’re not planning or getting pregnant soon, still talk to your doctor about fertility and pregnancy plan, otherwise it will be too late until you realise you have fertility problem.
Don’t hide your family’s medical history or your medical condition like diabetes, hypertension, cancer, etc. Do not forget to tell the medication and herbal preparation you are taking, as it helps in diagnosing, treating underlying condition easily. Speak about sexual abuse, domestic violence as they are first point of contact.
Bringing these symptoms up to your gynaecologist help you pinpoint the cause early on and get proper treatment.

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