8 Alarming Signs That You Need to Visit a Gynecologist ASAP
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If you experience pain, discomfort, or any other unpleasant symptom that is linked with your reproductive system, there is no reason to delay your gynecological exam. You should understand that the earlier you start the treatment, the more effective it will be. Unfortunately, many women don’t pay sufficient attention to their symptoms. This can result in severe complications like infertility, cancer, etc. In this article, we have gathered eight alarming signs that you need to visit a gynecologist ASAP.

1. You experience pelvic pain

Pelvic pain is deemed one of the most common symptoms that manifest certain malfunctions of the female reproductive system. It can be caused by many conditions including:

- Dysmenorrhea

- Endometriosis

- Adenomyosis

- Uterine fibroids

- Ovarian cysts

- Ovarian torsion

- Sexually transmitted infections

- Cervicitis

- Urinary tract infections

- Pelvic inflammatory disease

- Ectopic pregnancy

- Cancers of the female reproductive system. 

Due to the variety of conditions that can cause pelvic pain, it is important to avoid self-treatment. A professional gynecologist can easily recognize the underlying cause of your pain and perform effective treatment. 

2.  You experience fertility issues

Problems with fertility are common for many people since both men and women can be infertile. As for female infertility, it can be caused by various factors. The most common of them are hormonal issues (like PCOS or thyroid dysfunction), birth defects of the female reproductive system, various growth (like uterine fibroid and polyps), and many other conditions. Fortunately, many of these issues can be successfully treated.

3. You have severe periods

Even though pain during periods is familiar to many women of childbearing age, some of them can experience unbearable pain and cramps that interfere with their normal activities. In this case, it is better to contact your gynecologist and undergo a thorough examination. There are certain conditions (like endometriosis, uterine fibroids, etc.) that can make your pain unbearable.

4. You experience vaginal bleeding between periods

Vaginal bleeding between periods, also known as spotting, can occur because of many factors. For example, many women experience it during ovulation or implantation of the fertilized egg. In these cases, spotting is harmless. However, it can also manifest the development of cervical cancer, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and many other conditions.

5.  You have abnormal vaginal discharge

Vaginal discharge is a normal part of the menstrual cycle. They can become more sticky around ovulation and completely disappear before periods. But if your discharge has changed color, texture, or smell, it can be a sign of a certain infection like bacterial vaginosis, certain STDs, or yeast infection. To define the exact cause of your condition, you need to undergo a physical examination

6. You have missed periods

Many people think that pregnancy and menopause can be the only causes of missed periods. But there are a lot of other factors that can also affect your menstrual cycle. For example, if you are stressed, have gained or lost weight suddenly, or exercise excessively, you may stop ovulating that can result in missed periods. However, conditions like PCOS, primary ovarian insufficiency, thyroid dysfunction, and ectopic pregnancy can also make your periods disappear. 

7. You experience pain during sex

If you experience pain or discomfort during sex, it is better to make an appointment with your gynecologist as soon as possible. The point is that there are a lot of conditions that can make sex painful. The most common of them are:

- Vagoinal dryness

- Vaginismus

- Vaginitis

- Vulvodynia

- Cervicitis

- Sexually transmitted infections

- Pelvic inflammatory disease

- Cervical cancer

- Endometriosis

- Urinary tract infections

Many of these conditions can be easily cured while others require treatment to manage their symptoms. 

8. You have pelvic pressure

The feeling of pressure in the pelvic area can develop because of the developing tumor or another condition that leads to the increase of tissues. For example, women with ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids may experience pelvic pressure because of enlarged ovaries or big-sized tumors. Additionally, pressure in the pelvic area can be caused by adenomyosis in which the endometrial tissue grows inside the uterine walls and leads to its enlargement. 

The bottom line

In addition to the fact that all health issues should be evaluated by a doctor, regular gynecological check-ups are also important even if you don’t experience any symptoms. The truth is that there are a lot of gynecological conditions that can develop asymptomatically but cause severe complications. Timely diagnosis and proper treatment can help you avoid these complications. 

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