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Five important health concerns women must discuss with their gynecologists

Dr Vaishali Joshi, senior obstetrician and gynecologists at Kokilaben Ambani Hospital shares five basic yet important concerns that a woman must visit a gynecologist for and get it treated

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |
August 26, 2021 9:10:58 am
gynaecologistAlways check with your gynaecologist at regular intervals. (Source: Getty Images/Thinkstock)

A woman goes through various hormonal changes in her life. While some of it is deemed normal, there comes a time when certain concerns need to be addressed and further discussed with a healthcare expert.

Dr Vaishali Joshi, a senior obstetrician and gynecologist at Kokilaben Ambani Hospital shares five basic yet important concerns that a woman must visit a gynaecologist for and get it treated.

Painful periods

It is also called dysmenorrhoea. If pain incapacitates women to abstain from work or affects their quality of life then it needs to be investigated. Clinical examination by and pelvic sonography is required before definitive treatment is offered.

Vaginal discomfort or pain

This may be due to multitude of reasons. It may be due to vaginal infection or urine infection or boil in skin near lips of the vagina (vulva). Occasionally there may be vaginal discharge or itching. Over the counter medicines usually do not work as correct treatment by the doctor is necessary to treat it.

women health, gynaecologist Consult your gynaecologist if you are facing these issues. (Source: Pixabay)

Bleeding after sex or bleeding in between two periods

It can be a warning sign of sexually transmitted infections (STI), also called as pelvic inflammatory disease or cervical cancer or infection. Clear visualisation of the lower genital organs is required along with specific tests such as Pap smear test, Chlymadia test to make the diagnosis. STIs and early cancer of the cervix (neck of the womb) can be treated completely if detected early.

Urine leakage

It is very embarrassing socially and hence, most women find it difficult to open up about urinary leakage. It usually happens while coughing or sneezing or exercising or when one has a strong urge to pass urine and leakage occurs before one reaches the toilet. Sometimes it can be associated with involuntary leakage of watery stools or gas from the back passage. These problems need to be assessed early by a specialist so that correct exercises, bladder training treatments can be started to prevent progression of the issue.

Lump or swelling in the breast

Any lump or bump in the breast or discharge through the nipple should be taken seriously. The clinical examination by the doctor is essential so that further testing by sonography or mammography can be carried out to ascertain the nature of the lump. Hence, it’s very important to do self-breast examination every month by every woman.

📣 The above article is for information purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional for any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.

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