Visiting your OBGYN is something you know you have to do on an annual basis, but there are times when you may feel like something about your body doesn’t seem exactly right. Whenever you have womanly concerns that a gynecologist may be able to help you sort out, you shouldn’t hesitate to call or make an appointment. Minor symptoms sometimes indicate major problems.
The best gynecologist will encourage you to be proactive with your health and knows you are the person who is most familiar with your own body. When you have any of these seven signs and feel like something might be wrong, it’s time to see your gynecologist.
1 - Pain or Burning with Urination
Pain or burning when you urinate may indicate a urinary tract infection (UTI). Women are more susceptible than men for developing UTIs. You may also have a fever or even blood in your urine. Have your gynecologist evaluate your symptoms and determine what is causing them and how to treat them.
2 - Menstrual Irregularities
Whenever your menstrual cycle seems different than normal or if it stops showing up at all, see your gynecologist. It could simply be caused by hormonal imbalances or stress, but it could also be a sign of ovarian problems. Ignoring menstrual irregularities could lead to reproductive problems in the future.
3 - Sores or Blisters on Genitals
A blister or sore on your genitals could be a sign that you have been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection. There are also other possible causes of sores that are not sexually transmitted, but often sores or blisters won’t go away without medical intervention, so have your gynecologist check them out.
4 - Vaginal Itching or Discharge
Itching, discharge or a foul odor could indicate a bacterial infection, yeast infection or possibly a sexually transmitted infection. Most of the time, this type of problem won’t go away on its own. It’s important to have your gynecologist evaluate your symptoms so that you can be treated appropriately.
5 - Pelvic Pain or Lower Abdominal Pain
There are a variety of possible causes of pelvic pain or lower abdominal pain. Some causes of pelvic pain include endometriosis, fibroid tumors, ovarian cysts and ectopic pregnancy. You may also have a condition called pelvic inflammatory disease.
Pain and discomfort of any kind are the body’s way of letting you know that something is wrong. Have your gynecologist determine what's causing your discomfort and what can be done about it.
6 - Painful Intercourse
Some of the same problems that cause pelvic pain, in general, can also cause pain during intercourse. For some women, using lubrication is all that is needed to make sex less painful. If that doesn’t give you relief, your gynecologist can look into other possible causes, which could include endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease or infections, to name just a few possible causes. Your doctor will be the best person to find the solution to this problem.
7 - Breast Pain or Abnormalities
Any abnormalities in your breasts should be checked out by your gynecologist. This includes breast pain or discomfort, lumps, and discharge or bloody discharge from your breasts. Another reason to call your doctor is if you notice any changes in the nipples such as crusty or scaly skin. Redness, swelling or warmth are other signs that should be reported to your doctor.
You will most likely be the first person to notice changes in your own body that others may not. Your gynecologist will help you figure out whether there is anything to be worried about. Don’t try to ignore symptoms that are in any way concerning to you.
If you’d like to see a gynecologist at NSAGO, please contact us at our Wilmette or Glenview locations.