Some women glide right through menopause while others agonize for months or years with uncomfortable symptoms. Every woman is different so there is no way to tell how your own passage will affect you. If you are between 45 and 50, you may begin to notice 7 signs menopause may be beginning.
Even if you are not trying to get pregnant right now, it is always worthwhile to know if you have any risk factors that will affect your future ability to have children. Both men and women can have them, so let’s look at 8 potential risk factors or signs of infertility.
“What is causing my pelvic pain?” is a refrain we hear quite frequently at our offices in Rockville & Silver Spring. It can be an issue with the digestive, urinary, or reproductive system, and finding out the primary cause is the only way to reduce or eliminate the symptoms.
Premenstrual syndrome or PMS describes a variety of symptoms that occur a week or so before the onset of a woman’s period. Many women have tender breasts, become moody or irritable, and experience bloating and a number of other symptoms to some degree. Any symptom of PMS can vary from mild to severe and women may think they are all normal. This is not necessarily true because there are some serious conditions that are often mistaken for PMS.
Most young women begin to see a gynecologist in their teens and by the time they are in their 20s or 30s know the routine, know their bodies, and schedule annual visits. There are times, however, when abnormalities present themselves, and you wonder if you should see your doctor in between your normal visit. The answer is usually yes, and in case you’re in doubt, here are 11 signs you need to call your gynecologist.
Changes To Your Menstrual Flow
If your menstrual cycle has stopped, become irregular, the flow lasts too long, or if you have any changes in the flow, see your gynecologist. Be specific about what has changed.
Blood In Your Urine
If your urine looks pink or brown or if you have pain when urinating, make an appointment. It could be something harmless or short lived, but it is always better to have it checked out.
Bad Smelling Discharge
This symptom is usually sign of an infection. Do not think you can handle this at home, because most likely it will only get worse. Make an appointment and get a clinical diagnosis and proper treatment from Capital Women’s Care.
It could be something easily handled with antibiotics, but if not treated, could increase the risk of HIV.
Any New Lesion
Sometimes women experience ingrown pubic hair and it’s nothing serious, but it’s always best to be evaluated. A new sore or lesion could be a wart, herpes, or the beginning of a sexually transmitted disease. It is not something to ignore, so call your gynecologist immediately.
If it hurts or burns when you urinate, call Capital Women’s Care. In addition, other symptoms of concern include difficulty urinating, frequent urges, lower abdominal pain or no urination. These can all be signs of a UTI or urinary tract infection. Without proper treatment, it can quickly turn into a kidney infection with chills, nausea, vomiting and severe back pain.
Don’t delay in calling your gynecologist for proper treatment.
Occasionally, women can have pain during sexual intercourse. It may be due to vaginal dryness, a tear in the vagina, or an infection. Low estrogen can cause lack of lubrication, and this can occur during breastfeeding, while on a low dose birth control pill, or during perimenopause.
Unfortunately, painful sex might signify the development of uterine fibroids or endometriosis. See one of our providers at Capital Women’s Care to rule out these issues.
Long Lasting Pelvic Pain, Cramps, And Bloating
If it lasts longer than 2 weeks, you can rule out something you ate or from getting your period. Colitis, irritable bowel, large fibroids, and rarely cancer could be the culprit. Find out as soon as possible by scheduling an appointment.
Other reasons to see your gynecologist before your next routine visit include the following:
- Bleeding after menopause
- Consistent spotting after sex
- You lost a tampon
- Sharp pains in your pelvic area