Gynaecological disorders could lead to some serious consequences for women, yet there seems to be a tendency to ignore the symptoms. Women are either embarrassed to discuss the issues with their doctor or simply think it is not that critical. Symptoms of Gynae disorders should not be ignored as they could be signs of some serious underlying conditions. To talk about the same we are joined by Dr Sangeeta Gomes, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Motherhood Hospitals.
Here Are 5 Symptoms Of Gynae Disorders That You Should Not Brush Off
1. Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding And Discharge
Bleeding and discharge are normal parts of your cycle, but unusual signs should be noted. If you notice bleeding between your periods, abnormal level of bleeding (either a lot or less), increased vaginal discharge, discharge having foul odour or different colour, you need to consult your doctor. These signs could be indicative of mild infections that can be treated, or they could also be symptoms of serious problems like fibroids, STDs like Chlamydia or Gonorrhea, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Endometriosis or Cancer of reproductive parts.
2. Problems While Urinating
Experiencing urinary problems like burning sensation or any other pain or discomfort could be a sign of UTI (Urinary Tract infection) or even sexually transmitted disease like Syphilis or Gonorrhea.
3. Pelvic Pain
If you experience pain in your lower abdomen or the pelvic region, you should get it examined. The dull throbbing pain could be an indication of a number of different disorders of the reproductive tract like ovarian cysts, PID (Pelvic inflammatory disease) or even appendicitis. This pain can even be subtle or mild, therefore it is better to be alert and get it checked even if symptoms are not that serious. Disregarding pelvic pain could lead to complications like Tubal infections, damage to ovaries and uterus and may also create fertility issues.
4. Vaginal Itching and Sores
Itching or burning in a sensitive area like the vagina or surrounding areas (labia, clitoris etc) can not only be extremely uncomfortable but also indicate infections or sexually transmitted diseases. The itching is often paired with redness, eruptions or lumps and soreness.
5. Loss of Bladder Control
Urinary Incontinence or loss of bladder control can be an uncomfortable and embarrassing topic to discuss. However, if you involuntarily leak urine when doing simple actions like laughing, sneezing or have a sudden urge to relieve yourself that you cannot even get to the restroom in time, it should be considered as a red flag. Physical underlying issues like tumours in the urinary tract, fibroids or cysts could be causing this. Consult your doctor if persistent urine leakage is disrupting your day-to-day life.
Apart from the symptoms mentioned above there are other signs of gynae disorders you should not ignore. One of the most important being the condition of the breasts. If you notice any lumps or discharge from your breasts, it is crucial to get them checked from a gynaecologist as they might indicate breast cancer. Then there are milder symptoms like hot flushes, vaginal dryness, which can be associated with menopausal issues. Gaining weight could also be a symptom of PCOS.
When Should You Visit A Doctor:
Regular visits to the gynaecologist are advisable irrespective of whether you are experiencing any of these symptoms. But the consultation becomes even more important when you start to notice these signs.
You could be tempted to ignore the symptoms as it is the easier option, but it is not advisable. Do not panic if you notice or experience one or more of the above-mentioned indications. Many of the conditions are treatable, your doctor will provide the necessary information and guidance. But if you ignore noticeable signs you could be putting your long-term health and fertility at risk. It is always better to get over the discomfort or embarrassment and get these issues checked to protect your health and overall well-being.