Vaginal Discharge to Infertility: Signs to Call Your OBGYN
Seeing your gynecologist every year for a pelvic exam and Pap smear is an ideal way to stay healthy and combat the risk of female-related health problems. But sometimes, you might experience symptoms that require an extra visit to the gynecologist outside of your annual appointments such as vaginal discharge or postcoital bleeding.
Staying on top of your health is important, which is why it’s wise to contact your gynecologist immediately if things feel amiss with your body or reproductive health. Here are five signs that you should call your gynecologist and make an appointment at your earliest convenience.
1. Unusual vaginal discharge
Some discharge throughout your menstrual cycle is considered healthy and normal such as discharge during ovulation. This should appear clear in color and have the consistency of egg whites. However, vaginal discharge unusual in odor and color should be discussed with your gynecologist. In many cases, unusual discharge can indicate a yeast or bacterial infection.
2. Pelvic pain
Menstruation is sometimes accompanied by symptoms such as bloating and cramps. However, major pelvic pain could indicate a more serious health condition. Uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, and ectopic pregnancy are all serious conditions that can trigger severe pelvic pain.
3. Fertility problems
If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for at least one year, there may be an underlying health reason as to why you’re not conceiving. Therefore, mention your concerns with your gynecologist. They can perform an exam and basic fertility testing to discover what might be the cause. Based on your test findings, you can begin fertility treatments or work with a fertility expert. Additionally, fertility experts can help you improve your reproductive health.
4. Urinary incontinence, or strong urges to urinate
If you’ve had an accident, or experience frequent strong urges to urinate, you may have a pelvic floor disorder – even if you’ve never been pregnant or given birth. Consult with your gynecologist about your strong urges to urinate and ask about available treatments.
5. Unusual or unexpected bleeding
Bleeding during intercourse, bleeding after menopause, or bleeding consistently between periods could indicate a number of conditions, such as endometriosis, hormone imbalance, fibroids, cervical polyps, endometrial cancer, or cervical cancer. If you have unusual or unexpected bleeding, call your gynecologist as soon as possible to rule out serious health problems.
Don’t hesitate to ask your gynecologist about any unusual symptoms or changes in your body, even if you’re feeling shy. The board-certified physicians at Women’s Care are committed to making you feel comfortable discussing your health concerns so you can receive the treatment you need. To find a physician or for more information about your health, contact us to schedule an appointment.