Doctors and hospitals always petrified me. I still remember the first time I visited a gynecologist who made me experience the most embarrassing moment of my life! I had been suffering from this inexplicable pain down my abdomen with irregular bleeding and after tolerating it for about a week, I said, That’s it! I am getting this checked out. Trust me it was so stressful, laying down with your legs wide open, wondering what’s going on down there.
But I am happy I decided to take the test because the mortifying 900 seconds of my life led to the conclusion that I have dysmenorrhea which means “painful menstrual periods.” After proper doctor’s consultation, I started taking NSAIDs (Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) for some time and later on switched to herbal remedies like chamomile. Vitamin E supplements, fennel seeds and so on. Believe it or not, I have been feeling much better ever since the treatment; the pain just disappeared, like it didn’t even exist in the first place.
Now, let’s get back to business. We have all suffered from some kind of ‘girl problem’ once in our life time, but there’s nothing to worry about. Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, MD, who is a clinical professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive sciences at the Yale University School of Medicine states,
“There’s no need to panic. Almost every woman has some female health issue at some point. It is just a matter of when and catching it early so you can take the necessary steps to restore your sexual health.”Advertisement
Though there’s no need to panic, it’s always better to visit your doctor because a check up down there can uncover a lot of conditions, from pre-cancerous cervical cells to infertility. But most of us ignore the appointment, just because of the embarrassment but unless your doctor gets his/her hands dirty, you won’t find out what’s going down there. Until then, see these five serious vaginal health problems that are potential life risks.
CDC states, “Most people with genital herpes don’t even know they have it.” Well, this clearly shows that, us ladies, might be at risk of getting infected from one. Not only this, a recent study by the World Health Organisation (WHO) showed 67% of the worlds population under 49 (or 3.7 million people) have been exposed to herpes virus HSV-1, with an additional 417 million aged 15 to 49 exposed to HSV-2. Herpes has become a social stigma due to which we don’t even talk about it, let alone get a test. Hence, doctors must recommend regular herpes testing for everyone because about one-third of sexually active people have been exposed to herpes.
For those who don’t know what vulvodynia is, it is a chronic pain around the vulva, the opening of your vagina which could even last for three months! Yes, you read that right, THREE MONTHS! Most women go about ignoring the pain, irritation and burning sensation. It can make your periods worse, and let’s not even mention the SEX. It won’t be as pleasing as you want it to be. It’s a serious condition as it can be a leading sign of yeast and bacterial infections, even precancerous skin conditions, herpes, genitourinary syndrome, herpes and diabetes. That being the case, it’s no shame to seek immediate help from your gynecologist.
HPV(Human Papillomavirus) is common in men and women who are sexually active. Annually, about 14 million patients are diagnosed of HPV and it’s not something that goes by without any concern. HPV can lead to cancers, genital warts and other infections. Although there’s no ultimate cure to the disease, safe and effective HPV vaccinations are available to prevent the disease.
4. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Unlike other disorders, mentioned above, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is another common endocrine disorder among women around the globe. The incidence of this disorder is increasing at a fast rate and the diagnosis is also getting better. The condition is due to hormonal imbalance that leads to irregular periods and even infertility. If the condition goes untreated, it can even contribute to serious health problems like irregular ovulation, diabetes, ovarian cancer and heart diseases. But ladies, don’t panic as this disorder can be treated with simple over the counter medicines like birth control pills and other hormone supplements.
Chlamydia is another serious yet common reproductive disease and the reason why we’re enlisting it here is that the disease is asymptomatic, which means there aren’t any early signs and symptoms of this disease! Women with chlamydia are likely to be developing sterility or tubal damage without any symptoms. Therefore, it’s a serious case and it’s really important to see your gynecologist regularly. If you do test positive for chlamydia, it is easily curable with one dose of antibiotics. So, dear ladies, it’s not too late to make a call and get an appointment with your doctor!
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