If you notice anything out of the ordinary “out there” or something wrong, you may be wondering if it’s time to see a gynecologist. There is no need to feel uncomfortable or embarrassed asking questions when visiting your OB/GYN.
“No questions are off limits during visits with our patients,” said Amy Farrell, MD, OB/GYN with Norton Women’s Care – Bardstown. “We encourage them to be completely honest with us. This means that we can better monitor their health or detect any potential problems early. »
5 signs you need to see a gynecologist
You should see a gynecologist if you have irregular bleeding or spotting between periods. Sometimes it’s a side effect of birth control, but it can also signal other gynecological problems, such as infection, fibroids, cysts, or in rare cases, cancer. If you are pregnant, your OB/GYN will want to follow up on your symptoms and make sure this is not a sign of a complication or miscarriage. If you have missed or irregular periods, your provider can check for health conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or confirm pregnancy. It is important to consult early if you become pregnant.
If your cramps are very painful, you suffer from extreme bloating, or your symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) include intense mood swings, see the OB/GYN. Your healthcare professional can suggest ways to relieve your symptoms or check for any underlying pelvic health issues, such as fibroids or endometriosis.
Vaginal discharge is normal, but if you notice a sudden change in the consistency or amount of discharge, and especially if you smell foul or fishy, it’s time to see your gynecologist. You could have a bacterial infection, a yeast infection, or a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
If you experience pain during or after sex, your OB/GYN needs to know. Symptoms of painful intercourse may include vaginal dryness and swelling, itching or burning. Pain may be felt at the opening of the vagina or deeper pain during penetration.
If you don’t like your current form of birth control or want to explore your options for birth control methods, your provider can help you find the best form of birth control for you and minimize potential side effects.