A common reason you might visit our women’s health clinic is for gynecological care. This is a type of women’s health care that primarily addresses your reproductive organs, though we can discuss your health as a whole to help you feel like your best self. In addition to regular gynecological checkups and preventative care during your annual well woman appointment, you may also need to make an appointment for certain gynecological symptoms. Let’s talk about some of the symptoms that signal it’s time to see our team for a gynecological visit.
Our women’s health care providers are here to help you get the health care you need. This includes gynecological services. Most women start getting a gynecological exam in their teens and continue to do so yearly throughout their lives. This helps with early detection for many uncomfortable and potentially life-threatening conditions. It can also help you feel your best at each phase of your life, from pre-menopause to post-menopause.
Yet, many women delay visiting their providers when they notice changes in their gynecological health. We understand. You live a busy life, and some people feel embarrassed to talk about their symptoms. However, it’s important that you do visit our women’s health clinic if you notice any gynecological symptoms or changes. This can help us identify and treat the issue early. Our team is dedicated to making your appointment as comfortable and convenient as possible. As a clinic run by women for women, we will listen to your symptoms and provide quality care for your concerns.
It can be easy to dismiss your gynecological symptoms in some cases. This is a common reason why women wait to see our women’s health care providers. Symptoms may not seem very urgent at the time, but they are often the first sign of trouble. Without treatment, symptoms do tend to get worse, as do the underlying conditions causing them. Therefore, it’s best to make an appointment at our women’s health clinic as soon as you notice any symptoms. Here are common signs that you should visit our team for gynecological care:
One gynecological symptom that many women ignore is abnormal vaginal bleeding. While it’s usually not caused by a serious condition, it’s still important to get an exam to make sure. Abnormal vaginal bleeding may be a side effect of hormonal birth control, but it can also point to more serious conditions. For instance, abnormal bleeding can also be a symptom of hormone changes, pelvic infections, cysts, fibroids, or polyps. It can also be an early warning sign of gynecological cancer. While this is less common, many studies show that a majority of women with gynecological cancer had abnormal vaginal bleeding. Therefore, it’s important to visit our women’s health clinic for any bleeding that’s out of the ordinary, including any vaginal bleeding after menopause.
For many women, periods are uncomfortable. Cramps, bloating, headaches, and mood changes are all common symptoms you might experience during your menstrual cycle. However, if you’re experiencing severe pain or PMS symptoms that interfere with everyday life, then you should talk to one of our women’s health care providers. Extreme period symptoms can be due to a number of health conditions, such as premenstrual dysphoric disorder or endometriosis.
Changes in discharge can also be a sign it’s time to get gynecological care. Some amount of discharge is normal. It’s how your vagina cleans itself. However, if you notice changes in the smell, amount, or texture of your discharge, it might signal a health issue, like a vaginal infection. Any time you notice a foul odor, significant increases in the amount of discharge you have, or if the discharge looks green, yellow, thick, or cottage cheese texture, see one of our providers.
If you notice any bumps, lumps, or lesions on the vulva, this can also be a sign of an underlying health condition. Many women chalk small bumps up to ingrown hairs or another minor issue. However, they can be an early symptom of something more concerning, including sexually transmitted infections, skin infections, cysts, or, more rarely, vulvar cancer.
Another sign to visit our women’s health clinic for gynecological services is if you notice any pain, swelling, redness, or itching in the vagina or on the vulva. These generally indicate some type of inflammation in the area, which may be due to many different things. For instance, you might have these issues if you have a sexually transmitted infection, a vaginal infection, or even an allergic reaction to condoms or other materials that come in contact with your vulva and vagina.
Unfortunately, many women tolerate painful sex without getting gynecological care for their symptoms. If you frequently experience pain during sex, this can also be a sign of a bigger issue. For some, it may be simply vaginal dryness, which is common during menopause, which can be treated with hormone therapy or vaginal lubricants. However, painful sex can also indicate things like endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, or vaginal infections. Our women’s health care providers are here to help identify and treat underlying causes so you can have a more enjoyable and fulfilling sex life.
Any time you notice changes in your menstrual cycle, you should talk to your doctor about it. Depending on your age, it may be a sign of perimenopause. Stress can also cause changes in your cycle. However, it’s important to discuss your symptoms with our providers. If you notice that your period is longer, shorter, heavier, or has stopped, it’s a good idea to make an appointment. In addition, if your cycles become shorter than 21 days or longer than 35 days, this is also a sign to get a gynecological exam and discuss your symptoms with our team.
Pelvic pressure or pain that is different from period cramps is another symptom that many women ignore. However, there are treatments available depending on the cause. For instance, if it’s primarily due to tight muscles, we may recommend different exercises to help relax those muscles. Pelvic pain can also be a warning sign of pelvic inflammatory disease, fibroids, ovarian cysts, and other health issues.
Our team at HerKare is dedicated to providing quality health care solutions for women. If you need gynecological services for preventative care or for concerning symptoms, our providers are here to help with diagnosis, treatment, and treatment optimization. Our team offers holistic health care for women to address your well-being as a whole and help you feel your best.