A woman’s reproductive health is as unique as she is, so it is very hard to publish “norms” and a list of “abnormal” flags. What can be said consistently for every woman is that if you have any doubts, you should always discuss them with your gynaecologist in Umhlanga.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
Here are some signs that should always warrant an appointment with your gynaecologist but as we said above, if you have doubts about any other factor, call us. We’re here to help.
Periods are expected to create uncomfortable cramps, breast tenderness, stiff shoulders, headaches and neck pain. For some women, it can be more severe. If your pain levels have increased, it is time to check in with us as it might be endometriosis or uterine fibroids.
Discharges & Smells
We understand that you might find it embarrassing to discuss discharges or odours, but as our bodies are biological organisms, they will create different smells and these are helpful with medical diagnosis. If your “normal” vaginal discharge and smell changes for a few days, then please come in for a visit. It could be a sign of bacterial growth or a change in your reproductive system.
Swellings, Bumps & Lumps
Swellings, bumps and lumps could be as simple as ingrown hair, a shaving nick or a minor cyst. These are rarely a cause for concern. Genital warts can present for a long time, but herpes can heal over 1 to 2 weeks. Let your gynaecologist be the one that makes the judgement call.
Pain During Intercourse
Pain during intercourse can be due to a few reasons, such as age, menopause, low estrogen due to long-term contraceptives, uncomfortable positions or insufficient foreplay. It can be solved with a new position, vaginal estrogen lubricant or other advice.
Temporary or long-term urinary or faecal incontinence can affect your quality of life. Menopause can exacerbate these symptoms. There are medical and surgical solutions available, so talk to us today.
Women sometimes expect themselves to be superheroes, so when you find your libido is lagging, be gentle with yourself. Consider if you are resting enough but also chat to us as a drop in libido can be due to medications, an undiagnosed medical condition or an expected side effect of another condition.
On the other hand, it can be due to stress or a stagnant relationship. We can help you find solutions that maintain a good quality of life.