Gynaecology is the practice of medicine which specializes in the treatment of women’s reproductive organs. A gynaecological disorder is a condition that affects the female reproductive organs: breasts, womb (uterus), ovaries, fallopian tubes, vagina and vulva.
Virtually every woman will suffer a gynaecological condition at some stage in her life. In some case, it will be minor and treatable, but for others their condition may have critical consequences that can impact their ability to have children and even, with some illnesses, threaten their life.
What Are The Most Common Symptoms?
Gynaecological disorder symptoms vary according to the condition. The most common symptoms which indicate a problem are:
- Bleeding between Periods
- Increased Vaginal Discharge
- Frequent or urgent burning sensation during urination
- Sores or Lumps in the genital area
- Pain or Discomfort during intercourse
- Pain or Pressure in the Pelvis that differs from Menstrual Cramps
- Itching, Burning, Swelling, Redness or Soreness in the Vaginal area
- Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding during or after intercourse
- Vaginal Discharge with an unpleasant color and/or unusual odor
Common Gynaecological Disorder Which Causes Infertility
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- Breast Cancer
- Endometrial Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Cervical Cancer
- Vulva Cancer
- Vaginal Cancer
What Are The Most Common Gynaecological Problems?
Painful Intercourse: Some women experience symptoms of painful intercourse, this is called dyspareunia; the causes of painful intercourse vary from physical problems to psychological ones.
Pelvic Pain: Common causes of pelvic pain include ovarian cysts, endometriosis and uterine fibroids. But in general pelvic pain signals a problem with one of the organs located in the area such as the: ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, uterus, vagina, rectum or lower intestines.
STDs: Sexual Transmitted Diseases can cause all sorts of gynaecologic issues: chancroid, crabs, gonorrhea, genital herpes, Chlamydia, genital warts and HPV virus.
Pelvic Disorders: Generally it refers to any disorder of the pelvic region. Other common pelvic disorders:
- Bowel Disorders
- Uterine Fibroids
- Uterine Prolapse
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Urinary Incontinence
Vaginitis: Vaginitis literally means ‘inflammation’ and is characterized by burning and itching around the vulva and the presence of a strong smelling discharge. The most common types of vaginitis are yeast infections, trichomoniasis and bacterial vaginosis. It is usually caused by an infection or poor diet.
Vulvodynia: The symptoms of vulva pain are characterized by burning, stinging or sharp pain in the vulva. Causes of this pain include yeast infections and HPV infections to the area. All chronic vulva pain does not appear to an obvious cause but is grouped under the general diagnosis.
Diagnosis and Treatment:
There is no need to be nervous about your first visit. The gynaecologist will ask a few questions about you and your family to understand if you have a history of illness and will ensure your safety and privacy during the exam.
During your visit your gynaecologist will go through the usual check up items like weighing and measuring your blood pressure. After your gynaecological exam, your doctor will talk with you about your results and if there are any problems, your doctor will discuss your options.
While vaginal bleeding and discharge is a normal part of your menstrual cycle, if you notice anything unusual or different don’t hesitate to contact Clinica Hispana La Paz at anytime. A gynaecology clinic and your gynaecologist is here to help you. Most conditions are easily treatable if detected early, but if left unchecked it can develop into something worse with more critical conditions like infertility or kidney disorders.
Visit your family health care clinic in Nashville for any gynaecological problems or simply give Clinica Hispana La Paz a call today. 615.627.1282.