Suffering from common gynecological conditions can be embarrassing, but it’s important to see your doctor if you develop symptoms because some of these diseases may lead to serious complications if left untreated.
One of the most recognized gynecological problems is a woman’s period, the normal monthly menstruation cycle meant to prepare the body for pregnancy. Some women have very light periods. Others experience heavy bleeding known as menorrhagia that may be caused by an underlying condition. Women are also susceptible to yeast infection from candida. Although this fungal disease is usually associated with vaginal symptoms, it does occasionally occur in men.
Sexually active men and women are at risk for common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including:
People who have sexual intercourse with multiple partners or who engage in risky sexual behaviors are more like to contract an STD.
Certain STDs can cause permanent damage to the reproductive system or other parts of the body and need to be treated immediately. Watch for symptoms such as bumps or warts in the area of your sexual organs, discharge from the penis or vagina, pain during sex, unusual vaginal bleeding, itching around the sex organs or unexplained skin rashes.
Yeast infections are more uncomfortable than serious and may present with pain during sex, a sore or red vaginal area, “cottage cheese” vaginal discharge or an itchy rash on or near the penis.
Many women experience cramping, bloating and mood swings during their periods. Slightly elevated body temperature and cravings for particular foods may also occur.
If you test positive for an STD, your doctor will prescribe an appropriate antibiotic. Yeast infections are usually treated using over-the-counter or prescription-strength antifungal creams. For women who suffer from painful menstruation, standard painkillers, herbal treatments, heating pads and light exercise are often recommended.
Gynecological problems can be treated quickly and discreetly at an urgent care center. The sooner you get diagnosed and put on the correct course of medication, the sooner the condition will clear up.