Is Your Body Saying "Go To The OBGYN?"

Gynecologists are doctors who care for women's reproductive and genital health care needs. Since these organs and systems are sometimes a little awkward to talk about, women do not always know what is normal and what is not. This is unfortunate since, for so many gynecological issues, early diagnosis and treatment are vital. So, what are some signs that your body is saying "go to the OBGYN?" Take a look: 

Pelvic Pain and Cramps

Do you struggle with uterine and pelvic cramping, either during your period, beforehand, or at some other point in your cycle? Many women grow up being told that cramping is normal, or that it's something they just have to deal with as a woman. But often, cramping can be a sign of something more sinister. It may mean you have endometriosis, which is the growth of the uterine lining outside of the uterus. It may also mean you have PCOS, a condition that causes cysts to form on the ovaries. There is a chance that the cramping you have is just "normal," but it is always a good idea to be seen by an OBGYN to rule out any more serious conditions before you jump to this conclusion.

Excessive Bleeding

Every woman's period is different. Some women bleed more than others. But if your flow is so heavy that you have trouble containing it, have to change your pad or tampon hourly, or become weak because you're losing a lot of blood, this should raise some alarms. Heavy bleeding often points toward a hormonal imbalance or cysts. A gynecologist should run a few tests to figure out what's going on. There are many things they can do for abnormal bleeding, from prescribing hormones to minimally invasive surgeries. There's no good reason for you to go on suffering.

Unusual Discharge

Vaginal discharge should be white or clear. It may take on a slightly yellow or cream color sometimes. But any color other than these is a sign you should call the gynecologist. You should also call them if your discharge takes on an overly thick or chunky texture. These symptoms often indicate an infection, which may or may not be sexually transmitted. Early treatment is key, regardless of the organism causing the infection.

Is your body saying "go to the OBGYN?" If so, you really need to listen. Gynecological treatments are widely available, and they can save you from ongoing suffering.