The modern woman has to juggle between being an employee, a mother, a wife, a student, a friend and much more. With such a hectic daily schedule, it is easy for women to ignore medical symptoms since they don’t always have time to visit the doctor. But for the sake of your health and overall wellbeing, don’t ignore any of the below symptoms.
Pain during sex
Sex is meant to be enjoyed, not endured. Therefore, if you're suddenly experiencing pain during sex with your partner, then make it your responsibility to visit the doctor as soon as possible for proper diagnosis to be done. Several factors such as hormonal imbalance, infection, ovarian cyst, endometriosis and pelvic inflammatory disease could be behind painful sex, but only your doctor will be able to tell you the exact reason. Proper diagnosis and treatment will allow you to enjoy intimacy with your partner like you used to.
Breast changes such as discharge from nipples, a lump, scaliness of nipples or unevenness of skin color shouldn't be ignored as they could be early signs of cancer. It's therefore in your best interest to visit your doctor immediately if you’ve noticed any changes in your breasts so that proper diagnosis can be done.
As a woman, you probably already know your menstrual cycle well enough to tell when something is amiss. For instance, if suddenly you start spotting any bleeding (even minor one) between your periods, get longer and heavier bleeding, or miss your cycle altogether and you're not pregnant, it could be a sign of a serious health problem that requires medical attention. Call your doctor immediately, so you can be checked properly.
Burning sensation while urinating
A burning feeling when urinating is usually a sign of a urinary tract infection. If left untreated, it can result in more serious and costlier conditions like cystitis. So, get yourself checked if you suddenly start feeling like you're burning while urinating. Getting treated early will save you lots of money in the long run.
Smelly vaginal discharge
If your vaginal discharge suddenly has a foul smell, it may be a warning sign of an underlying medical problem, including an STI. Don’t resort to self-diagnosis and over-the-counter drugs only because you're embarrassed to speak about the delicate problem with your gynecologist. It's best to seek professional help so that the problem can be treated properly once and for all.
If you're having any of the above symptoms currently, visit your doctor for a proper medical checkup, and perhaps treatment, before it's too late.