When to See a Gynecologist
In addition to your annual well-woman visit, you should see a gynecologist if you notice unusual lumps or bumps or if you experience:
- Pelvic, vaginal, or vulvar pain or pressure
- Frequent or heavy uterine bleeding and/or cramping
- Unusual vaginal discharge
- Vaginal itching, redness, or soreness
- Urinary or fecal incontinence or discomfort
- Painful sex
- Vaginal dryness
These symptoms may suggest a gynecological condition that could affect your health and fertility. While some women delay medical care because they are embarrassed to discuss their symptoms, it's important for you to know that treatment is available to cure common gynecological conditions.
Early Diagnosis, Early Treatment
Your gynecologist will perform a comprehensive exam and conduct a series of tests that may include an ultrasound or a biopsy to diagnose the source of your discomfort. These and other tests can also help your gynecologist determine if a more serious condition is present. An early diagnosis can ensure you receive effective treatment as quickly as possible to minimize any impact on your reproductive and overall health.