Gynecologic symptoms

You need to take advice if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Bleeding between periods.
  • Frequent and urgent need to urinate, or a burning sensation during urination.
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding, particularly during or after intercourse.
  • Pain or pressure in your pelvis that differs from menstrual cramps, or persistent abdominal bloating.
  • Itching, burning, swelling, redness, or soreness in the vaginal area.
  • Sores or lumps in the genital area.
  • Vaginal discharge with an unpleasant or unusual odor, or of an unusual color.
  • Increased vaginal discharge.
  • Pain or discomfort during intercourse.

Gynecological Problems

When below-the-belt symptoms crop up, your first impulse is probably to slip into a pair of pajamas and curl up on the couch. Holing away for a night or two with menstrual pain is fine, but what if your symptoms last for weeks or even months? When it comes to gynecological issues, many women adopt a grin and bear it mentality. Often they're simply too embarrassed to tell anyone—even their doctors—about their problems. But left untreated, some can lead to more serious illnesses.

Vaginal bleeding and discharge are a normal part of your menstrual cycle prior to menopause. However, if you notice anything different or unusual, consult your health care provider before attempting to treat the problem yourself.

Symptoms may result from mild infections that are easy to treat. But, if they are not treated properly, they can lead to more serious conditions, including infertility or kidney damage. Vaginal symptoms may also be a sign of more serious problems, from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) to cancers of the reproductive tract.