Velocity Care explores the signs and symptoms of some of the most common women’s health issues
A woman’s body is an amazing thing, capable of bringing life into the world. However, along with this amazing capability come health issues that are specific to women alone. Learn more about four of the most common gynecological issues and their symptoms.
Common gynecological problems
- Menstrual issues.
It is very common for a woman to experience some type of complication with her monthly period, also known as menstruation, at some point in her lifetime. Irregular periods, heavy bleeding, severe premenstrual symptoms or painful cramping are all common issues. A physician can treat many of these symptoms with prescription medications; however, sometimes the symptoms may be a sign of a more serious condition such as a fibroid, endometriosis, uterine polyps or, in rare and severe cases, possibly cancer.
- Yeast infections.
Yeast infections affect 3 out of 4 women in their lifetime. The infection is triggered by the candida fungus, which can cause itching and redness in the genital area. It can also produce a thick, white discharge. Most yeast infections are treatable with an over-the-counter topical preparation or a single-dose oral tablet.
- Urinary tract infections.
Although also seen in men, urinary tract infections occur much more commonly in women. These infections are a result of bacteria entering the urethra causing it to become infected. This type of infection can also spread up to the bladder or kidneys. Common symptoms include painful urination, blood in the urine, a frequent urge to urinate and, in more severe cases, lower back pain, fever and nausea.
- Urinary incontinence.
Many women experience incontinence, and it becomes much more common after childbirth and as women age. Weak or overactive bladder muscles or damage to specific nerves are often the causes of incontinence, but in most cases, a doctor can easily treat it.
When to see your doctor
A regular visit to your health care provider is important for good gynecological health. Your physician can treat any current issues, ensure early detection of any diseases and help prevent future illnesses from occurring. Doctors recommend a yearly exam for women’s health. This visit should include certain cancer screenings, depending on the age of the woman. A regular visit will allow you to ask any questions or bring up any issues that you may be experiencing. If you notice any changes in your period or have any concerns, you should visit your doctor immediately.
If you have questions about women's health issues or would like a women’s health exam, visit a Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center today. Our walk-in clinics have a staff of fully qualified doctors who place your health as their first priority.
Photo credit: 123RF Stock Photo
This site offers medical, health, fitness and nutritional information and is designed for educational purposes only. General information found on this website is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your health care professional.