Recognizing Gynecologic Problems
Gynecological signs and symptoms that may require medical attention
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 kidney damage. Vaginal symptoms may also be a sign of more serious problems, such as cancers of the reproductive tract.
Gynecological symptoms may resemble other medical conditions or urological problems. Always consult your health care provider for a diagnosis.
Consult your health care provider 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
Pain or pressure in your pelvis that differs from menstrual cramps
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
Recognizing symptoms early and seeing a health care provider right away increase the likelihood of successful treatment.
- Bowers, Nancy, RN, BSN, MPH
- Freeborn, Donna, PhD, CNM, FNP