The female body goes through many changes as we age. It starts when we enter puberty and continues through menopause. While some changes are common and no reason to be alarmed, others can be worrying. The following five gynecological symptoms should never be ignored.
- Painful Intercourse
Intercourse should be a pain-free experience. Some causes may be minor, like dryness and a lack of lubrication. Others are far more concerning, like ovarian cancer. If you notice chronic pain during sex, it’s time to contact your gynecologist for an appointment.
- Chronic Bloating
Many women experience bloating just before menstruation. This is normal. However, if you experience excessive bloating that doesn’t go away, then there may be a problem. Ovarian cysts can cause this condition. Bloating can also happen as a result of ovarian cancer.
- Unexplained Fatigue
Daily life can be tiring. It’s okay to feel exhausted every now and again, but you should not feel this way all the time. Chronic fatigue is another symptom of illness, including cancer. This happens because cancer cells consume much of the energy supply in the body.
- Sudden Weight Loss
Sudden weight loss is another indication that something may be wrong. If you have dropped 10 pounds or more and have not changed your diet or activity level, then you should seek medical advice right away. Many types of cancer or a thyroid problem can cause weight loss.
- Unexplained Pain
Pelvic pain is an early symptom of cancer. Ovarian cancer is often linked to abdominal pain. Uterine cancer can be accompanied by pain and pressure. If you experience chronic pain in the same region for more than four weeks, you should talk to a doctor.
An OB/GYN can assess your condition and provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment options. Not all causes are life-threatening, but it’s important to act quickly, so you know what is happening to your body. Call your Women’s Health and Menopause Center doctor today to make an appointment to discuss recent changes or to schedule a routine exam.