I think it’s safe to say that once we become mothers we tend to focus on our children and their health so much more than our own. For most of us if our kids show even a hint of a sore throat or any kind ache or pain, we don’t hesitate to bring them to the doctor to make sure that everything is ok. However, it seems that our limbs have to be falling off or we have to struggle to pull ourselves out of bed before we’ll make an appointment for ourselves! I know I’m not the only mother like this!
There are certain things that we should never, ever ignore though, and maintaining good gynaecological health is very important for every woman. I may suffer through flu’s and back pains and minor issues at home without seeing a doctor, but I always make sure I get a PAP smear once a year.
Marie Claire magazine spoke to Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Yale School of Medicine, and Alyssa Dweck, M.D., snd author of V Is for Vagina about what sort of symptoms are definite red flags that you should see your gyno right away.
Among the common issues that should make you see your gyno immediately (but that many of us probably ignore for longer than we should)
If your period stops
Wild guess, but your first thought was probably, “I’m pregnant.” And obviously, you’d be right…in some instances. Aside from a bun in the oven, MIA periods could be a reaction to stress, hormonal imbalances, or even ovarian syndrome. For women suffering an eating disorder, this phenomenon can be prevalent.
If your pee burns
Chances are your urethra is infected, causing a urinary tract infection (UTI). They’re a pain (literally) to deal with, but your gyno can help you get over them quickly.
If you pee a lot or notice leakage
Typically, frequent trips to the bathroom or some spotting could be an indication of a low-grade UTI or just an overactive bladder . In rare cases, excessive peeing could also be an early sign of diabetes.
You can read the full list on Marie Claire’s site, and although these might seem like common sense to some people, others often feel embarrassed or nervous to discuss personal private issues with anyone, even a doctor.
So while it might be uncomfortable to have these discussions your doctor is there to address any problems you may have and it’s really for the benefit of your own health to ensure you’re taking care of you as much as you’d take care of your kids!