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5 Questions You Must Ask your Gynecologist

Updated on February 20, 2018

Even in a progressive metropolitan like Bangalore, women are still hesitant to discuss various “feminine” problems that they might face, even with their doctor. However, the key to good health and peace of mind is to know what you are experiencing and why, as well as what can make you feel better. Here’s a look at five common questions that women should seek answers to from a good gynecologist in Bangalore, rather than worrying and jumping to the wrong conclusions by themselves.

1.Why does it feel itchy down there?

Itching in and around the vaginal area is completely normal but can be highly discomforting if it occurs frequently. A razor burn, use of a harsh soap or wearing innerwear that is too tight can cause such itching. In many cases, a woman might experience itching due to hormonal changes, which results in thinning of the vaginal skin, which then becomes dry and itchy. However, itching can also be caused by a bacterial or yeast infection or even an STD. It is, therefore, recommended to visit a gynecologist without delay.

2.Why are my periods painful?

Pain and cramps are the major reasons why most women dread menstruation. During menstruation, the uterus contracts to help expel its lining. It is the hormone-like substances, called prostaglandins, that lead to pain and inflammation, since they trigger the uterine muscle contractions. Women experience more severe menstrual cramps when the levels of prostaglandins increase. However, you should know that extreme pain during periods can be a symptom of an underlying problem.

3.What's is the reason for vaginal discharge?

Although it can be highly disconcerting, vaginal discharge is a regular and completely normal occurrence in all women. Vaginal discharge is the vagina's own process of cleaning itself. If the vaginal discharge is clear and milky, stay assured that things are normal. However, if the discharge is chunky in consistency, yellow or green in colour or has a foul odour, it can be a sign of a bacterial or yeast infection.

4.How can I self-examine my breasts?

According to a report titled Call for Action: Expanding Cancer Care for Women in India, 2017, published on India Times on September 24, 2017, cancer among Indian women is estimated at 0.7 million, whereas cases between 1 and 1.4 million go undiagnosed or unreported each year. It thus becomes more than important that women learn the process of self-examining their breast from a good gynecologist, such as those in Bangalore.

5.Why do I experience pain during sex?

Pain during sex can be the result of some hormonal changes, an infection or side-effects of certain medications. During menopause, the vaginal walls becomes thin, which can also cause discomfort or pain during intercourse.

Communicating your problems to a gynecologist you can trust, to figure out the cause and find a treatment, is the best course of action in any of the above-mentioned cases.

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