If you’re like most women, taking care of yourself takes a back seat to responsibilities like work, kids, and relationships. For some women, that means suffering painful or unpleasant symptoms for months or years before scheduling an appointment. For others, daily life gets in the way of health screening that should be routine.
Delaying your care can lead to more serious problems later on. If you can relate to any of the scenarios below, you should make an appointment with your gynecologist in Queens or Nassau County as soon as possible.
You have pelvic pain
While it’s common to have some cramping during your period, intense pain during or outside of menstruation could indicate a problem. Pelvic pain can be caused by many different conditions and can indicate issues like infection, ovarian cysts, fibroids, or endometriosis. Rarely, pelvic pain can be a sign of malignancy (cancer). If you experience pelvic pain which interferes with work, intimacy, or your social life, you should talk to your gynecologist on Long Island. A delay in diagnosis could cause your condition to progress and your symptoms to worsen.
You haven’t had a recent breast exam
A breast exam is typically part of your well-woman visit, and includes a careful examination to check for any suspicious lumps. Your gynecologist is trained to recognize abnormal breast symptoms as well as abnormalities which can be felt in breast tissue. A yearly visit with your gynecologist is crucial for early detection of breast disease.
Women over 40 (and some younger women with risk factors) should also have an annual mammogram to screen for breast cancer. We’ll make sure you have an appropriate referral when we see you for your annual exam.
You haven’t had a Pap smear in a while
A Pap smear is a life-saving test: The Pap test screens for HPV infection and abnormal cells, which may indicate a precancerous or cancerous growths on the cervix. Even if you don’t have any symptoms or concerns, a regular visit to the gynecologist is essential for routine cancer screening.
You are sexually active, and you’re not ready for a baby
Any woman who is sexually active but prefers to avoid pregnancy should make an appointment with her gynecologist to discuss birth control options. Even women who are not sexually active but who suffer from heavy or painful periods can benefit from certain types of birth control. Your gynecologist can explain which type of birth control is right for you based on your needs.
At The Women’s Health Pavilion, we offer a wide range of birth control options. We’ll discuss your desires and concerns, and help you make a decision that’s right for you.
Your periods are heavy or irregular
Heavy periods, bleeding between periods, and prolonged bleeding with your period are not normal. Abnormal bleeding is not just a bummer, it can indicate serious problems. If you experience abnormal bleeding [/link], your gynecologist can examine you and order any necessary tests to identify the cause of your bleeding. Possible culprits could include a hormonal imbalance, uterine fibroids, polyps, or other issues with the reproductive organs.
You have blood in your urine
If you see pink or brownish urine, or if you have pain urinating, visit your gynecologist. This if often a sign of a urinary tract infection and if it’s not treated, it can spread and become more severe. Blood in the urine can also be a sign of more serious urinary issues, like stones, kidney disease, and cancer.
You have pain with sex
Sex should not be painful. If you experience pain in the pelvis, vaginal canal, or labia with intimacy, you should be checked out by your gynecologist. Common causes of pain include vaginal dryness, sexually transmitted diseases, and infections. Let us get you on track so you can enjoy your time in the bedroom.