Women routinely have Pap smears during their well-woman appointments typically every three years until they are age 65 and older. Once results have been reviewed, if there is anything out of the ordinary, Birmingham Obstetrics & Gynecology may call to inform you the test was abnormal and discuss next steps. No need to fret, let’s go through some common causes of an abnormal Pap smear.
Women who have either uterine polyps or fibroids can be asymptomatic, meaning they have no symptoms. They can go through life oblivious to these conditions unless they begin to have certain symptoms, and that is usually when there is a diagnosis. Uterine polyps vs fibroids: what’s the difference?
No two women are exactly alike, and in many cases, the same goes for menstrual cycles. There are some parameters within “normal” among women concerning our period, but sometimes there are specific anomalies. If you’re wondering why your menstrual cycle is irregular, let’s find answers.
If you have never experienced pain during intercourse, consider yourself lucky. It is actually quite common. 3 out of 4 women have pain during sexual intercourse at some point in their lives. Sometimes it goes away, but for other women it becomes chronic. These women usually ask: Is my painful intercourse due to a gynecologic condition?
85% of women who have unprotected sex, even occasionally, get pregnant within a year. Those odds are not in your favor if you’re not ready to have a child. Choosing a contraceptive method that’s right for you can involve some due diligence and clear thinking.
Most women become familiar with the frequency and typical flow during their period. If something changes, women notice. It could be a missed cycle or two, or suddenly having a heavier than “normal” flow. When any changes occur, it’s important to see your doctor. There are some serious reasons why you shouldn’t ignore a heavy menstrual flow.
Many women have had instances where it felt like they “lost that loving feeling.” It usually passes, and next time sex is back to normal. This temporary problem can happen to anyone, but when it becomes consistent, this is one of the signs you may be suffering from female sexual dysfunction.
For parents of adolescent girls, or if you are a young teenager yourself, you may wonder about when to schedule a first gynecological visit. You may be surprised by the answer including both when and why.
The simple answer to the question, “when should I see my gynecologist about pelvic pain?” is if the pelvic pain is new or different, see your gynecologist. Aside from typical cramps during your period, you shouldn’t be experiencing pain in your pelvic area. Any pain indicates something is awry in your body, so don’t ignore a pain in your reproductive area. Let’s find out why.
Your gynecologist has seen and heard it all. Some women, though, become embarrassed about discussing certain topics and avoid telling their doctor about symptoms and specific changes with their bodies. Get over it! This is the one person you can always trust to give you answers and provide the right treatment if there is an issue. So here are some gynecological symptoms you should never ignore.