It is an unfortunate truth that women are susceptible to more health issues than are men. As a woman, you’re probably busy taking care of work, family, home, and everything in between. It can be all too easy to ignore or put off caring for your own needs. But when it comes to your health, it’s important to place yourself first. Act quickly if you experience any of the following symptoms. There are certain signs that reveal something might be wrong with you as a woman down there and it’s really important you don’t ignore these signs.
Here are 5 health conditions you should never ignore
BLEEDING AFTER S3X: If you bleed after s3x, it’s important you see a doctor immediately. Bleeding after sex could be a sign of benign growth. Bleeding after sex could also signal cervical cancer.
PAINFUL S3X: If you experience pain in your lower abdomen or pelvis during sex, this could signal fibroids or endometriosis. It’s important you see your doctor if you experience this. S3x can also be painful due to a condition known as vaginismus.
ITCH: Thrush is the most common cause of itching. Thrush can be easily treated by using antifungals such as Canesten but it’s advisable you see a doctor to be sure it’s thrush because there are other conditions that can cause your vagina to itch. Using scented products on your vagina and douching can cause your vagina to itch.
SMELL: A fishy smell in the vagina is most likely due to bacterial vaginosis and it’s important you have yourself checked. Taking yoghurt helps maintain the good bacteria in the vagina, thereby decreasing the occurrence of bacterial vaginosis.
ABNORMAL DISCHARGE: Vaginal discharge is normal in women from puberty to menopause and the quantity of the discharge varies from woman to woman and throughout the monthly cycle. But there are instances when the discharge is abnormal. If the colour or amount of your discharge changes, it’s important you visit a doctor. A chalky white discharge could signal thrush while a frothy yellow or green discharge could signal a s3xually transmitted infection known as trichomonaisis.
NIPPLE DISCHARGE: It’s important to pay attention to your breasts. In addition to checking for lumps or changes in breast size or shape, watch for nipple discharge. Discharge—especially bloody or clear discharge—can be a sign of breast cancer. Don’t delay getting checked by your doctor.
HEAVY OR PAINFUL PERIODS: When it comes to your monthly cycle, you know what’s normal for you. If you experience heavy or painful periods that are out of the ordinary, it’s time to see your doctor. These symptoms can signal gynecological problems like uterine fibroids—the most common noncancerous tumors in women of childbearing age. There are treatments for uterine fibroids and other gynecological problems known to cause heavy or painful periods.