Prevention is the ultimate defense against future women’s health issues—which is why visits to your gynecologist are critical, especially when you think you might be experiencing a problem. But when is it really time to call the gynecologist? In this blog, the Jacksonville GYN team at Neuman GYN will take a look at signs that you should see a gynecologist. With awareness of common health issues and their symptoms, you’ll know when to wait and when to call up your gynecologist to schedule an appointment!

Pelvic Pain & Abdominal Discomfort

If you’re experiencing sharp pains during sex or urination, or are blindsided by sudden pelvic and abdominal pains that seemingly come out of nowhere, it’s time to schedule an appointment at your local office. These pains could be a sign of an infection, a ruptured ovarian cyst, or even an ectopic pregnancy in rare cases (a pregnancy growing outside of the uterus). Constant pains in the abdomen can also be a sign of uterine fibroids (non-cancerous tumors of the uterus).

Whatever the case, constant or recurring pain during sex, urination, or everyday life is not something you should ignore or “just deal with.” Call your gynecologist as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.

Unexpected Bleeding

As a woman, you know what’s normal to you in terms of your period—but if something seems off-kilter or abnormal, you need to visit your doctor as soon as you can. Unexpected and heavy bleeding or bleeding accompanied by pain could be a sign of vaginal injury, a miscarriage, or cancer of the cervix or uterus. Mid-cycle bleeding is also something that should be looked at by a women’s health professional. Finally, check with your doctor if you’re experiencing post-menopausal bleeding, as this could be a sign of uterine cancer.

Vaginal Discharge or Soreness

Vaginal discharge, in itself, is a normal way for the body to keep the vagina clean and healthy. But if your discharge is yellow, green, or gray and has a potent, bad odor, it’s time to call the gynecologist. This discharge could be a sign of a sexually transmitted disease, bacterial vaginosis (the overproduction of bacteria in the vagina), or a yeast infection. Soreness or sores in the vaginal area could be a sign of herpes, especially if the sores are painful or sensitive.

That’s it for Part 1 of our series on signs you need to see a gynecologist. Stay tuned for Part 2, and check out our other blog posts in the meantime!