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As a woman, you know your body and you know when somethings wrong, but when should you see a doctor about it? Our Florida Hospital physicians are here to help answer that question.
Womens Health and Intuition
Your womens intuition should always be trusted when it comes to your health, if you think somethings wrong, then youre probably right and there is. Even if youve already been to see a doctor that told you that everything was alright, and you still believe that something is wrong, get a second opinion.
Its important that you have a good relationship with a board-certified physician that you trust to listen to you and to perform the tests that you require. The amount of information on the internet is staggering and can be helpful but it can also be misconstrued. It is not a bad place to start to check your symptoms out, but only a certified professional can give you a proper diagnosis and present you with a treatment plan.
Screenings and When to See a Doctor
You should have started from the time you were a young woman, but its not too late to begin the following simple, routine screenings.
- Self-exams of your breasts should be done monthly. If you notice any changes in your breasts, then you should see a doctor right away.
- The same is true if youre having any discharge from your nipples. This can occur for several different reasons and most are not dangerous if caught early.
- A bloody discharge from your nipples is also an indication that something has gone wrong and can usually be treated quite easily, though its still important that its caught early.
- Pain that doesnt go away or isnt associated with your period is another sign to go see a doctor right away.
- Congratulations! Youre pregnant. Getting to the doctor as early as possible is a great way to get on a plan to have a healthy baby, safely.
- If youre pregnant and something doesnt seem right to you, go see your obstetrician right away.
Urology and Gynecology
- In general, women should have at least one pelvic exam per year that includes a wellness check and a Pap smear. Its important to find a gynecologist you trust who can care for you through every age and stage of your reproductive health.
- Pelvic organ prolapse is a common condition seen most often in women who have had multiple children and can affect the uterus, bladder, and rectum. There are both surgical and non-surgical methods of treatment for this disorder depending on its severity. Any symptoms you experience should be brought to your medical providers attention as soon as possible.
- Endometriosis is a condition that affects 6to10 percent of women and is marked by symptoms of extreme pain during menstruation among others. Other symptoms can include pain during intercourse, during a bowel movement or while urinating, and excessive menstrual bleeding. If you believe that you may have endometriosis, its important to see a doctor right away, especially if youre trying to conceive. Endometriosis can cause infertility. Without being diagnosed it can lead to a great deal of frustration and confusion.
- Abnormal vaginal discharge is often caused by a yeast or bacterial infection and should be brought to your doctors attention as soon as possible for treatment.
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If you feel that something isnt right in your body, well help you find the doctor thats right for you and can care for you for years to come.