Signs You Need to Visit Your OBGYN
If the only time you visit your OBGYN is to get a pap smear, there may be other issues that you are completely missing. Your doctor is there to help with many different issues you might be facing in terms of your menstrual cycle, hormone levels, vaginal health, and so much more. Here are some signs that you should schedule a visit to your OBGYN right away.
You Might Be Pregnant
The first and probably most obvious reason to visit your OBGYN is if you think you might be pregnant. Even if it has not been confirmed yet, having pregnancy symptoms or a possible positive sign on a home pregnancy test are good reasons to call up your doctor. It is important to see your doctor early on in your pregnancy to get tips for having a healthy pregnancy and get important bloodwork and other tests to look for any problems early on that can be treated.
You Have Signs of an Infection
Do you think you might have an infection in your private areas? This could be anything from itching and burning of your vulva, to a weird smell or discharge. Infections of the vulva and vagina are often minor and can be treated at home, but sometimes you do need a round of antibiotics. Since infections can become worse in certain situations, it is not something you should just leave alone and hope for the best. If you notice any of the following signs, you might be dealing with an infection:
- Excessive itching or burning
- Bad odor or change in odor
- Discharge that is a different color or consistency
- Pain during intercourse or urination
- Bleeding or spotting, unrelated to other conditions
You Have Abdominal or Pelvic Pain
If you suddenly get pelvic or abdominal pain, or pain during sex, when you definitely did not have it before, that is a good reason to call up your OBGYN. This can be from a variety of things, including fibroids, ovarian cysts, endometriosis or PCOS, or even an ectopic pregnancy. This is not something you want to just ignore and hope it goes away.
You Are Bleeding Between Periods
Spotting or bleeding between periods can happen for a number of different reasons, but even if it is common, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t talk to your doctor about it. A small number of women have slight spotting around the time of ovulation, which occurs about 2 weeks before your period. However, if you notice spotting or bleeding more often than just right in the middle of your cycle, it might be from fibroids, cysts, miscarriage, or other conditions.