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Talk To Your Gynaecologist About Any Health Issues – Dr Bheena Vyshali

Many women still ignore symptoms that, if treated early, can be more effectively managed, says consultant gynaecologist, Dr Bheena Vyshali. To create healthy families and subsequently healthy communities, women must put their health needs first.

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Ironically, even though Malaysian women are better informed, educated, and conscious of their health care needs than in the past, they still appear hesitant to consult a gynaecologist. 

Many women still ignore symptoms that, if treated early, can be more effectively managed. Most women living in rural areas do not prioritise their reproductive health. As a result, they get serious illnesses that are preventable.

Here are some health issues and medical conditions that women should be aware of  and seek medical attention from a gynaecologist if necessary:

Chronic Vaginal Infections

Vaginal infections can affect women at any stage of life, from puberty to menopause and beyond. These infections may arise from viral, bacterial, fungal, or other sources. However, in the course of our daily work, we frequently witness that they are disregarded until they become severe and intolerable. 

Changes in vaginal discharge, menstrual symptoms such as dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation), itching, or even symptoms connected to the urinary system can all be signs of a vaginal infection. 

Like any infections, these should ideally be treated as soon as possible with a gynaecologist’s assistance to prevent the spread of more serious infections of the reproductive tract.

Sexual Health

Even in medical offices, talking about a woman’s sexual health is frequently frowned upon. Women frequently suffer in silence because they do not feel comfortable talking about the issues they could be having in the bedroom. 

Severe vaginal pain and discomfort during penetration, or vaginismus, is significantly more prevalent than is widely acknowledged.

For certain patients, the only indication of a disease called endometriosis that occurs during sexual activity is vaginal pain and a deep pelvic pain. 

Additionally, in a relationship, sexual health is a sign of mental health. It is important to comprehend all aspects of sexual health and to discuss them with your gynaecologist, who will assist you.

Pelvic Floor Health

Consisting of eight interconnected muscles, the pelvic floor provides a sturdy surface upon which the bowels, bladder, and reproductive organs can rest.

A few signs of weak pelvic floor muscles include vaginal protrusion, laxity, difficulty controlling one’s bladder, involuntary urination, and difficulties passing faeces. 

It can affect anyone and is typically brought on by having kids or ageing. There are many kinds of treatments available, from surgery to physical therapy. 

However, because many illnesses are naturally progressive, the earlier therapy is started, the better the outcome will be.

Additionally, pelvic floor muscle development through preventive therapy is incredibly beneficial.

Bone Health

Osteoporosis and weak bones are more common in women. Women who are skinny, frail, and lean are more prone to fractures and low bone density. 

As the natural bone-protective effects of oestrogen gradually diminish after menopause, this risk rises. Following menopause, stress fractures of the long bones, pelvis, and spine are more frequent. 

To prevent osteoporosis and ensure that women continue to live healthy lives after menopause, it is crucial for them to consume calcium on a regular basis, take vitamin D supplements, and engage in weight-bearing workouts that strengthen their bones and muscles.

Cancer Risk Assessment And Prevention

Women need to know what their lifetime cancer risk is. Hereditary factors may play a role in breast, ovarian, and some uterine cancers.

A thorough assessment of the inherited risk for these cancers needs to be conducted. 

However, even if cervix cancer is not inherited from one’s parents, it can still be prevented through screening programmes.

Preventive vaccinations, routine mammograms, pap smear screenings, and self-examinations are a few of the methods that a doctor can assist you in seeking for early detection.

In the end, what leads to improved health is early detection and prompt management. To create healthy families and subsequently healthy communities, women must put their health needs first.

Dr Bheena Vyshali is a consultant gynaecologist at Beacon Hospital.

  • This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of Ova.

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