Why Do Many Women Ignore Unpleasant Gynecological Symptoms?

dreamstime_s_67363659Unfortunately, women of all ages are guilty of avoiding a visit to their provider when they’re experiencing unpleasant gynecological symptoms. Some hope that the symptoms will simply go away. Ignoring or wishing away a medical issue may be tempting (and easy to do!), but gynecological symptoms or changes to reproductive health are not in the same plane as an annoying cough or sore throat.

Not every gynecological symptom or change is necessarily an emergency, but waiting weeks, months or even years to speak with your provider and determine if treatment is needed is simply ill-advised. There is no legitimate reason to prolong any discomfort, pain or stress that you are feeling. Many gynecological issues are treated effectively either through medication, a minor procedure, surgery or a combination of those treatments.

Because so many women experience similar gynecological symptoms and typically avoid consulting with their doctor, the Urogynecology Center of San Francisco has compiled a list of some of the most common symptoms women hope will resolve on their own. We urge anyone experiencing these symptoms to book an appointment as soon as possible.

  1. An abnormal period – Heavy menstrual bleeding, severe pain, irregularity and spotting in between cycles are all symptoms which correlate to an abnormal period. Women tend to assume they should just live with these unpleasant symptoms. Having a period is not the same as enduring a difficult and unpredictable event that interrupts your life and keeps you from normal activities.
  2. Pelvic prolapse – A common occurrence post-childbirth and during menopause, pelvic prolapse is simultaneously commonplace and rarely discussed. While it may seem unlikely that people live with their pelvic organs dropping from their place and protruding from their bodies, but many women fail to seek treatment because they feel embarrassed or they may not understand what is happening with their bodies.
  3. Uterine fibroids – Uterine fibroid symptoms often mimic other gynecological conditions, so they can be missed unless proper screening takes place. In fact, uterine fibroids can seem like a tough period accompanied by heavy bleeding, lower back pain, constipation and bloating. When left untreated, uterine fibroids can lower quality of life and potentially risk pregnancy complications, and in rare cases, infertility.

Your quality of life should not be curtailed because of an unpleasant gynecological symptom. Treatments can range in type and invasiveness, but they are readily available once your provider gives you a proper diagnosis. Request an appointment with Dr. Wittenberg of the Urogynecology Center of San Francisco today.