CentraState Medical Center: Warning signs women should not ignore

Source: GMN News Health
I doubt anyone will argue they have a busier schedule than most women today. Their day-to-day responsibilities rival that of any Fortune 500 CEO, to be sure. But it’s critical that women also take time to stay on top of their own health. Often, minor changes in the body can offer important warning signs that something is amiss.

In my OB/GYN practice, I encourage all my patients to take a little time out every day to focus on their health and well being. Call your family doctor or gynecologist when you note some change in your body that is not normal — especially if you experience any of these symptoms in particular:

Occasional spotting between periods shouldn’t set off any alarm bells. But if breakthrough menstrual bleeding continues for days or is heavy and painful, this could be a sign of a gynecological injury, miscarriage, or even cancer of the cervix or uterus…(D)iscovered early on, pre-cancerous uterine polyps (can be) removed by minimally invasive hysteroscopy.

Everyone gets that overinflated feeling now and then. But chronic or recurring gas or bloating needs to be checked out. It could be as simple as stress or food sensitivities but can also indicate more serious gynecological issues.

If you feel sharp pain on your right side and you’re also nauseated and running a fever, you could have either appendicitis or an ovarian cyst. Typically the cysts are fluid-filled sacs are harmless which disappear on their own. But if one twists or ruptures, it can cause excruciating pain.

Changes in bowel habits, or rectal bleeding, can be signs of diverticulitis or colorectal cancer.

Be familiar with the look and feel of your breasts so that if anything changes, you can alert your doctor. Never hesitate to call about even small changes. A quick doctor visit will be worth the time spent and you’ll worry less.

Often, the body has a way of telling you if something is not right. Pay attention to these signals. If you are experiencing any of these warning signs, your gynecologist can evaluate the concern and plan a safe and effective course of treatment.

If you are in need of an OB/GYN, CentraState’s Physician Finder can help find the right doctor to meet your needs. Visit centrastate.com/physicians or call 866-CENTRA7.

The Star and Barry Tobias Women’s Health Center at CentraState provides comprehensive female health services and education; individual and group counseling; disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment performed by an all-female staff. For more information and appointments, call 732-294-2626.

By Dr. Michael Dimino, a board-certified OB/GYN on staff at CentraState Medical Center. He can be reached at Women’s Physicians and Surgeons by calling 732-431-2999.

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