Reproductive Health Concerns for Women
Heavy bleeding. Abdominal pain. Vaginal dryness. These are just some of the common symptoms many women express concern about when visiting their doctors. Reproductive health is an important factor in a woman’s overall well-being: It is very sensitive and can impact women both physically and emotionally. Good reproductive health also pertains to safe access to services like a reputable healthcare provider and access to birth control. It is important that women get their annual physicals and screenings, not only to be checked, but to take advantage of that time with a doctor.
We understand that women have very busy lives, and it may be hard to keep up with doctor visits and making healthy choices. But they should always be cognizant of their bodies and how they are feeling. Some common reproductive health concerns that women should be aware of include:
- Uterine Fibroids: These noncancerous growths on the uterus don’t cause any symptoms. However, they may interfere in getting pregnant or increase the chance for a miscarriage or cause other fertility issues.
- Endometriosis: This is caused when the lining or tissue of the uterus starts to grow beyond the uterus, perhaps into the pelvic area or ovaries. This can cause pain and infertility problems.
- Gynecological Cancers: Cancers that start in a woman’s reproductive organs include cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar cancer. Although symptoms are not the same for everyone, some common symptoms of gynecological cancers include pelvic pain, abnormal vaginal bleeding, itching or burning pain.
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): PCOS occurs when a woman’s ovaries or adrenal glands produce above normal amounts of male hormones. This can put women at a higher risk of developing heart disease and diabetes.
Most of these conditions can be treated or managed under the care and guidance of your health care provider. If you believe you are experiencing any symptoms, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with your doctor, sooner rather than later as it’s always better to catch things in the early stages. Please consider calling us today at 307-634-5216 and know we look forward to helping you figure out if you have any reasons to be concerned.
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