Almost every woman suffers from a gynaecological condition at some point or the other. These issues are usually mild and easily treatable, but some health concerns can have serious implications and even affect fertility. Understanding how to manage symptoms of gynaecological problems and seek effective treatment is crucial in such situations.
Here are five of the most common health issues and treatments that can help women live healthy lives, provided they receive the proper medical guidance.
1. Irregular periods
Periods that arrive before 21 days or later than 35 days are described as 'irregular' and many women complain of irregular periods. Some of the most common causes of irregular periods are hormonal imbalances such as thyroid disorders, polycystic ovaries, or hyperprolactinemia. These disorders are lifestyle disorders due to unhealthy eating and drinking habits, physical inactivity, smoking, and stress.
The most effective way to treat such issues is to modify your lifestyle. Here are a few tips:
If the issue persists, it’s recommended to visit an experienced gynaecologist for effective irregular menstruation treatment.
2. Urinary incontinence
Urinary incontinence is involuntary, spontaneous urine loss that occurs either with strenuous physical activity (stress incontinence) or is associated with an uncontrollable sense of urgency (urgency incontinence) or both (mixed incontinence).
Urinary incontinence is common, especially in women. It can occur at any age but is more likely to develop as people age. Due to embarrassment, many people do not tell their doctor about their incontinence. Some wrongly think incontinence is a normal part of ageing or cannot be treated. This is unfortunate, as many cases can be successfully treated or significantly improved.
The choice of urinary incontinence treatment depends on the type of incontinence but can include neuromodulation, biofeedback, pharmacotherapy, or surgery.
3. Urinary Tract Infection
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system — your kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Most infections involve the lower urinary tract, including the bladder and the urethra.
Urinary tract infections typically occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract through the urethra and begin to multiply in the bladder. The most common types of urinary tract infections involve the bladder and urethra.
Practising the following methods can reduce the risk of developing urinary tract infections:
Patients suffering from UTI can receive medical help through effective urinary tract infection treatment from an experienced gynaecologist.
4. Minimally invasive surgery
One of the most isolating and overwhelming problems a woman can face in her life is having a gynaecological condition which may require surgery. Today the focus is gradually shifting away from traditional open surgery to more effective treatment options like minimally invasive surgery for delicate gynaecological procedures. Minimally invasive surgery eliminates large abdominal incisions during specialised procedures such as laparoscopy, robotic-assisted surgery, and hysteroscopy. This ensures a less painful operation and a faster recovery.
A variety of non-cancerous (benign) gynaecological conditions can be treated with minimally invasive procedures. Standard procedures that a minimally invasive gynecology surgeon can help with include:
Unlike traditional open surgery, patients who opt for minimally invasive surgeries frequently experience decreased post-surgery pain, lower risk of infection or clotting, shorter hospital stays, faster return to normal activities, and less scarring due to smaller incisions.
If a woman has had a caesarean delivery (also called a C-section) before, she may be able to deliver her next baby vaginally. This is called vaginal birth after caesarean, or VBAC.
VBAC can be a safe choice for most women. Whether it is suitable for a particular case depends on several things, including the reason for the earlier C-section and the total number of C-sections.
A woman who chooses VBAC is closely monitored. As with any labour, an emergency caesarean section is done if the mother or baby shows signs of distress.
The benefits of a VBAC compared to a C-section include:
Pay careful attention to the signs
The most important thing is to learn about your body and understand what is expected and abnormal. Don't ignore any new changes you notice. You can prevent various medical conditions from developing by catching certain diseases in the early stages. Follow a healthy lifestyle, and don't shy away from visiting your gynaecologist. Even when everything is normal, seeing your doctor for annual checkups is recommended.
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