Signs That May Mean You Need a Visit to the Gynaecologist

Outside your annual gynaecological visits, there are other instances in which you may need to visit your doctor. While minor issues can be treated with over-the-counter medication, others need to be addressed by a qualified gynaecologist, and it’s best not to wait. Being attentive and addressing issues as they arise can minimise your discomfort and aid in recovery if something isn’t right. Still, illness and irregular symptoms aren’t the only reason to visit your gynaecologist. These are the signs that you may need a visit to the gynaecologist. 

You Are Experiencing Abnormal Periods

Periods are complex at the best of times, but you come to expect a range of symptoms such as mood swings, bloating, tenderness in the breasts, and cramps. If you have symptoms that fall outside your typical period routine, it’s essential to take note of them. Visit your gynaecologist if you experience very heavy bleeding, bleeding between periods, debilitating pain, or your period stops altogether. Unusually painful periods could be an indicator of endometriosis or fibroids. If your period has stopped and you aren’t under a lot of stress, you may have thyroid problems, polycystic ovarian cancer, or a hormonal imbalance.

Something Doesn’t Look, Feel, or Smell Right

As with your period, when things change, it’s time to make sure nothing is wrong. If you notice a lasting vaginal odour, itching, burning, a change in discharge, bumps, blisters, or pain during sex, there could be something wrong. These symptoms may indicate an STI, cysts, or a simple infection. Deep pelvic pain during sex could be due to fibroids. In the case of itching and swelling after sex, it could be something as simple as a latex allergy, in which case, these symptoms should last no longer than 36 hours.

Family Planning and Birth Control

If you’re ready to fall pregnant, you want to change contraception, inquire about sterilisation or pregnancy termination, you need to visit the gynaecologist. If you take a little longer to fall pregnant than you hoped, a gynaecologist can help you figure out the best course of action. The same goes for sterilisation and termination; your doctor will advise you regarding procedures and recommend a surgeon should you need one. Changing your birth control is another complex issue, your gynaecologist will be able to recommend the best birth control solution depending on your needs. You may want to switch to the patch, find the right pill, get the injection, or try an IUD or implant. 

With regular check-ups and open discussions with your gynaecologist, you will soon feel at ease whether you are experiencing any issues or not. If you’re looking for the right gynaecologist, get in touch with Omni Ultrasound and Gynaecological Care today.

OMNI Ultrasound & Gynaecological Care

Condous performs Advanced Endosurgery procedures for women needing intervention for pelvic masses, adnexal pathology, severe endometriosis or hysterectomy. He also runs ‘Hands on’ Live Sheep Laparoscopic Workshops for gynaecologists at Camden Veterinarian School.
Having completed an undergraduate degree with the University of Adelaide, he left Australia in 1993 and moved to London where he completed his training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. From 2001 to 2003 Condous worked as a Senior Research Fellow at St George’s Hospital, London. At St George’s he set up the Acute Gynaecology Unit, the first in the United Kingdom. It was also during this time that he developed an interest in Early Pregnancy and especially the management of pregnancies of unknown location (PULs). Condous has developed many mathematical models for the prediction of outcome of PULs which have been featured in numerous peer review journals. In 2005, he returned to Australia where he completed his Laparoscopic Fellowship at the Centre for Advanced Reproductive Endosurgery, Royal North Shore, Sydney.

Condous was appointed as a Consultant Gynaecologist and Senior Lecturer at Nepean Hospital in 2006 and soon was made Associate Professor. In 2010, he was made Departmental Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Nepean Hospital. He obtained the MRCOG in 1999 and was made FRANZCOG in 2005. In 2009, he was awarded his Doctorate in Medicine (MD), University of London, for his thesis entitled: “The management of pregnancies of unknown location and the development of new mathematical models to predict outcome”.

Condous has edited three books including the “Handbook of Early Pregnancy Care”, published over 100 papers in international journals and is internationally renowned for his work in Early Pregnancy. He is the Associate Editor for Gynaecologic Obstetric Investigation, which is a European based journal, as well as the Australasian Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine (AJUM). He is on the organising committee and is an invited speaker at the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ISUOG) Scientific meeting in Sydney 2013. His current research interests relate to the management of ectopic pregnancy, 1st trimester growth, PULs and miscarriage and the use of transvaginal ultrasound (in particular sonovaginography, to predict posterior compartment deep infiltrating rectovaginal endometriosis).Condous is also actively involved with post-graduate education including the annual running of the Early Pregnancy and Gynaecological Ultrasound Interactive Courses for Sonologists, Radiologists, Sonographers and Gynaecologists in Australia.