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Know When a Woman Should See a Gynecologist

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7. Vaginal Odor

Strong vaginal odor is a very common problem that prompts a woman to visit her gynecologist. Slight vaginal odor is normal, but a strong odor like a ‘fishy’ smell may indicate a problem. In addition, strong vaginal odor can be very embarrassing.

Vaginal odor can be due to bacterial growth, yeast infections, poor hygiene, hormonal changes and sexually transmitted diseases. If it is due to an infection, you may also experience symptoms like redness, itching, burning and irritation in the vaginal area.

Vaginal odor can be treated or managed once diagnosed by a gynecologist. In the meantime, try to include yogurt in your diet to help fight off infection and restore the normal vaginal pH balance.

8. Excessive Sweating

If you are 40 years or older and you experience sudden excessive sweating without any known trigger, see a gynecologist. It can happen while you are awake or asleep.

Excessive sweating as well as hot flashes can be a sign of perimenopause, the period when a woman moves closer to menopause. Other accompanying signs and symptoms may include irregular periods, vaginal dryness, mood swings and sleep disturbances.

Seeing a gynecologist will help find the underlying cause and the best treatment options.

In addition, you can try apple cider vinegar as a healthy way to beat excessive sweating. Mix 1 to 2 tablespoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and a little honey in a glass of water. Drink it twice daily to regulate hormones.

Some Dos and Don’ts for Your Visit to Your Gynecologist

  • Do look for a gynecologist in your area who you are comfortable talking to about your problem.
  • Do keep track of your monthly cycle and bring the information to your appointment.
  • Do come up with questions beforehand.
  • Do keep a diary with you about your medical history as well as family history.
  • Do remain relaxed before your appointment.
  • Don’t be shy talking about any problems with your gynecologist.
  • Don’t hide your social habits, sexual activity or any health information.
  • Don’t have sex the night before your appointment.
  • Don’t use yeast medications or douches 24 hours before your appointment.

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