Women’s Health Issues and Tips for Good Gynaecological Health

The Women’s Health Unit at Mediclinic Welcare Hospital provides one stop access to highly skilled physicians in minimally invasive gynaecology, urogyanecology, aesthetic gynaecology and infertility.
Our dedicated team of minimally invasive gynecological surgeons have a proven excellence in handling complex gynaecological conditions such as fibroid, endometriosis and pelvic pain.

Women have many unique health concerns — from menstrual cycles, pregnancy, birth control and menopause to gynaecological conditions such as uterine fibroids, endometriosis and pelvic floor disorders.

Although irregular cycles or painful monthly cramps can be common issues affecting women, they are by no means something that women must adjust to as their norm. Many women have a hard time talking about problems “down there”, but poor gynaecological health can trigger a myriad of health concerns. It can interfere with your sex life, cause unnecessary pain and increase your risk of developing a serious disease such as cancer.

Here are few health conditions and issues commonly affect women and need to seek help from a gynaecological specialist from our Women’s Health Unit:

Gynaecological health and disorders affecting women include menstruation and menstrual irregularities, urinary tract health including urinary tract infection, urinary incontinence, pelvic floor disorders such as vaginal infection, vulvodynia, uterine prolapse and menopausal problems.
Pregnancy issues include pre-pregnancy care and prenatal care, pregnancy loss (miscarriage), preterm labour and premature birth, and breast feeding.
Disorders related to infertility include uterine fibroids, polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis and uterine anomalies.
Tips for good gynaecological health:
1. Get your annual gynaecological checkup and regular Pap tests, which can help detect abnormal cells early, thereby lowering your risk of cervical cancer.
2. Practice safe relations – more than 20 sexually transmitted diseases have been identified. The most common include human papillomaviruses (HPVs), which increase the risk of developing cervical cancer; and gonorrhea, which could cause pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and infertility. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) destroys the body’s ability to fight infection and increases susceptibility to disease and cancers.
3. Eat a healthy diet to maintain a healthy body weight. Your menstrual cycle is highly dependent on your weight; women who are too thin or too heavy may start to experience problems such as losing their periods or having excessive or irregular flow. Eating a healthy, high-fibre diet and drinking lots of water can also help avoid constipation, which, in turn, can reduce period pain.
4. Do your Kegel exercises to keep the pelvic floor strong. A weak pelvic floor can cause problems with your bladder, such as loss of urine with a cough or sneeze, prolapse of uterus and can contribute to sexual problems.
5. Plan your pregnancy. Once women are into their mid 30s, it becomes more difficult to get pregnant and the risk of miscarriage increases. Good health prior to becoming pregnant is beneficial to you and your baby; a preconception checkup can help determine whether you are at risk of any medical problems so you can treat them beforehand and can help ease the stress of pregnancy and delivery.
6. Care for your vulva and vagina by avoiding harsh soaps and douching, and by wearing light breathable clothing.

A general well-woman exam gives women an opportunity to discuss their reproductive health with their gynaecologist or primary care physician. Recognising symptoms early and seeing a healthcare provider right away increase the chances of successful treatment.

Book your appointment by calling 800 1999 or visit Mediclinic.com

Author
Dr. Alphy S Puthiyidom
Specialist OBGYN
MEDICLINIC WELCARE HOSPITAL