4 Questions to Ask Vaginal Specialist
If you have questions about vaginal health, we have answers at The OB-Gyn & Incontinence Center. Talk to our specialist Dr. Prema Kothandaraman about your vaginal health issues today. For more information, contact us today or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Arcadia, and Glendale, CA.
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A woman’s sexual and reproductive health is incredibly important and fundamental to living a good quality of life. One of the biggest sexual health concerns women have is the health of their vaginas; many problems and conditions can affect this organ. Fortunately, there are doctors who specialize in vaginal health and can help women address their sexual health concerns.
The doctor to see when experiencing vaginal issues is an obstetrician-gynecologist like Dr. Prema Kothandaraman. These medical professionals are the foremost expert in women’s health and can evaluate, diagnose, treat and prevent virtually all common conditions that affect women.
The vagina is a complex organ and can be affected by a wide number of different conditions, including:
• Trichomoniasis — One of the most common sexually transmitted infections, trichomoniasis exhibits symptoms such as pelvic pain, pain during sex, pain during urination, a foul vaginal odor, yellow, frothy vaginal discharge, vaginal itching, and general irritation.
• Bacterial Vaginosis — For women in their reproductive years, bacterial vaginosis is one of the most common reasons for vaginal discharge. Rather than being caused by an infection, bacterial vaginosis develops when the bacteria in the vagina experience overgrowth, leading to an imbalance.
• Vaginal Dryness — Vaginal dryness is a common problem faced by older and mature women, but it is nearly just as common in the younger population.
• Unusual Discharge — Unusual discharge may accompany a lot of different issues, however, unless it is a regular problem, most women do not need to worry as the physiological discharge is a normal occurrence.
• HPV & Genital Herpes — HPV and genital herpes are common causes for the development of sores or warts around the vulva and vagina.
• Vulvodynia — Vulvodynia is a condition characterized by painful skin around the vulva and affects millions of women. The pain may be itching, stinging, or throbbing, or it might be a constant pain that results from sitting down for a long time.
• Vaginismus — Characterized by vaginal muscles that are so tight they nearly close the opening of the vagina, vaginismus is an involuntary reaction, which is often thought to have a few psychological causes; this may result in serious pain, discomfort, or the inability to have sex.
• Lumps or Bumps — Lumps or bumps are another common vaginal problem that affects women. They can have a number of different causes, including a Bartholin’s cyst, a clogged gland in the outside of the vagina.
• Pain — Inner vaginal pain may be indicative of various conditions and can be caused by dryness, menstruation, an infection, or a condition such as endometriosis.
• Bleeding — Vaginal bleeding, commonly known as spotting, is a common occurrence and typically is not a cause for concern unless it is regular or if the woman is pregnant. It can be caused by a hormonal imbalance from missed birth control pills, an infection, or a polyp on the cervix.
• Pelvic Inflammatory Disease — Pelvic inflammatory disease, often abbreviated as PID, occurs when bacteria or infection spreads from the vagina to another part of the reproductive system, such as the uterus, ovaries, or fallopian tubes.
• Yeast Infection — Yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of yeast inside the vagina and the surrounding area of the vulva. This overgrowth is caused due to various reasons such as taking antibiotics, an imbalance in pH levels, having uncontrolled diabetes, or sitting in a damp swimsuit for several hours.
Symptoms of vaginal problems include:
• Bleeding and menstrual irregularities
• Bumps and lumps
• An odor that may be fishy-smelling
• Pain or discomfort
• Redness or other discoloration
• Sores or lesions
• Unusual discharge
Vaginal health can be maintained by:
• Striving for whole-body health
• Getting regular screenings
• Practicing safer sex
• Just using water to clean
• Using natural lubricants
• Never ignoring post-menopausal bleeding
The OB-Gyn and Incontinence Center in Arcadia, CA, can help you attain and maintain good sexual and reproductive health. Call or book an appointment online with our vaginal specialist, or visit our clinic. We have convenient locations to serve you. We serve patients from Arcadia CA, Glendale CA, Monrovia CA, Pasadena CA, Los Angeles CA, Burbank CA, and surrounding areas.