An obstetrician/gynecologist can help you with a variety of symptoms and issues beyond an annual checkup. The following are a few examples of three common problems we help with:
1. Urinary Tract Infection
Develops when bacteria gets into the urethra and infects the lower part of the tract and possibly the bladder; the infection causes burning when urinating or feeling a frequent urge to urinate even when you don’t need to. Women are more prone to these than men, and particularly contract the infection when they begin having sex or start to have it more often. Women are more likely to get a UTI if they have had one before, have had several children, have diabetes, or are obese. Physicians can provide a prescription for treatment.
2. Vaginal Yeast Infections
Occurring in women who have regular periods, yeast infections happen when natural bacteria overgrow in the gastrointestinal tract and vagina because of stress, medication changes, or injury. Symptoms include itching or irritation of the vaginal area, pain with urination or intercourse, or a reddened genital area. Physicians can prescribe medication to clear the infection.
3. Painful Periods
Medically known as dysmenorrhea, more than half of women report experiencing pain for one to two days during their menstrual cycle. While it can be a symptom of certain conditions, the pain is generally caused by chemicals in the body called prostaglandins, which are found in the lining of the uterus. This problem can be treated through over-the-counter pain relievers, hormonal medications, and lifestyle changes such as exercise and getting enough sleep.
If you are experiencing any of these common issues, please give us a call at 717-840-9885 or click on the button below to schedule an appointment to discuss treatment options.
Dr. Julie Drolet
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