IT'S something all women get, but we hardly ever talk about it. Knowing how much discharge is normal, what colour it should be and what it should smell like can actually help you spot some serious health problems, including STIs. Discharge is essentially a form of mucus that is produced from the cervix, the opening of the womb.
Back to Cervical cancer. The symptoms of cervical cancer are not always obvious, and it may not cause any at all until it's reached an advanced stage. This is why it's very important to you attend all your cervical screening appointments.
Vulva is the general name given to the external parts of the female genitals. All women have vaginal discharge or secretions which help to keep the vulva and vagina moist and remove bacteria and dead cells. If your vulva feels irritated, however, it is important to seek advice from your doctor as to what might be causing the irritation. There are many treatments available for vulva and vaginal irritation.
In order to know whether your discharge is considered normal, there are a few factors to consider. There are many different types of vaginal dischargeand a quick assessment of the amount, color, consistency, phase of menstrual cycle, and smell of your vaginal discharge are all hints to whether you should ride it out or make an appointment with your gynecologist. Discharge with a smell hints to an infection of some sort, which means that if you have yellow discharge without odor, it may be yellow due to factors other than infection.
Most causes of abnormal vaginal discharge — such as yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis or menopause symptoms — are relatively harmless, but they can be uncomfortable. Abnormal vaginal discharge can also be a symptom of certain sexually transmitted infections STIs. Since these can spread to involve the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes, and can be passed on to sexual partners, detection and treatment of STIs is important.
You may see this color throughout your cycleusually around the time of menstruation. When blood takes extra time to exit the body from the uterus, it oxidizes. This can cause it to appear light or dark brown in color.
The American Cancer Society estimates almost 13, new cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed inand just over 4, women died from cervical cancer. These numbers are staggering, especially when cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers in women. Fortunately, the death rate from cervical cancer has decreased by more than 50 percent over the last 40 years, due to increased use of the Pap test and HPV Human papillomavirus vaccination.
Lower abdominal pain in females of reproductive age continues to be a diagnostic dilemma for the emergency physician EP. Point-of-care ultrasound US allows for rapid, accurate, and safe evaluation of abdominal and pelvic pain in both the pregnant and non-pregnant patient. We present 3 cases of females presenting with right lower quadrant and adnexal tenderness where transvaginal ultrasonography revealed acute appendicitis.
STD symptoms vary, some are obvious, some are hardly noticeable, and some STDs show no symptoms at all. This means the only way you can be totally sure of your status is to get tested. Most STDs are treatable or manageable, but not without professional help. If a partner tells you that you may have an STD, or if you have noticed any of the symptoms below, you should see a doctor immediately.