Even the healthiest woman should pay a visit to a gynaecologist at least once a year. Some of the ailments that affect the reproductive system do not have symptoms that are easily noticeable, so the only way to make sure that everything is fine with you is to have a doctor check you out. Routine examinations and tests take very little time, but they are crucial; most diseases are easily curable if caught early on.
Some of the conditions that occur most often in women of all ages are:
- Chronic pelvic pains. If you have had pelvic pains for about six months non-stop, then you need to see a doctor immediately, even if the pain is not severe. This is often the symptom of a more serious underlying condition.
- Endometriosis. One of the most common causes of infertility, endometriosis describes a condition where the tissue that should line the inside of the uterus grows outside of it. It is usually painful and causes dysmenorrhea, but it can be treated with medication or surgery.
- STI (sexually transmitted infections). Most STIs are asymptomatic, so you may have them without even knowing it. From chlamydia and gonorrhea to some types of HPV and HIV/AIDS, these infections have much greater chances of being cured or kept under control if detected early on, so make sure to get tested regularly.