There is no “normal vagina”, all people are different and the same goes for their genitals. However, with this fact, it is worth knowing and understanding what is abnormal for oneself and where one may need to seek further help or advice.
Πιθανότατα όλοι γνωρίζουμε βασικά πράγματα για τον καρκίνο του τραχήλου της μήτρας και τον καρκίνο των ωοθηκών, but there is another female genital cancer that most women are unfamiliar with: cancer of the vagina and vulva.
Ο καρκίνος του κόλπου και του αιδοίου είναι πολύ σπάνιος, especially in young women. According to the American Cancer Society, only once in 1100 Women will develop vaginal cancer during her lifetime alone 15% of the cases concerns women under the age of 40 years.
Although this form of cancer is quite rare, It is very important to make an early diagnosis by recognizing the symptoms. Mr.. Narendra Pisal, A gynecologist at London Gynecology explains what the symptoms are and what “red flags” which a woman should never ignore when it comes to her vagina.
5 gynecological cancer symptoms that you should not ignore
1. Abnormal bleeding
Any type of abnormal bleeding should be investigated, but bleeding between periods, Bleeding after intercourse or postmenopausal bleeding could be a sign of cervical or uterine cancer and may occur with other gynecological cancers. These symptoms should be investigated without delay.
2. Lumps and ulcers
Vaginal cancers are often presented as lumps or ulcers that are easily felt without a woman looking for them, so he may feel something unusual while going to the toilet or during daily activities such as walking. If the lump is persistent and does not go away, it's time to check it out.
3. Persistent itching
Persistent itching “Between the legs” could be a precancerous sign of vulvar cancer. This can also be presented as vaginal tenderness, pain or burning sensation.
4. Abdominal bloating
Everyone has days when they feel bloated, especially women at certain times during the cycle, but those who feel constantly bloated or have abdominal distension (the abdomen is visibly larger), then this may be a sign of ovarian cancer. Some women with these symptoms describe that they do not fit in their jeans or pants, but have not noticed weight gain, in fact there may be weight loss.
5.New appearance of abdominal pain
Women are all accustomed to a little abdominal pain, but after their age 45 years, A new onset of abdominal pain could be a sign of ovarian cancer and medical help should be sought.. Before their age 45 years, Abdominal pain is more likely to be an infection or other gynecological problem, such as endometriosis, which also needs evaluation by the physician.
While the above symptoms may not indicate cancer, the following can sometimes be important and -although not necessarily a cause for serious concern- it is worth those who have them to seek advice in time.
1.Sudden pain in the lower abdomen
In young women, Acute and severe lower abdominal pain can have many causes. They can sometimes be caused by serious causes, like an ectopic pregnancy (tubal pregnancy) and complications from ovarian cyst.
2. Heavy or painful periods
Severe or painful periods can sometimes be due to conditions such as fibroids and endometriosis.. While these situations are not life threatening, can significantly affect the quality of life. Seeking medical attention and early diagnosis can help plan an appropriate treatment course..
3. Increased need to urinate and sting
Increased need to urinate and stinging when urinating may indicate a bladder infection and can be easily ruled out or treated. However, these symptoms can sometimes indicate a pelvic mass, such as uterine fibroid or ovarian cyst.
4. Urinary incontinence or incontinence
Urinary incontinence or incontinence is a common symptom in women and up to 40% Women suffer from it especially after childbirth and menopause. Simple measures such as pelvic floor physiotherapy can make a huge difference.
5. Pain during intercourse
Pain during intercourse may indicate conditions such as endometriosis and if it persists, medical help should be sought.
6. Acute appearance of blisters and sores on the vulva (ulcer)
The wounds, the yellowish abundant vaginal secretions, Pelvic pain and bleeding after intercourse can sometimes indicate a sexually transmitted infection. It is always a good idea for a woman to have a sexual health check before starting a new relationship.
7. Symptoms of menopause
The symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, night sweats, poor sleep quality, Stress and mood swings can significantly affect work and life. Hormone replacement therapy can be helpful and there are other dietary and non-medical ways to help with these symptoms..