I would venture to say that one of the most uncomfortable events in a woman’s life is a visit to the gynecologist.
Guys, I realize that you have your share of “uncomfortable examinations” too, but I think us gals have you beat on this one.
Unfortunately, the less-than-pleasant experience of a GYN exam causes many women to procrastinate or avoid them like the plague.
But that can come back to bite you, especially if there’s trouble brewing that you might not be aware of.
So if you need a little nudge in that regard, here are…
8 Good reasons to see a gynecologist
1- You haven’t had a pap smear in a while
Cervical cancer is the 4th most common form of cancer in women, but it also happens to be one of the most curable, especially if you get annual pap smears and catch it early.
Cervical cancer doesn’t always cause symptoms right away, so many women aren’t aware they have it until it’s detected on a pap smear.
2- Something smells fishy
A healthy and properly functioning vagina will typically release a small amount of discharge now and then, and the discharge is usually odorless. This is completely normal.
However, if you notice itching and/or a significant change in the discharge amount, color, or if it has a foul smell, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your gyno.
The most likely culprit here is a yeast infection.
Note that if you are prone to yeast infections, you can help prevent them by avoiding sugars and starches in your diet, wiping front to back after a bowel movement, and relying on the power of Mother Nature’s herbs in our Optimal Yeast Support Blend to fight yeast overgrowth.
Also, supporting a healthy gut microbiome and strong immune function will go a long way in counteracting the harmful effects of yeast, and for that, Super Shield multi-strain probiotic formula is your ticket.
3- You feel like a blow torch when you pee
If you experience pain and burning upon urination, chances are excellent you have a urinary tract infection (UTI).
It’s also very helpful to drink lots of (filtered) water and cranberry juice.
4- You haven’t had a breast exam in a while
A GYN appointment also includes a breast exam, and even though you may examine you own breasts every month (or at least tell your doctor you do), you might miss a lump.
And of course, once you reach age 40 (or sooner if breast cancer is in your family history), your doc will likely recommend a mammogram.
But unfortunately, mammograms only detect cancer once it has occurred--they do nothing to prevent it.
And even if you have a negative mammogram, you don’t necessarily have a clean bill of health—you still might have breast cancer, but the tumor just isn’t big enough to be detected yet.
Plus mammograms expose you to cancer-causing radiation!
A much safer, thorough and proactive approach is thermography.
Thermography doesn’t expose you to dangerous radiation of ANY kind. Instead it measures the infrared heat emitted by your body and translates it into thermal images.
Plus it’s touch-free—there is no need for your breasts to be squeezed into the “torture chamber vice” that many mammogram machines are!
Thermography can detect signs of physiological changes due to inflammation and/or tumor-related blood flow up to 8-10 years before a mammogram or a physical exam can detect a mass!
With thermography, you start with your initial “baseline” images, then each year the current images are carefully compared to prior years’ to see if any subtle inflammatory changes have taken place.
I urge you to talk to your gynecologist about thermography.
5- Your periods suddenly get more painful or heavy
Most women are pretty used to their menstrual “patterns” and the amount of cramping, pain and flow to expect every 28 days.
But if suddenly you experience a change in your periods, whether it be heavier flow, increased pain and cramps, or worsening mood swings, that might indicate an issue.
One of the most common causes of heavier periods is uterine fibroids.
6- You have breakthrough bleeding
Occasional small amounts of bleeding in between your periods is called spotting or breakthrough bleeding and is normal for most women.
But if you begin to bleed more than normal at this time, though, and it becomes heavy, frequent, or painful, you should see your GYN right away.
This can be a sign of infection, cysts, or in rare cases, cancer.
7- You experience pain during sex
While sex can be a bit uncomfortable or painful for most women at one time or another, extreme or sudden pain can be signs of underlying problems.
These potential issues can include fibroids, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), or even ruptured cysts.
8- You’re getting hot flashes
Ah yes, menopause will eventually come knocking for all of us women. So if you’re experiencing hot flashes, irregular (or absent) periods, mood swings, brain fog, weight gain, insomnia and fatigue, chances are good that you are going through your “change.”
Because the typical treatment options for menopause include synthetic hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and symptomatic treatment (antidepressants or sleeping pills).
But long-term use of synthetic HRT is associated with an increased risk of breast and uterine cancers.
It can also raise your risk of gallstones and blood clots, and cause nausea, breast tenderness, liver disorders and fluid retention.
And antidepressants and sleeping pills come with a plethora of serious side effects (including increased risk of suicide), plus you run the risk of dependence with sleep drugs.
A much safer approach is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).
Unlike synthetic HRT, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) works to help naturally reestablish the way your body sends messages to your tissues and organs to keep them healthy.
The body has an easier time assimilating bio-identical hormones because they are identical in molecular structure to the hormones naturally made in your body.
So be sure to ask your gynecologist about BHRT.
In addition, Vitamin B12 is crucial for proper nerve and brain function—and this is especially important with the mental functioning challenges and brain fog that accompany menopause.
Unfortunately, as we age, in addition to facing menopause, our stomach acid production decreases and that affects vitamin B12 absorption….so deficiencies are common.
But you can help ensure your body has what it needs by supplementing with a top-quality B12 spray like Hydroxaden 2.5.
Ladies, listen to your body and visit your gynecologist as needed.
To your health,