Posts for: February, 2018
This might be an embarrassing conversation to start but it’s one that every woman faces at some point during her lifetime. While this might not be a topic you’ll want to bring up with your girlfriends, if you are experiencing this issue it’s always a good idea to turn to your OBGYN for more information. After all, this change in vaginal odor could be trying to tell you that there is an issue. Here are some reasons why you might be experiencing this problem and what you should do about it.
This is often the most obvious reason why a woman faces unpleasant vaginal odor. There are several different kinds of infections that could be to blame. One common infection is bacterial vaginosis, which may also cause burning during urination and a grayish-white discharge. In most cases, this condition is treated with antibiotics.
Of course, trichomoniasis (a parasitic STD) or a yeast infection could also be to blame. Some yeast infections can be treated with over-the-counter antifungal medications, but trichomoniasis will require a round of antibiotics. To play it safe, visit your gynecologist right away if you noticing any of these symptoms.
It goes without saying that your hormones fluctuate throughout the month and you may find that you experience a change in vaginal odor in that small window after ovulation but before your period. During the start of menopause, women may also notice an unpleasant watery discharge, which is often the result of reduced levels of estrogen. In this case, a gynecologist may prescribe a vaginal cream that contains estrogen, which can help reduce or even eliminate this unpleasant symptom.
If you are a woman in her mid-40s or older and noticing changes in vaginal odor, you could be going through menopause. Turn to your OBGYN to get all of your questions addressed about the symptoms you may be having as you approach menopause.
Just as sweating anywhere else can bring about an unpleasant change in body odor, sweating down below can also cause vaginal odor. Athletes, wearing tight clothing or being overweight can also increase your chances of developing a sweat-related vaginal odor. If this is something that happens to you, make sure to wear more breathable fabrics (e.g. cotton), change wet workout clothes immediately or lose the excess weight (if necessary).
If your vaginal odor is accompanied by symptoms such as itching, burning, redness, pain, discharge or sores, you need to visit a gynecologist right away for treatment.
While your period may put a damper on some of your activities it doesn’t have to get in the way of everything. OB-GYNs often hear women asking whether it’s okay to have sex while on their period. The simple answer is that sex is completely fine during this time of the month. Of course, there is a lot more that goes into it. Find out everything you need to know about having sex while on your period to decide whether this is the right decision for you.
The first thing to consider is how comfortable you feel with having sex while on your period. It’s completely natural and completely safe, but some women are concerned that they might feel a bit self-conscious or that they may ruin the sheets. If you are concerned about getting blood on your bedding, you can always place a towel down, or opt for another location such as the shower that won’t have you worried that you may have to throw out your nice new sheets.
One benefit to having sex while on your period is that menstruation can often act as a lubricant, which can make the act more pleasurable for everyone. Plus, with the elevation of hormones such as estrogen and testosterone, you may find yourself more sexually charged and more easily aroused, which can be a major plus. If you also find that you easily experience dryness during sex then having sex while on your period may actually improve the situation. It’s even believed that orgasms can help with menstrual cramps.
Of course, there are two other things to consider before you get down to business. The first thing you’ll want to do is discuss this with your partner to make sure that everyone is comfortable with the idea of having sex while on your period. By making sure that your partner is completely comfortable with the situation you negate any negative thoughts or concerns you may have during sex.
The second thing to consider is that many women hear that they can’t get pregnant during their period so they opt to have sex without a condom. It’s important that you talk to your gynecologist about the risks involved in not using a condom. Besides the risk of contracting STDs, there is also still a possibility that you could get pregnant. For some women, their ovulation overlaps with their menstruation. If you aren’t taking birth control then you’ll want to wear protection even during this time of the month.
If you have questions about your sexual health, menstruation or other women’s health issues, your OBGYN is here to help. There is no question too embarrassing or awkward. We are here to make sure you get the answers you need to lead a healthy life.
Know what to expect when you are expecting…with a high-risk pregnancy.
Finding out you’re pregnant is such an exciting time; however, finding out you are a high-risk pregnancy can make things a little more complicated. Of course, our Brownsville, TX, OBGYN Dr. J. Gabriel Guajardo offers the individualized, gentle care you need throughout your high-risk pregnancy to put your mind at ease and to make your pregnancy a happy and joyous time.
What makes a pregnancy high risk?
There are several factors that can make a pregnancy high risk including,
- The age of the mother
- Preexisting medical conditions
- Gestational diabetes
- Multiple Births
The age of the mother: Women who are under 17 years old or over 35 years old are at an increased risk for complications during pregnancy. There is also an increase in certain genetic disorders. These risks increase further for mothers-to-be who are over 40 years old.
Preexisting conditions: Women who are dealing with certain chronic health problems such as diabetes, heart disorders, autoimmune disorders, STDs, HIV or high blood pressure need to let our Brownsville, TX, obstetrician know during their first visit so that we can monitor them and provide them with the proper care they need to prevent miscarriages or other serious health complications. We may also perform certain procedures or tests during your visit to rule out any issues or just as a safety precaution.
Medical conditions during pregnancy: Sometimes women develop health problems when they become pregnant, which is why it’s also important that you schedule an appointment as soon as possible after finding out you are pregnant. The first visit will not only confirm the pregnancy but we will also be able to catch any health problems that may have developed such as preeclampsia or gestational diabetes.
Multiple births: Women who are carrying twins, triplets or even more babies are more likely to be a high-risk pregnancy since this can increase the mother-to-be’s chances of developing certain health problems or premature labor.
We know how important it is to have an obstetrician on your side during your pregnancy. Call our Brownsville, TX, obstetric and gynecology clinic today to learn more about the services we offer.