Can Ovarian Cysts Cause Odor

Odor eradication suggestions can be quite beneficial in several situations in today's world. Think of the many situations that we are forced to endure unpleasant smells when looking for something in some places. Removal of bad odor can be done in different ways depending mainly on the type of odor and the place or circumstances under which the odor is manifest.

One of many areas where odor could be a source of concern includes the body. Almost all animals have their unique body odor and some if not most of them are not so pleasant. If a person is prawn to bad body odor, he may resort to the use of perfumes and other anti-odorants that will help reduce or may be contain the dominance of the smell.

The specific situation could be relatively different when dealing with the home. Our homes can be taken over by bad odor especially if we do not maintain some standards of cleanliness at all times. If you are concerned about the bad odor that comes from the bathroom or kitchen, there are strategic methods of dealing with that, on the other hand, if the smell originates from the carpets or rugs, the approach would vary accordingly.

If you have pets in your house, it is at times very tricky to regulate or restrict their activities to specific regions within the home particularly when you are not around. Take the example of a canine that stays home when people go away for a variety of activities, you should not be shocked when such a home gradually becomes very stinky many thanks to the canine pee that could be passed anywhere within the room or home.

If such urine is not cleaned and the furry friend either trained to go out for such future activities, the house may before long turn out to be inhabitable because of the unique odor that will be coming from the pet-poo and urine that will have become a part of the system. It is however crucial that you note that the range of chemical substances or remedies that may be used to fight unique odor in your home vary by incorporating firms making use of green environment-friendly solutions rather than the chemical based ones.

Chemical substances such as white vinegar and lemon juice have been used for unique odor elimination for a long time in the history of the human race. These methods happen to be embraced by many people who come into contact with the smell. If on the flip side you're not in a position to know what solutions you can use to eliminate odor, try odor eradication tips from well-known cleaning businesses who will obviously have an array of solutions to try out.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    is this soreness caused by ovarian cysts?
    i have 2large complex cysts on my left ovary.i'm waiting for blood results to test for malignancy.they cause pelvic pain,pressure on my bladder/vagina,painful sex&urination,constipation,acne,sore boobs,bloating etc.for 3wks now my vagina's been very red&sore.no itching/odour/discharge so i doubt its thrush.i've tried yogurt,caneston&gels for bacterial vaginosis etc.nothing!its getting worse.std tests negative too.can this be from my cysts?thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      NO DEAR.OVARIAN CYSTS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS..........IT IS MOSTLY DUE TO INFECTION, MAY BE TRICHOMONAS SO YOU SHOULD USE METRONIDAZOLE (FLAGYL)..IT MAY BE ALSO DUE TO ALLERGY TO SOME VAGINAL MEDICATIONS OR TAMPOONS.........DO NOT WORRY....BUT YOU SHOULD HAVE THIS COMPLEX CYST REMEVED ANYWAY ,SOON I PREFER. BEST OF LUCK

  2. QUESTION:
    Can Ovarian Cysts cause bleeding in early pregnancy?
    Ok, I am 6 weeks pregnant, went to ER this morning for bleeding, they did all sorts of test and a sonogram and baby is fine measuing just right HB 188, but they did tell me I have an ovarian cysts. They gave me no explaination as to why I was bleeding. Could this be why? Anyone else ever experience this in early pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      I bled in early pregnancy, right about 6 or 7 weeks pregnant. It's completely normal to bleed in the first trimester. As long as your not having terrible cramping or pain and there is no odor or clotting, you are fine. Since they did all the tests and everything is good, I wouldn't worry about it.

      If it gets worse or you start having pain, then go back to the ER.

  3. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cysts HELP! GIRLZ?
    Hi
    Please help! girls with similar experiences.
    In Dec 2007 I had a 3cm cyst in My right ovary and had a Laparoscopy in which they removed it and also some Endometriosis.
    I went back for a scan yesterday as some usual symptoms returned and also urinating alot and there was a cyst back in my right ovary and it causing pressure on the bladder to make me pee twice as much at 6 cm under 3 inches its came back and doubled in size.
    I am now really worried will I have to go back in for a further or even different operation?
    Why has it grown back?
    Cancer?
    I am also experiencing heavy discharge could this be connected?
    I have been checked for sti/std and bacterial infections all negative ect

    Thanx

    This would help so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Ovarian cysts are actually common (usually a genetic thing) and yes, they do often come back once you have one or more of them removed. You're not doing anything to make them come back, it just happens sometimes.

      I'm assuming that your gyno checked the cysts as well as the rest of your female parts... and if she did, you don't have anything to worry about as far as cancer goes. They check those that may be pre-cancerous, and (should) let you know when that is the case. I'm assuming you have a good gyno who checked these things out and found no reason to be concerned about cancer. But if you are still worried, talk to him/her about it, and they should be able to answer all your questions.

      But the fact you have cysts that keep coming back does not, in and of itself, have anything to do with cancer.

      I'm not sure about the discharge. Bring it up to the gyno, don't be embaressed about it. I'm guessing it might just be a natural thing, if they checked you out for everything else. Not sure if it would be related to the cysts, but regardless, probably harmless. Though if it has an odor or anything, have them check you again. You might have something else (not necessarily an std either).

      Also, talk your doctor about birth control. I personally hate the stuff, but my gyno did recommend I get on a low dose birth control as it is effective in preventing cysts in the future. I can't give you medical advice, but it's definitely something you might bring up along with the rest of it.

  4. QUESTION:
    Black discharge linked to ovarian cysts?
    About three months ago I developed a small bump by my left ovary, it causes no pain except when I have my period, the first time I noticed it I had my period & I was in more pain then usual, I experienced a really uncomfortable feeling in my left hip that I've never felt before, i couldn't sit in some positions for very long & sleeping was a pain, it stopped afterward but it came back the next time I got my period, but then it started giving me severe pain that almost felt like a weird sort of cramp but very different from what i usually experience, I looked up the symptoms and it sounded like an ovarian cyst, I just got over my period for the third time I've had this & this time the pain was a lot less severe, I rarely noticed the cyst, but now I just discharged a lot of this black/brown odor-less chunky mucus & I'm worried, is this from the cyst?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be from the cyst. If you are concerned a trip to the doctors will lessen your worries.

  5. QUESTION:
    could this be an ovarian cyst?
    i asked this question a few days ago, but everyone told me to take a pregnancy test and i did...it came out NEGATIVE

    i was supposed to have my period about 4 days ago and i still have not, i have no symptoms of having my period, being preg, or having a yeast infection. The only thing is that i am having the pee a few more times during the day, but there is no odor or pain
    Im not cramping, bloating, moody, no headaches, or tenderness; idk what is wrong

    im gonna take another pregnancy test sunday cause that would be around the day i would have gotten off my period, and no matter what it comes out to be, im gonna go to the doctor next week sometime.

    i was just wondering if anyone else has had something like this in the past or is going through it now and could give me any suggestions about what it could be besides pregnancy

    P.S. Im 18 and have had normal periods all my life until now

    • ANSWER:
      I've had ovarian cysts before, and usually the first symptom is pain or discomfort. The first cyst I ever had caused so much pain that I had to go to a clinic because it was after hours and I had no idea what was wrong. So, since you're not having any discomfort, it's probably not that. But you know your body more than anyone, so make an appointment with the doctor, and if you feel you don't need it, you can always cancel. Plus, 4 days late isn't bad, your body may just be going through some hormonal changes. Good Luck!

  6. QUESTION:
    DISCHARGE WITH OVARIAN CYST!?
    Hi,
    I just posted and got no reply.
    I have only one ovary left due to cysts; i found out i have a 3 cm cyst with lots of pain; no periods and hormonal problems. Now tonight i noticed thick rubber discharge no odor nothing.. what is that? and has anyone else had cysts this small cause pain?

    • ANSWER:
      The vagina is self-cleaning and will try to do its job regardless of cysts and/or only having one ovary.

      As for the pain, yes, some cysts do cause pain no matter how small. It depends on how sensitive you are.

      See your doctor if you are concerned.

  7. QUESTION:
    Possibly thinking UTI, chlamydia or possibly ovarian cysts ?
    I had been sexually active for about 4 years with 5 different partners. I have never had a check up. I am slightly worried .. I think I may have an STD/STI. Possibly thinking UTI, chlamydia or maybe ovarian cyst or hernia .. PLEASE HELP!

    I have always had a little bit of discharge but in the past 6 months it has gotten a lot thicker and cloudier. I have been taking the contraceptive pill for about 5 months but havent had sex since. The discharge has no odor but comes out like a stringy jelly type weirdness. It is kind of clear and white-ish and can sometime dry a yellow-ish colour. Lately my urine hasnt been very clear and is kind of cloudy. I have recently been getting a weird pain in my lower right side of my pelvis when I sneeze or use my ab muscles. I have also noticed that my pubic hair has become a lot thicker and more of it (but that could be from the contraceptive pill) I have also put on a bit of weight (possibly also the pill) I am very fatigued as well.

    Please help, any suggestions other than see a doctor is much appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Ok, first of all it's a good idea to have a Pap done every year (even if your not sexually active). I can tell you that the discharge you are describing sounds normal, it can look clear or white and not be a problem as long as there is no odor. If there is a foul odor or the discharge changes to a dark yellow or green color it could be a bacterial infection. I found out I had gotten one a few weeks after I had surgery last year and my only clue was having discolored discharge. If you are worried about your discharge not being normal I would definitely see a GYN doctor as not all GP's can diagnose a bacterial infection (I learned that the hard way as my GP didn't know I had an infection which was then left untreated for a few weeks until I was able to get to a GYN, I am fine now but it caused me a lot of unneccessary problems).
      As for the color of your urine, that is more than likely due to the amount of fluids you drink per day. The more water you drink the lighter the color of your urine (drink a ton of water and your urine will be clear).
      Honestly I think that you should really get to a GYN just to get tested since it's been a while and to get your pap done, they are very important tests! Take care of yourself!

  8. QUESTION:
    Possible ovarian cyst or miracle pregnancy?
    Since ovulation 5 days ago, I have been experiencing horrific breast soreness (shooting pain, hot sensation), nausea, extra discharge (white/clear, no odor, no discomfort), pelvic cramping, and serious fatigue. Although my symptoms are very similar to what I experienced early on in both my previous pregnancies, it's just too early in my cycle for that, not to mention, I had a tubal ligation 3 years ago. I am thinking ovarian cyst, but everything I have read, seems to contradict what I am feeling. Anyone else experience phantom pregnancy symptoms and have an ovarian cyst? Any other ideas what is causing this to occur?

    • ANSWER:
      These could also be symptoms of your period soon to come but I would recommend getting in touch with your doctor to have them evaluate the situation further to see what they think is going on.

  9. QUESTION:
    Does this mean that I had an ovarian cyst that ruptured?
    I have been diagnosed with ovarian cysts. One on my left and one on my right side. The other day, I was sitting on the couch watching a movie and out of the blue thought that I needed to go to the bathroom to go #2. When I got there I felt alot of pressure on my bottom area and did go but not alot. I came to the kitchen table and sat down. I started to have some really bad cramping in my pelvic area. I decided that I needed to go lay down. As soon as I got up, I had severe pain and could barely walk. I made it to the bed but laid there for about 20 minutes screaming from the pain. It only lasted about 20 mins and went away. Since then I have had a watery discharge with no color or odor. I still have some cramping but not alot. Someone please please tell me what you think. I was told that one of the cyst had ruptured and the discharge is nothing to worry about.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it sounds like it to me

      here is some info

      what exactly happens if one ovarian cyst should burst.
      Severe pain that will usually radiate from the lower abdomen to the pelvic area is what women will most likely experience when an ovarian cyst bursts.
      The degree of pain felt by each person is affected by what happens when the ovarian cyst bursts. There are many contributing factors such as any infection of the cyst, any bleeding of the cyst, and what elements made up the cyst.
      Individuals who experience the sharp pain of a burst ovarian cyst must immediately rush to a hospital for appropriate treatment.
      This acute pain is caused by the irritation of the lining of the peritoneal cavity known as the peritoneum. The peritoneum can be irritated by blood or the contents of the cyst. The cyst can also have a high concentration of prostaglandins, which can cause inflammation and cause even more pain to women with ovarian cysts, both directly and indirectly.

      Maybe get yourself to the hospital to be checked out

      Good Luck hun

  10. QUESTION:
    Different vaginal odor always three days before period, is it a hormonal smell?
    I've always had no problems with my vagina, it smells good for 3 weeks of the month, then I get this smell and it's quite unusual, it's not fishy or yeasty as it would be if there was an infection of some kind, it's different.. It's not that unpleasant, but still I probably wouldn't want my boyfriend going near there at this time of the month.... Usually about two days after I get this smell, I get my period, period finishes, no smell. Is it some kind of female hormone smell?

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Julia, Understanding what your particular feminine odor means and how to treat this sometimes-embarrassing problem,you are a woman of child bearing age, then you would have some sort of vaginal odor.feminine odor changes throughout your normal monthly menstrual cycle, and is subject to outside situations such as the presence of bacteria, foods that you eat, or hormonal functions. The reason is simple. The vagina is prone to vaginal secretions and discharge due to a malady of factors that affect the way it smells. This, is nothing to be embarrassed about. In short, at any given time your vagina will have a smell to it. Just like your breath or your feet, there is a certain odor associated with the vagina.However, at times many women notice that their vagina smells differently. It may smell metallic, or musty or even give off somewhat of a fishy smell. These different odors, are often associated with bacterial or yeast infections and occur alongside vaginal itchiness, burning, irritation, and a change in what would be considered your normal monthly menstrual discharge.Your normal monthly cycle from your period to ovulation is motivated by a concoction of hard working hormones that all have a role to play in your fertility. Prior to your period, as estrogen and progesterone dance in preparation for pregnancy, it is absolutely normal to notice an often metallic and sometimes fishy smell to the vagina.women who notice a routine vaginal odor prior to their period, have very little to worry about especially if the odor subsides after menstruation. After your period, when vaginal secretions minimize and hormones fluctuate once again, you will notice that feminine odor is minimal.vaginal odor during your period is absolutely normal. Not only is your body shedding blood, but also clots as well as remnants of your uterine lining. This can equate to an odd smell, mixed with the metallic smell of blood that many women complain about when they are on their period. Additionally, scented pads and other sanitary products can mix with secretions from your vagina, actually making the smell worse. The best defense is to change pads and tampons often (every six hours), and to wash well, using a hand held shower to clean inside the vagina. That being said, if you notice an extremely pungent smell during your period that reminds you of a dead animal, you may have a uterine or ovarian cyst that is trying to pass. Accompanied by pain, this warrants a trip to a physician.Vaginal odor and pain are a recipe for trouble. Often times the pain is itching, irritation or even cramping that can occur with even minor infections. The most routine culprits are a yeast infection or a bacterial vaginosis.It could be something that you have eaten, such as a spicy meal. It could also be over indulgence in alcohol, or be caused by medications or supplements that you are taking. While garlic is often a natural cure for vaginal odor, when eaten it can also be a culprit. Essentially, everything you put into your body is secreted through your bodily fluids, including those of the vaginal region. Additionally, menstrual changes throughout the month,Vaginal garlic suppositories can help to get rid of vaginal odors. There is also evidence that drinking one ounce of apple cider vinegar mixed in 8 ounces of water daily can help to balance bodily pH, making vaginal odor from overgrowth of flora and bacteria less likely. AVOIDANCE of foods such as sugary foods, starches, mushrooms, caffeinated products and alcohol all which are associated with an over production of bodily yeast, can be beneficial in eliminating vaginal odor.to get rid of vaginal odor, Using holistic products or antifungal products sold over the counter at your local pharmacy are the safest ways to combat vaginal odor, especially if you suspect it is from bacteria. Additionally, taking pro-biotic supplements like Femanol can also significantly boost your immune system to fight any existing vaginal odor problem as well as prevent any future recurrence.bathe in a tub with one half cup of vinegar and salt mixed into the bathwater.use of Neems Bark extract (found in health food stores) as well as tea tree oil, both of which have strong anti-fungal and antibacterial properties.Vitamin C suppositories have been used to help eliminate symptoms associated with vaginal odors. Also increasing Vitamin D intake can also help to reduce vaginal odors.Wear clean underwear made of cotton, breathable fabrics.Avoid tight clothing.Bathe regularly, using warm water, and mild soap to clean the vaginal area.Make sure to avoid scented female products and douches to clean the vagina.
      Change pads and tampons regularly when menstruating.Use barrier methods of birth control if semen causes you a problem.Always wipe front to back after bowel movements.Avoid spicy and starchy foods, and alcohol and caffeinated beverages.Make it a habit to include fresh fruits and leafy vegetables in your daily diet

  11. QUESTION:
    Strange Vaginal Odor?
    I went in to have a CT scan several days ago and was told there was some fluid in my pelvic region, probably due to a ruptured Ovarian cyst. I haven't been able to go to an OBGYN yet to verify this. Ever since that visit I've had this strange vaginal odor and I'm wondering could it be caused by the cyst rupturing? Or could it be caused by the liquid they had to put into the IV to see my organs clearer?
    - I'm not sexually active.
    - I bathe daily so hygiene isn't a problem.
    - There isn't any discharge, only this odor.

    Would anyone possibly know what it could be caused by? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      They insert a fluid which is glue like used as medicine into your that organ,
      Definitely u will get rid from that after sometime,
      Just keep hygiene use candid powder at that part...!
      And don't think that rubbish things that you are not Sexual active.
      I am one physician so make me believe...!

  12. QUESTION:
    I have a feminine problem and wanted to know if anyone might know the cause?
    for 4 week i have had unusual intermittent cramps. they almost remind me of an ovarian cyst but not quite. usually i only notice during intercourse but sometimes they just happen. they really quick(almost instantaneous) and make my knees buckle. also i have noticed a really bad smell. my husband says he hasn't but i have very strongly. I can't seem to get rid of it. i even tried douching and all it did was give me a yeast infection. the infection is gone now but the smell and the cramps aren't. I'm also late. but the tests come up negative. (we have been trying) i have an appointment with the dr. but it's not for a week. i could do a walk-in and be seen tomorrow but we're night shift so that means losing sleep which i'd rather not do. i've never had a problem like this before. the closest i've come has been cysts. anyone got an idea what it might be?

    • ANSWER:
      You may have a bacterial infection, they can cause cramping and an odour.

  13. QUESTION:
    Early period, brown blood, pain. Cyst? Pregnant? Please reply with answers..?
    I am 23 years old and sexualy active. My last cycle was very odd, my fiance and I were trying to get pregnant and since I have a four year old I know I am able to carry full term. What was odd though, was that my cycle was four days late and when it came I spotted brown blood for the first day but the next morning it was pink and I had horrible cramps. I never get menstral cramps, or bloating or moods. When the pain got too unbarable to even sit up alone my fiance took me to the E.R. They did a few tests and came to the conclusion I had either had an early spontanious abortion (miscarrage) or a ruptured cyst. After another week of horrible pain it stopped. I am now bleeding brown again.. but this time I'm a week early, as in eight days early. I am also bleeding brown again, this time though its actually a heavier flow of bleeding so that I have to use a tampon, and the colour is more brown/black than then brown/red last cycle. Now, I know that brown blood is just old blood, but there is no odor to it. Also, I have been having trouble sleeping, I have been more keen to certain smells, certain foods and drinks make me nauseous, I'm gassy (embarassing) and I have a dull ache in the same area as I did when I ended up in the E.R. Today is day two of this 'cycle' and I'm most likely stressing over nothing, but I'm a silly girl and wonder sometimes. I have an appointent with my doctor in a few weeks, but its killing me not knowing what the poo is going on. If it was a cyst last time could this brown blood just be more of that damage? Or.. (please no) was it a miscarrage last time and (because a woman needs up to - I think - two months to heal her body after a miscarrage before its able to healthily conciev again) this is just another one? (We aren't using any form of birth control) Or could last time be the cyst and this is implantation bleeding? I am so confused and scared and don't want to wait another two to three weeks to be seen if I should get help asap. Please help?

    • ANSWER:
      Brown blood is old blood, and red blood is fresh blood, like you said. Brown blood is usually not a cause for too much concern. Have you had an ultrasound to rule out ovarian cysts? I would ask for a transvaginal ultrasound to see what's going on... speculation is great, but seeing what's going on it better.

      Ask for copies of the ultrasound pictures in case you decide to get a 2nd opinion. In the meantime, if you are trying to conceive, keep up a really healthy lifestyle like you would do if you were already pregnant.

      Best of luck! I hope everything works out for you.

  14. QUESTION:
    i have quite serious pain between my vagina and my anus... can anyone help me?
    whenever i sit down... the thingy there will be very very pain... can anyone help me? T.T ... *ps: i never had sex before*

    • ANSWER:
      Possible hemmorhoid, internal . external, or urinary tract infection if any of these: urgency, frequency, blood, or pain when peeing. Sometimes ovarian cysts rupture can cause pain in that area, Please call doc and get GYN exam and urine tested. If persistent and interferes with sleep or other go to Walk in clinic tonight. Do you have abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or a fever. Any discharge new or changes in color, odor or amount?.. Have you taken any home pain medication. Does a warm bath help? Do you have to lie on your side?

  15. QUESTION:
    Why do I have a DARK Discharge?
    When I had my baby I had a dark blood, odor and pain, which was an infection. but now I do not hurt there isnt an odor but I"m having a dark brown discharge. I don't understand why, i don't currently have money or insurance to go to the doctor but i need some kind of answer. I don't know if it makes a difference, but i do have one of those IUD's. could that be why? i don't want to assume anything, without reason.

    • ANSWER:
      This is brake through bleeding/old blood and yes - an IUD can be the cause or an ovarian cyst or infection. You will have to give your GYN a call....

  16. QUESTION:
    Girls only please. I have a problem with "down there"?
    I have had dark brown vaginal discharge for awhile but 2 days ago, after having sex, my husband came out and said there was dark brown stuff on him. It has a very strong odor and is dark brown (almost black). Anyone help me please!

    • ANSWER:
      Dark brown discharge is old blood (blood darkens as it ages). If it's been around your menstrual period that's probably what is. If it's been going on for awhile, I would consult a doctor. You may have had an ovarian cyst rupture or something else that is causing bleeding.

  17. QUESTION:
    Does this sound like my girl friend is pregnant?
    Ok so my and my girlfriend have been going out for 3 months now and ben having sex for 2 months, We have protected sex w/ condoms and some times also with a spermicidal

    Lately my girlfriend has been having stomach problems after sex and says it hurts really bad to were she some times throws up. Some times she gets mood swings on litle things.

    She currently has a urinary track infection or what it seems like to be, because she sais it burn when she uses the bathroom

    i searched common symptoms:
    10. Tender, swollen breasts
    9. Fatigue
    8. Implantation bleeding
    7. Nausea or vomiting
    6. Increased sensitivity to odors
    5. Abdominal bloating
    4. Frequent urination
    3. A missed period
    2. Your basal body temperature stays high
    1. The proof: A positive home pregnancy test

    The only ones that ive noticed being with her are Numbers 4, 7

    And about the period , it was delayed by a week or so

    Please help me
    About the new postitions , we have been trying new positions, so do you think thta has an effect?

    o by the way , we are both 18 year old

    • ANSWER:
      She needs to go to a doctor, to be checked out for (1) interstitial cystitis (2) ovarian cysts. Both can cause pelvic pain and pain after/during sex.

  18. QUESTION:
    Lower abdominal pain please please help?
    So since like yesterday my area down there has been acting a little strange....i've been making mass amount of discharge and when i press on my lower abdomin it feels like a sharp pain as well as whatevers in there presses agaisnt my back and feels a little bloated. i tried looking it up on google but i wasn't very successful...i went off my bc a little more than 2 weeks ago...could this be why? help please.....btw it does not feel like having a period

    • ANSWER:
      Going off your b/c pill 2 weeks ago means that now you are probably ovulating, which can cause a thicker white discharge (without a smell) Also could be an ovarian cyst which can also be caused by you going off the pill, and is not a big deal. will ususally go away on its own or will go away if you get back on the pill. Both can cause bloating and thicker white discharge, but without a smell, and can feel like a sharp stabbing pain on a specific side. If your discharge is colored or has an odor then its most definitely an infection and you should go to your doctor.

  19. QUESTION:
    (girls only) i have a discharge problem.?
    okay, i have ovarian cysts.. i don.t know if this discharge is like a side effect of that or what?
    i.m really pretty embarrassed by this && i don.t know if its a serious problem.
    its got a little bit of a yellow-ish tent to it... i.m reallly clean "down there" so i really don.t know what.s wrong.
    i.m really concerned about this.. ladies can you please help me??!

    • ANSWER:
      An abnormal vaginal discharge is any discharge that has blood in it when you are not menstruating, has changed to a greenish or yellow color, has an unpleasant odor, and/or causes vaginal itching. You should contact your doctor if you are experiencing an abnormal discharge.

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  20. QUESTION:
    Constantly peeing But no pain.?
    It has been a year now and I constantly have the urge to pee.I am 20 years old and a female. Now everynight I wake up just to pee and sometimes it doesn't come alot, but it does take a few seconds for it to come out. The thing is that the color is clear and it looks normal, there is no pain and theres no odor. Everything looks normal except that I have to go to the bathroom constantly and honestly im afraid it could be serious. If it is an infection, shouldn't the pee be a little cloudy along with other symptoms? Im planning on going to the doctor in a week. But until then, what could it be? And what could be the cause of this? Btw I don't drink alot of water. Even when I don't drink water I still gotta go. Its like unnecessary urine. And also, could it be possible that my bladder muscles have somehow changed?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be lots of things - for example, an ovarian cyst can mean you have to pee frequently. See a doctor and get checked out.

  21. QUESTION:
    are the side effects to having a curved cervix?
    pinkish discharge after sex, only pain on the right side, only sometimes not everytime, weird odor sometimes

    • ANSWER:
      curved cervix? you mean a retroverted unterus? should not cause any difference, other than your unterus points towards your rectum instead of bladder, pain after sex and discharge could be from the man bumping into ovaries.....pain on right side could be ovarian cyst...etc...there are so many reasons why you could be experiencing these feelings, weird odor is not normal though. call your gyno......

  22. QUESTION:
    irregular period abnormally excessive discharge?
    ok, awkward, i know.

    im 17. since about august my period has been very irregular. it comes about every two and a half weeks and only stays for about 4 days.

    with the sudden irregular periods came more discharge then im use to.
    i used to only discharge heavily for a few days before each period and then only a little bit for the rest of the month.

    now i discharge heavily all the time. sometimes is slightly yellow, the rest of the time its a normal cloudy/clear white color.

    what is going on?

    • ANSWER:
      Having irregular or missed periods can be caused by a number of things such as significant weight gain or loss (although low body weight is a common cause of missed or irregular periods, obesity also can cause menstrual problems), over-exercise, poor nutrition (or a diet too high in carbohydrates), smoking, certain medications, caffeine, excessive alcohol use (interfering with how the liver metabolizes estrogen and progesterone), eating disorders, increased stress, PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome or estrogen dominance), uterine abnormalities such as fibroids, ovarian cysts, polyps, endometriosis and hormonal imbalances.

      Changes that may signal a problem include an increase in the amount of discharge, a change in the color or smell of the discharge, and irritation, itchiness or burning in or around your vagina. This is called vaginitis. A discharge that's stained with blood when you're not having your period could also be a sign of a problem. Some other types of infections such as yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis can also cause discharge that is usually accompanied by odor such as beer/yeast/fish.

      I would recommend you consult with your doctor/gynaecologist for further evaluation to see what they think could be causing this if you have missed your period for more than two months.

      Good luck :)

  23. QUESTION:
    pain on right side of lower abdomen, milky discharge. Pregnant? UTI? STD? help!!!?
    so im freaking out because there's a million different things that the internet is telling me about my symptoms. so i am just going to lay them out. first off, i am sexually active, and my last menstral period was april 2nd but on april 23 i had a light period that only lasted 2 days.
    with the stress of finals, i just kind of brushed everything aside but that was a week ago and all these symptoms are here.
    *3 days ago i took a pregnancy test and it was negative
    * i have a larger than normal amount of white, milky discharge, not any weird odor or anything, just a lot
    * ive been finding it hard to fall asleep and im restless when i do sleep
    *i have a pain in my lower right abdomen, i imagine its in between my bladder and ovary
    * ive been having low back pain and headaches
    * ive been moody, and able to smell things with more sensitivity
    * low-grade fever, maybe like 99.5 or so
    *i dont think i have any burning when i pee because i asked my friend, and she said you would KNOW if it burned when you pee
    so some of the things i got was kidney infection, bladder infection, pregnancy, ECTOPIC pregnancy (that's one of my worst fears), UTI, and std's
    has this happened to anyone else that has had any of these conditions? i dont have health insurance and i dont want to sound like a hypochondriac and go to the doctor for nothing, but i dont know, this sounds like it might be something

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you could have an ovarian cyst. dont freak out, i know that sounds bad and they can cause a lot of pain, but they are actually not that rare. I have a reoccurring ovarian cyst that hurts every month when I ovulate and then goes away until next month. I think maybe you are working yourself up more than neccessary. I do that too and trust me it will only make it worse, I AM a hypochondriac, so believe me.
      Make an appointment with a doctor, and in the meantime, talk with someone about this and try to stay calm.
      the best thing to tell yourself right now (and i know it is hard) is that until you go to the doctor, there is nothing you can do about it because you do not know what the problem is or if there even is one, so worrying will not help you.
      as far as std's go, if you did not have unprotected sex with anyone (i mean if you didnt use a condom) then it is very unlikely that you have an std. condoms arent 100 percent, but still.
      it could just be all the stress you are under causing this. try to calm yourself down.

  24. QUESTION:
    I need help! girls private area!?
    So I had sex with myboyfriend yesterday protected, then unprotected... it hurt a little even though this wasn't our first time, but today my vagina has been wet alot and it burns to pee, my vagina has an odor and my stomach is tender and feels heavy... What could it be?please help

    • ANSWER:
      painful sex could be caused by several things dear and there many things you don't mention in your question and I don't want to go ahead and simply assume things about you
      But painful sex can simply be that he is going too deep and hitting your cervix
      you might have a urinary tract infection or a bladder infection
      since it burns you to pee, your urine smells and your stomach feels heavy
      can also be premenstrual symptoms, if you are on birth control
      it can also be an early/ late period that is painful and causes your stomach to feel this way
      I also know that ovarian cysts and endomitriosis cause painful sex
      Yet again, you don't tell me enough so I can help you more
      I honestly suggest you see a doctor, let him/her take a urine sample or a swab from your vagina. What ever is necessary for her to Access your situation. Best of luck & hope you feel better

  25. QUESTION:
    What is that white dischage meAN?
    Me and my boyfriend was haveing sex and it was hurting on my leftside and when he wne to get because of it hurting there was this werid looking dicharge it was white and i dont know it looked werid and could this mean im pregant of what?we have sex just about every day and i have lost a pill and then had sex that same day.then the next day took i coutinued to take the pack..then ia skipped a pill and took the two the neext with have sex everyday...I have been having stomach pains and cramps or somthing on my left side half this week.some one tell me whats worng..I realy need to know.!!

    • ANSWER:
      Glands inside your vagina and cervix make small amounts of fluid. This fluid flows out of the vagina each day, carrying out old cells that have lined the vagina. This is your body's way of keeping your vagina healthy and clean. The discharge is usually clear or milky and doesn't smell bad.

      The color and thickness of the discharge change with your monthly cycle. The discharge is thicker when you ovulate (when one of your ovaries releases an egg), when a woman is breastfeeding or when a woman is sexually excited.

      Changes that may signal a problem include an increase in the amount of discharge, a change in the color or smell of the discharge, and irritation, itchiness or burning in or around your vagina. This is called vaginitis. A discharge that's stained with blood when you're not having your period could also be a sign of a problem. Some other types of infections such as yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis can also cause discharge that is usually accompanied by odor such as beer/yeast/fish.

      Abdominal/pelvic pain that is similar to that of period cramping may indicate a problem in a reproductive organ (like the pain around your ovaries or uterus).

      This includes conditions such as endometriosis (when tissue from the uterus is displaced to somewhere else like the pelvic wall or ovaries), uterine fibroids (thick bands of muscular and fibrous tissue in the uterus), ovarian cysts, ovarian cancer (rare), or pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) infection of the reproductive organs, usually from a sexually transmitted disease.

      If you have pain in your ovary area, you might have an ovarian cyst. I have experienced that same type of pain whenever I have had an ovarian cyst. I was also diagnosed with endometriosis last year which caused me severe pelvic pain and intense and painful period cramping.

      Based on your symptoms and what you wrote, I would recommend that you should see your doctor/gynaecologist, just to rule out any serious causes.

      Good luck :)

  26. QUESTION:
    Having some aches im worried about?
    I am cramping like menstrual cramps in my right side..down very low..close to my pelvic area. I'm not due for my period till the beginning of next month. It shoots pain..and is down in my thigh.Also having some pain in my lower legs..like a sharp ache..not sure what it is. My vagina sometimes burns all of a sudden.and i have a strong odor after using the restroom. Im not sexually active..so this couldn't effect this. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You might want to go see you physician about this. I experienced some of those symptoms and later found out that I have endometriosis and ovarian cysts.
      I am not saying this to frighten you, but it was a scary situation for me. Hopefully you are just suffering from cramps!
      Also, a bladder infection could cause some of these problems. Try drinking some cranberry juice and see if that helps!

  27. QUESTION:
    A female friend confided in me about her excess body hair .. what do i tell her?
    I have a really good friend, who took the courage to confide in me about her excess body hair.

    She said she needs help, doesn't know what do, feels humiliated and it has ruined her confidence and so all her relationships (she has never had one) and so her chances for children or a husband or happy normal future.
    she is 25y/o

    She has extreme body hair, as in, she has fine but very visible hair covering her entire stomach, boob, chest and back area .. and to get by through the days she tries to remove what she can through epilation (home electronic twizing device)
    But obviously this is a continuous chore

    Anyway, she is looking at me for help .. i don't know what to advice her.
    Can anyone suggest anything?
    Pls don't be rude about this, as it is a serious issue and she is my dear friend who i want to help.

    • ANSWER:
      Excessive or unwanted hair in women
      MedlinePlus Topics
      Hair Problems
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      Ovarian cysts
      Overproductive ovaries The normal amount of body hair varies widely among women. Usually, a woman will only grow fine hair (peach fuzz) on her lips, chin, chest, abdomen, or back. When women grow coarse, dark hairs in these areas, the condition is called hirsutism. This pattern of hair growth is more typical of men.

      Causes
      All women normally produce low levels of male hormones (androgens). Unwanted hair growth (hirsutism) in women may occur when the body makes too much male hormone.

      In most cases, the exact cause is never identified. It tends to run in families. In general, hirsutism is a harmless condition. But many women find it bothersome, or even embarrassing.

      A common cause is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Women with PCOS and other hormone conditions that cause unwanted hair growth may also have acne, problems with menstrual periods, trouble losing weight, a deeper voice similar to that of men, and diabetes. If these symptoms start suddenly, there may be a tumor that releases male hormones.

      The following other causes of unwanted hair growth are rare:

      Tumor or cancer of the adrenal gland
      Tumor or cancer of the ovary
      Cushing's syndrome
      Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
      Hyperthecosis (a condition in which the ovaries produce too much male hormones)
      Medications (testosterone, danazol, anabolic steroids, glucocorticoids, cyclosporine, minoxidil, phenytoin)
      Rarely a woman with hirsutism will have normal levels of male hormones, and the specific cause of the unwanted hair growth cannot be identified.

      Home Care
      Hirsutism is generally a long-term problem. There are a number of ways to remove or treat unwanted hair. Some treatment effects last longer than others.

      Weight loss in overweight women can reduce hair growth. Bleaching or lightening hair may make it less noticeable.

      Temporary hair removal options include:

      Shaving does not cause more hair to grow, but the hair may look thicker.
      Plucking and waxing are fairly safe and are not expensive. However, they can be painful and there is a risk for scarring, swelling, and skin darkening.
      Chemicals may be used, but most have a bad odor.
      Laser hair removal (electrolysis) uses electrical current to permanently damage individual hair follicles so they do not grow back. This method is expensive and multiple treatments are needed. Swelling, scarring, and redness of the skin may occur.

      When to Contact a Medical Professional
      Call your doctor if:

      The hair grows rapidly.
      The hair growth is associated with male features such as acne, deepening voice, increased muscle mass, and decreased breast size.
      You are concerned that medication may be worsening unwanted hair growth.
      What to Expect at Your Office Visit
      Your doctor will perform a physical examination, including a pelvic examination if appropriate. The doctor will ask questions such as:

      Do other members of your family also have excessive amounts of hair?
      What medications are you taking?
      Have your periods been regular?
      Are you pregnant?
      Have you noticed other signs of excess male hormones such as increased muscle mass, deepening voice, acne, or decreased breast size?
      When did you first notice these symptoms?
      Your doctor may measure different hormone levels if you have moderate or severe hirsutism or you have other symptoms:

      Testosterone
      Dihydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-S)
      Luteinizing hormone (LH)
      Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH)
      Prolactin
      17-hydroxyprogesterone
      If a tumor is suspected, x-ray tests such as a CT scan or ultrasound may be recommended.

      Medications or other treatments your doctor may prescribe include:

      Birth control pills. It may take several months to begin noticing a difference.
      Anti-androgen medications such as spironolactone may be tried if birth control pills do not work. There is a risk of birth defects if you become pregnant while taking these medicines.
      Hair removal using laser and nonlaser light sources damage individual hair follicles so they do not grow back. This is expensive and multiple treatments are needed. You may get a topical (applied to the skin) medicine called eflomithine during these treatments.
      Alternative Names
      Hypertrichosis; Hirsutism; Hair - excessive (women); Excessive hair in women; Hair - women - excessive or unwanted

      I wish the best to your friend. i hope this info helps in some way.

  28. QUESTION:
    What could be wrong with me, Side pains?
    It's been 39 days (October 16th) since i've last had sex. I have no odor, no burning, no itching, no pain or anything like that in my vagina... I've had my period this month already, normally like I do every other month.
    I'm just freaking out, because my stomach has been bloated for awhile now, & the last couple days i've had these severe pains in my lower right side. Feels a little better when I lean it on a ice pack...
    What could it be??? I really can't afford to go to a doctor.

    18 years old, female, 150 lbs, 5'5

    • ANSWER:
      It is probly nothing but im thinking its an ovarian cyst that is twisting or about to rupture. You are not in danger but it might cause u severe pain if it ruptures. Many many young women have them. If your pain gets worse go to the doctor or er and they will check u out , if it ends up being an ovarian cyst then they will do an ultrasound and give u good pain meds. Please go to the doc if it gets more painful or u develop other symptoms bc if could be somthing much more serious like an ectopic pregnancy which is life threatening. Dont be scared just use your best judgement ! Keep that ice pack on it ! Feel better

  29. QUESTION:
    i haven't had my period in three months.?
    i haven't had my period since november.

    i just started my birth control two days ago hoping that it will trigger my period, will it?
    i also have an odor that has been there for the past three months i got medicine for an bacterial infection but it still didn't cure it.

    what could it be?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you been having sex? It may take longer for the BC to trigger it. And even then it depends on the type you are taking. If you got the medicine that means you went to a doctor... right? You should have asked them. I used to go long periods of time without my period. The "record" for me is about 5-6 months. This was before going on my birth control orth tri cyclyn lo. I have a family history of ovarian cysts that can cause irregular periods like what u and I experienced. Just one Idea of many possibilities tho....

  30. QUESTION:
    does this sound like IBS or something else?
    well i know you people cant diagnose me, but i am unable to go to the doctors atm, so please dont tell me to lol.
    in the last few months my belly has grown, and got very hard. this is not due to a change in diet or exercise or anything like that, and is constant.
    my bowel movements have been more often, and ocasionally a little painful.
    i have also been having weird pains in my belly, like something hitting me from the inside, and ocasional cramping.
    i am sure i am not pregnant as the last time i had unprotected sex was in december, and ive had my period since then. also my belly isnt as big as it would be if i was 5-6 months. pregnant.
    btw i dont often get conspipation or diareah

    • ANSWER:
      As you already know it is best to see a doctor, especially because its constant.

      Sometimes you can have periods and be pregnant, an over the counter Pregnancy test may rule it out. You may not show as much as you think you should at 5 mo.

      There are other conditions that can cause gut symptoms, ovarian cysts, diverticulitis, colitus, tumors, etc.

      IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) is a term doctors use for general symptoms of the GI system that they cannot find any other causes for. When your colon is swollen and irritated it may make your stomach expand, feel hard and tender.

      My diagnosis came after I had many tests, ultrasounds, barium scans, colonoscopy to rule out anything more serious. My doctor diagnosed me with it because they couldn't find a specific cause for my symptoms; pain, bloating, gas, hardness, boughts of diahrrea or constipation..... often I mistook it for food poisoning.

      Much later my diagnosis was changed to severe allergies that resulted in what is called systemic reaction of GI anaphylaxis. Certain plants & foods ingested or even breathing their odors caused me severe allergic reactions.

      Allergies can cause a lot of symptoms usually ignored as allergies because you don't have hives, or any other outward symptoms. Do you get tingling in your mouth, mucous in your throat, itching, rashes, or any other allergy symptoms with the IBS type of symptoms? Most times I only get the gut symptoms, it can escalate to urgent diahrrea, or if the gut swells can cause pain, and constipation.

      If its allergies, keeping a log of foods you eat and symptoms, how you feel 15-30 minutes after eating may help isolate the cause.

      I take an adult dose of liquid benedryl when my gut starts feeling swollen, or tender. If it's allergies this may stop the symptoms. Benedryl is widely recommended, but may make you drowsy. Don't drive until you know how it affects you.

      Because my allergies escalate to anaphylaxis I have needed to use Epipen to stop the anaphylactic reaction. These type reactions are serious, can lead to dehydration, organ failure, & shock. Its important to see a MD for diagnosis.

      You may be eating something that is irritating your gut lining, but not an actual allergic reaction - tracking it and omitting it may resolve your symptoms. It may be as simple as omitting dairy products from your diet for 14 days then trying it out to see if your symptoms reappear. It's called an elimination diet, omit things one at a time for 2 weeks then re introduce them see what your symptoms are.

      here are some links for info:
      Elimination Diet and Food Challenge Test
      The elimination diet and food challenge test are tools used to identify food ... A dietitian can help you plan meals that are healthful and nutritious without ...
      www.webmd.com/allergies/allergies-elimination-diet - 98k - Cached

      Symptoms of Anaphylaxis:
      https://www.epipen.ca/EN/what_is_anaphylaxis.aspx#q3

  31. QUESTION:
    Can someone explain what's happening to me?
    This has started since yesterday, i have been spotting very very lightly. It is almost a pink clor but my pee is still yellow not like when I'm on my period. My period isn't due until the end of next week. What is wrong with me? Thsi has never happend before please help me! Thank you

    Please serious answers only I'd greatly appreciate it.
    I am not a teen I am a grown woman, no kids, gonna be 21 later this year.

    • ANSWER:
      There may be nothing wrong with you!

      When something like this happens (and it never happened before)it can cause stress and worry)

      Has anything changed in your life - stress, change in schedule - diet -are you on any birth control medication?
      For some reason, (and most likely not serious) your hormones could be a little 'out of whack' so to speak.
      Do you have any symptoms - burning , itching, discharge.
      It could be a mild bacteria vaginal infection. Bacterial Vaginosis can cause slight spotting and BV doesn't always have symptoms. (sometimes it has a 'fishy' type odor when you urinate or have sex) but not always!
      I would kind of wait it out (unless you have some other symptoms - pain, etc.)and see if your period starts as it should -if it doesn't, then you may want to check with a gynecologist.
      Also, slight inflammation of the cervix can cause this - ovarian cysts all treatable.
      i have had some of these symptoms in past years - one was due to Bacterial Vaginosis - one was due to inflammation of the cervix - all were treatable.
      If anything changes drastically before your period starts then you might want to see your doctor.
      I forgot - is there any chance you could be pregnant?
      Big question I forgot to ask.
      Hope this helps.

  32. QUESTION:
    is it normal to have my period so bright on my 4th day?
    I am on my 4th day and don't know really why my period is very very bright. is this supposed to be normal. also i don't have the bad odor we usually get. HELP!

    *Could this be a miscarriage????

    • ANSWER:
      I would have to ask why you think it may be a miscarriage..do you think you were pregnant. Sometimes your body may be under stress or you are going through a hormonal change, it is suppose to get lighter but some times, your habits can cause change, i mean you could be developing ovarian cyst or something like that. I would wait to next period to see if it happens again and then take a visit to the doctor. And if it was a miscarriage, I am sure you would be in a whole lot of pain.

  33. QUESTION:
    Pain during sex (updated)?
    Today I noticed two new symptoms, there was an odor coming from my vagina. I have only once had that odor before and it was when I began taking birth control pills. I stopped immediately because of it. This odor was similar to that of when I was on birth control pills. The second symptom was an occasional itch. I think I may have some sort of infection of the sort, I'm not sure. I definitely know it's not an STD and I don't think it's an UTI because I don't experience any discomfort at all when I pee, and I can control my bladder at my leisure. Please everyone.................in need of some more opinions. (Fast answers) Please and thank you

    • ANSWER:
      If you re experiencing pain during or after sex there may be several factors that are contributing to the pain you feel. For women there are a number of physical conditions that may make sex hurt, including:

      * Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
      * Endometriosis
      * Ovarian cysts
      * Interstitial cystitis
      * Vaginismus
      * Vulvodynia
      * Some sexually transmitted diseases
      * Urinary infections
      * Yeast infections
      * Vaginal dryness
      * Physical injury and chronic pain

      I would recommend that if you experience pain during or after sex that you consult with your doctor/gynaecologist for further evaluation and to rule out any serious causes.

      Good luck :)

  34. QUESTION:
    Really kind of embarassing question? Ladiesss please help:( ?
    Okay so for about the past year, I've noticed that when I sit down on the toliet to go to the bathroom (especially while I'm on my period) I have this terrible pain that I can't even handle like somewhere inside of me but it feels like it's on my rectum? I think that's what it is but I don't know it's not just there, but it's such a side-slitting pain I can't even breathe or move when it happens. It never really worried me too much until just a month or so ago when I noticed that I bled a little bit while I was having sex with my boyfriend which isn't normal for me. He also told me that he felt like a bump in the back side of my vaginal wall, I didn't think much of it though. But the other week things just, didn't feel right in there so I just kind of felt around to check everything out and everything felt normal except for this hard lump pretty deep inside. I got really worried and set up an appt. with my doctor but that's not for another few weeks, and since then more symptoms have come on. Like I felt around again a few days ago and the inside of my vagina just feels like its completely swollen. The lump is still there but it feels like theres just a lot of really swollen bumps. Nothing hurts when I touch it, it doesn't have an odor or anything and I keep myself completely clean, but like 2 days ago I started having a dark brown kind of thick discharge and that really worries me.
    I appreciate any help I get, thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be a number of things...

      You could possibly be constipated, which would cause pain in that area. It's always something to consider.

      Also, it could be some kind of cyst, possibly from a gland that became infected at some point.

      Also, it could be a large ovarian cyst. Most are usually fluid filled, but there are solid cysts on occasion.

      Be patient until you have your doctors visit and hopefully, she/he will schedule some tests for you, which will yield some answers.

      Best of luck!

  35. QUESTION:
    Are these PCOS symptoms?
    I have PCOS. I was taking birth control, but stopped because it made me depressed. Since then, my periods have been regular. After my last period, for almost a month now, I have been having cramps, headaches, and a backache off and on. I recently have been feeling like I have to pee more and have increased white, discharge with no foul odor. These symptoms sound like pregnancy, but can be common with PCOS. Has anyone with PCOS had these symptoms? This is new to me. My period is due in 3 days.

    • ANSWER:
      Weight Gain or Inability to Lose Weight
      Absent or Irregular Periods (Amenorrhea or Oligomenorrhea)
      Infertility
      Excess Hair Growth (Hirsutism)
      Thinning Hair
      Acne
      Ovarian Cysts
      Fatigue
      Other Skin Problems. Skin tags
      Mood Swings
      High cholesterol (Hyperlipidemia) and High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
      Sleep Apnea

      To diagnose PCOS, doctors use a combination of clinical symptoms (what you experience as the patient, such as excess hair growth, irregular menses, acne, skin tags, weight gain, infertility, etc.) and lab tests. The blood tests to consider are:

      Free testosterone - elevated in PCOS.

      DHEA -S- elevated in PCOS.

      Sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) - usually low in PCOS.

      Fasting insulin - elevated in PCOS. Results greater than 9 or 10 can indicate insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is usually the underlying cause of PCOS, as you will read elsewhere on our web site. Some doctors may also order a 2-hour post-prandial insulin test, along with a 2-hour post-prandial glucose test.

      Fasting glucose or 2-hour post-prandial glucose - elevated in PCOS. Using this information in combination with the insulin tests helps to diagnose insulin resistance. Also, women with PCOS have a higher risk of diabetes so it is important to screen for this early and often.

      LH: FSH- Some doctors may also look at the ratio between these two hormones. In PCOS, we would expect LH (Lutenizing Hormone) to be elevated in comparison to FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone).

      Ultrasound to check for the presence of ovarian cysts. Even if the ovaries do appear normal, the absence of ovarian cysts does not mean that a woman doesn't have PCOS. Not everyone with PCOS has ovarian cysts, and not everyone with ovarian cysts has PCOS.

      Some doctors will check cholesterol levels and liver function tests, as these can also be abnormal in PCOS (as well as in many other conditions).
      Your health care practitioner should perform some or all of these tests to help identify PCOS. It can be helpful to have these baseline levels to compare to over time to assess the effectiveness of different treatments.

  36. QUESTION:
    First visit to OB-GYN.?
    Ok...I first had sex at age 14 and I am now 24 years old (I know should have went a long time ago). But now I want to go get a check up. I have had sex with 6 different guys through out my whole life. I have never experienced any symptoms or suspected anything abnormal ever with my vagina. I never even had a yeast infection. I never douche and keep myself clean. But it is time for me to get a check up. Just wondering if I should be worried and what to expect. How old were you when you first went to the GYNO? I live in Brooklyn, NY any recommendations on any doctors if you live in the area?

    • ANSWER:
      I was 16 when I had my first gynaecologist appointment due to ovarian cyst problems.

      You may be worried about your first pelvic exam. It's very normal to be anxious about something when you don't know what to expect. Hopefully after reading this, you will be reassured that it is simple, isn't painful and the actual pelvic exam takes only about 5 minutes. It is also normal to feel embarrassed or uneasy about your first exam, I still feel embarrassed with mine and I've had may many pelvic examinations over the past 11 years due to female related problems I'm experiencing.

      However, if you know what to expect, it may help you relax. I'm sure your gynaecologist understands how you feel and will be sensitive and gentle as well as answer any questions you may have.

      There are important reasons to have a pelvic exam. These may include unexplained pain in your lower belly or around the pelvic area, where your vagina is, vaginal discharge or wetness on your underwear that causes itching, burning or smells bad, no menstrual periods by age 15 or 16, vaginal bleeding that lasts more than 10 days, missed periods, especially if you are having sex and menstrual cramps so bad that you miss school or work.

      During your first check up your gynaecologist will ask you questions about your general health, allergies and medications you are taking, about your menstrual period, such as how old you were when you first got it, how long it lasts, how often it comes, how much you bleed, when the first day that your last period started was, if you have cramps, at what age your breasts started to develop, whether you have ever had sex or have been sexually abused and if you have vaginal itchiness or an unusual discharge or odor from your vagina.

      If you find it comforting your partner or a friend can go with you for support, bear in mind that they don't have to be present in the room when you are having the pelvic examination done. After you have given your medical history, been weighed and had your blood pressure checked, you will be asked to put on a gown. You will need to remove your clothes including your underwear and bra. A breast exam is often done as a routine part of this check-up.

      Your gynaecologist will explain the steps to the exam and ask you to lie down on the exam table. You will be given a sheet to put over your stomach and legs. You will then be asked to move down to the end of the table and place your feet in stirrups (these are holders for your feet). With your knees bent, you will be asked to let your knees fall to each side allowing your legs to spread apart. This is usually the part when most women feel embarrassed. This feeling is normal too. Just remember that although this is your first exam, this is routine for your gynaecologist and their only concern is for your health.

      There are 3 parts to this exam. Sometimes not all parts of the pelvic exam are necessary. Ask your gynaecologist which part or parts will be done for your examination.

      Your gynaecologist will first look at the area outside of your vagina which is the clitoris, labia, vaginal opening, and rectum.

      Now some information about the papsmear. The speculum is an instrument made of metal or plastic. Your gynaecologist will place the speculum into your vagina. After it is inserted, it will be gently opened so that your gynaecologist can see your vagina and your cervix (the opening to your uterus).

      After checking your vagina and cervix, your gynaecologist may take a thin plastic stick and a special tiny brush or a small "broom" and gently wipe away some of the cells from your cervix. This is a papsmear, which detects early changes of the cervix before they become cancer. Most girls have normal pap smears.

      If you are having vaginal discharge, your gynaecologist will take another sample to check for a possible yeast infection and other causes of discharge. If you are having sex, your gynaecologist will take another sample from the cervix to check for sexually transmitted diseases. When all of these samples have been taken, your doctor will close the speculum and gently take it out.

      When the exam is over, your gynaecologist will answer any questions you have and tell you when to make your next appointment. He/she will also talk to you about any medications you may need and tell you when and how you will get the results of the exam.

      I hope this information helps you out. Best of luck and remember to try to relax. If at any time during your examination, you feel uncomfortable or anything causes pain, you have the right to stop your gynaecologist and let him/her know.

      Good luck. :)

  37. QUESTION:
    I skipped 2 periods. What will my doctor do?
    What will he ask me? Will he make me take my pants off and stuff and look at my ladys area? I'm only 15, and I'm really scared.

    And I know it's not pregnancy related cause I've never had sex.
    And please don't just say "Don't worry evrything will be fine" Instead Tell me what he'll do!

    Thanks!
    sunset, i only have one doctor. and if you never knew, it's hard to find doctors who will accept you/make an appointment these days.
    and can you guys answer my question.

    • ANSWER:
      During your appointment your doctor will ask you questions about the following:

      - Your general health, allergies and medications you are taking;
      - Your menstrual period, such as how old you were when you first got it, how long it lasts, how often it comes, how much you bleed, the first day that your last period started, if you have cramps; and at what age your breasts started to develop.
      - Whether you have ever had sex or have been sexually abused (I know you said you haven't had sex, but he/she will probably ask).
      - If you have vaginal itchiness or an unusual discharge or odor from your vagina.

      Having irregular or missed periods can be caused by a number of things such as significant weight gain or loss (although low body weight is a common cause of missed or irregular periods, obesity also can cause menstrual problems), over-exercise, poor nutrition (or a diet too high in carbohydrates), smoking, certain medications, caffeine, excessive alcohol use (interfering with how the liver metabolizes estrogen and progesterone), eating disorders, increased stress, PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome or estrogen dominance), uterine abnormalities such as fibroids, ovarian cysts, polyps, endometriosis and hormonal imbalances.

      I'm sure during your consultation with your doctor and based on the answers you give him/her, that they would help evaluate what could be causing your missed periods.

      Good luck :)

  38. QUESTION:
    How is there blood in my vagina after sexual intercourse ?
    Recently i have noticed after sex with my partner there is
    shades of blood in my vagina . I first noticed this after i went to the
    loo after sex and seen the blood on the tissue and i was not
    in my period . It is not heavy blood and bearly visable but its clear
    its blood ! . What could be the cause of this ?

    Coco

    • ANSWER:
      You could have some slight little tears in your vagina - you need to be sure you are well lubricated. because, if you start to get a little dry during sex, then the friction can cause little abrasions.

      You could have a minor vaginal infection or possibly ovarian cysts.

      Most of the time, bleeding after sex is due to slight little tears in the vagina and not serious.
      However, if it continiues, then you need to get checked out.
      And if you develop any other symptoms, like discharge or odor or itching or burning then you might need medication. (and a visit to your gynecologist.)
      Take Care.

  39. QUESTION:
    guinea pig question?
    do they poop as much as rabbits?
    can two from the same litter/pet store get along?
    what is the reason for not using pine litter sold in the pet shops?

    • ANSWER:
      Guinea pigs poop about as much as rabbits, although a guinea pig's smaller body typically means a slightly smaller quantity of poop. The poop is pretty inoffensive - it's the urine that stinks and requires good quality litter. Pine and cedar litters should be avoided because the aromatic hydrocarbons in them cause damage to guinea pigs' livers and respiratory tracts. Carefresh is a much safer litter, and does a good job of odor control.

      Two guinea pigs who have been raised together will usually get along very well, provided that they have plenty of space. You should plan on at least eight square feet. See http://www.guineapigcages.com/ for do-it-yourself cage ideas that will work well as long as you don't have any cats or dogs in your household. You MUST either make sure the guinea pigs are the same sex or arrange to have one of them "fixed". Female guinea pigs are prone to ovarian cysts and ovarian cancer, so having the female spayed is a good idea IF you have a veterinarian who knows a lot about guinea pigs. (Regular dog-and-cat vets won't know enough to do the surgery safely.) Guinea pigs are very sociable animals who do best with others of their species, so keeping two or more guinea pigs together is much better than having one all alone in a cage.

      Please consider adopting your guinea pigs from an animal shelter or rescue group instead of buying them from a pet store. There are many, many homeless guinea pigs in animal shelters, and many shelters end up killing some of their guinea pigs because not enough people come in to adopt them. If you live in the United States or Canada, you can locate guinea pigs for adoption using Petfinder: http://search.petfinder.com/search/search.cgi?pet.Animal=Small%26Furry&pet.Breed=guinea+pig&pet.Age=&pet.Size=&pet.Sex=&location= .

  40. QUESTION:
    what is a Gynecologist?
    what is a Gynecologist and what do they do when you go to one

    • ANSWER:
      A gynaecologist basically is a physician who specialises in the treatment of the female reproductive system such as the ovaries, uterus and fallopian tubes. Gynaecologists can perform surgeries (such as laparoscopy or laparotomy) to diagnose or treat conditions such as endometriosis, fibroids, ovarian cysts, ovarian cancer and perform hysterectomies. In simple terms gynaecology plainly means the science of women .

      Some or most gynaecologists are also obstetricians (called OB/Gyn's). Obstetrics is the surgical speciality dealing with the care of a woman and her baby during pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium (the period shortly after birth). Midwifery is the equivalent non-surgical specialty. Most obstetricians are also gynaecologists (OB/Gyn's).

      When you go for your first gynaecological examination/visit, you may have a few examinations done, which may include the following: A pelvic exam is a way for your gynaecologist to examine your female organs and check for any gynaecological problems.

      You may be worried about your first pelvic exam. It's very normal to be anxious about something when you don't know what to expect. Hopefully after reading this, you will be reassured that it is simple, isn't painful and the actual pelvic exam takes only about 5 minutes. It is also normal to feel embarrassed or uneasy about your first exam, I still feel embarrassed with mine and I've had may many pelvic examinations over the past 10 years due to female related problems I'm experiencing.

      However, if you know what to expect, it may help you relax. I'm sure your gyno understands how you feel and will be sensitive and gentle, and answer any questions you may have.

      There are other important reasons to have a pelvic exam. These may include:

      - Unexplained pain in your lower belly or around the pelvic area, where your vagina is;
      - Vaginal discharge or wetness on your underwear that causes itching, burning or smells bad;
      - No menstrual periods by age 15 or 16;
      - Vaginal bleeding that lasts more than 10 days;
      - Missed periods; especially if you are having sex;
      - Menstrual cramps so bad that you miss school or work.

      During your first check up your gyno will ask you questions about:

      - Your general health, allergies and medications you are taking;
      - Your menstrual period, such as how old you were when you first got it, how long it lasts, how often it comes, how much you bleed , the first day that your last period started, if you have cramps; and at what age your breasts started to develop.
      - Whether you have ever had sex or have been sexually abused.
      - If you have vaginal itchiness or an unusual discharge or odor from your vagina.

      If you find it comforting a friend or if you are still young, your Mum can go with you for support, bear in mind that they don't have to be present in the room when you are having the pelvic examination done. After you have given your medical history, been weighed and had your blood pressure checked, you will be asked to put on a gown. You will need to remove your clothes including your underwear and bra. A breast exam is often done as a routine part of this check-up.

      Your gyno will explain the steps to the exam and ask you to lie down on the exam table. You will be given a sheet to put over your stomach and legs. You will then be asked to move down to the end of the table and place your feet in stirrups (these are holders for your feet). With your knees bent, you will be asked to let your knees fall to each side allowing your legs to spread apart. This is usually the part when most women feel embarrassed. This feeling is normal too. Just remember that although this is your first exam, this is routine for your gyno and their only concern is for your health.

      There are 3 parts to this exam. Sometimes not all parts of the pelvic exam are necessary. Ask your gyno which part or parts will be done for your examination.

      Your gyno will first look at the area outside of your vagina, (clitoris, labia, vaginal opening, and rectum).

      Now some information about the papsmear. The speculum is an instrument made of metal or plastic. Your gyno will place the speculum into your vagina. After it is inserted, it will be gently opened so that your gyno can see your vagina and your cervix (the opening to your uterus).

      After checking your vagina and cervix, your gyno may take a thin plastic stick and a special tiny brush or a small "broom" and gently wipe away some of the cells from your cervix. This is a pap smear, which detects early changes of the cervix before they become cancer. Most girls have normal pap smears.

      If you are having vaginal discharge, your gyno will take another sample to check for a possible yeast infection and other causes of discharge. If you are having sex, your gyno will take another sample from the cervix to check for sexually transmitted diseases. When all of these samples have been taken, your doctor will close the speculum and gently take it out.

      When the exam is over, your gyno will answer any questions you have and tell you when to make your next appointment. He/she will also talk to you about any medications you may need and tell you when and how you will get the results of the exam.

      I hope this information helps you out. Best of luck and remember to try to relax. If at any time during your examination, you feel uncomfortable or anything causes pain, you have the right to stop your gyno and let him/her know.

      Good luck. :)

  41. QUESTION:
    what do they do in a gynaecologist internal exam?
    i'm just about to go to the gynaecologist for the first time and i wanted to know what they will do to my vagina. my friends say they put a load of metal things up there is this true? and does it hurt?

    also can a gynaecologist be a man?

    xxxx

    • ANSWER:
      You may be worried about your first pelvic exam. It's very normal to be anxious about something when you don't know what to expect. Hopefully after reading this, you will be reassured that it is simple, isn't painful and takes only about 5 minutes. It is also normal to feel embarrassed or uneasy about your first exam, I still feel embarrassed with mine and I've had may many pelvic examinations over the past 9 years due to female related problems I'm experiencing. I actually just went to see my gyno about 6 weeks ago for a follow up appointment after being diagnosed with endometriosis a few months ago and it really is a simple, painless examination that literally only takes a couple of minutes.

      However, if you know what to expect, it may help you relax. I'm sure your gyno understands how you feel and will be sensitive and gentle, and answer any questions you have.

      There are other important reasons to have a pelvic exam. These may include:

      - Unexplained pain in your lower belly or around the pelvic area, where your vagina is;
      - Vaginal discharge or wetness on your underwear that causes itching, burning or smells bad;
      - No menstrual periods by age 15 or 16;
      - Vaginal bleeding that lasts more than 10 days;
      - Missed periods; especially if you are having sex;
      - A history of ovarian cysts (like you mentioned);
      - Menstrual cramps so bad that you miss school or work.

      During your first check up your gyno will ask you questions about:

      - Your general health, allergies and medications you are taking;
      - Your menstrual period, such as how old you were when you first got it, how long it lasts, how often it comes, how much you bleed , the first day that your last period started, if you have cramps; and at what age your breasts started to develop.
      - Whether you have ever had sex or have been sexually abused.
      - If you have vaginal itchiness or an unusual discharge or odor from your vagina.

      If you are under 18 and find it comforting a friend or your Mum can go with you. If your gyno is a male, then you have the right to ask for a nurse to be in the room while he does the examination, however these days (when you have a male gynaecologist), there will be a nurse present during the examination.

      After you have given your medical history, been weighed and had your blood pressure checked, you will be asked to put on a gown. You will need to remove your clothes including your underwear and bra. A breast exam is often done as a routine part of this check-up.

      Your gyno will explain the steps to the exam and ask you to lie down on the exam table. You will be given a sheet to put over your stomach and legs. You will then be asked to move down to the end of the table and place your feet in stirrups (these are holders for your feet). With your knees bent, you will be asked to let your knees fall to each side allowing your legs to spread apart. This is usually the part when most women feel embarrassed. This feeling is normal too. Just remember that although this is your first exam, this is routine for your gyno and their only concern is for your health.

      There are 3 parts to this exam. Sometimes not all parts of the pelvic exam are necessary. Ask your gyno which part or parts will be done for your examination.

      Your gyno will first look at the area outside of your vagina, (clitoris, labia, vaginal opening, and rectum).

      Now some information about the papsmear. The speculum is an instrument made of metal or plastic. Your gyno will place the speculum into your vagina. After it is inserted, it will be gently opened so that your gyno can see your vagina and your cervix (the opening to your uterus).

      After checking your vagina and cervix, your gyno may take a thin plastic stick and a special tiny brush or a small "broom" and gently wipe away some of the cells from your cervix. This is a pap smear, which detects early changes of the cervix before they become cancer. Most girls have normal pap smears.

      If you are having vaginal discharge, your gyno will take another sample to check for yeast and other causes of discharge. If you are having sex, your gyno will take another sample from the cervix to check for sexually transmitted diseases. When all of these samples have been taken, your doctor will close the speculum and gently take it out.

      When the exam is over, your gyno will answer any questions you have and tell you when to make your next appointment. He/she will also talk to you about any medications you may need and tell you when and how you will get the results of the exam.

      Yes a gynecologist can be a man
      Good luck

  42. QUESTION:
    Could I still be having pain from a vaginal infection after it's gone?
    In January of this year I had my yearly "girl" check up because I was having horrible pain during intercourse and it felt like I was on my period 24/7. No pain meds worked and when I went to the doc she told me the tests said I had no STD's but had a cell abnormality but it shouldn't interfere with child bearing. She refered me to a specialist for the pain. He checked me for endometriosis but that wasn't the prob. He thinks it was/is an infection. I had no discharge until I was done with the week supply of Doxycycline, and it was yellow and clumpy. No odor and no itch. So when I went back to him I gave the details and he put me on the same med for another week. Now I'm having normal discharge but I'm still in a little bit of pain. Not near as bad as it was though! Has anyone else been through this? He said the next step is a Laparoscopy but I can't afford surgery. Am I plagued with pain for good now? Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      If you re experiencing pain during or after sex there may be several factors that are contributing to the pain you feel. For women there are a number of physical conditions that may make sex hurt, including:

      * Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
      * Endometriosis
      * Ovarian cysts
      * Interstitial cystitis
      * Vaginismus
      * Vulvodynia
      * Some sexually transmitted diseases
      * Urinary infections
      * Yeast infections
      * Vaginal dryness
      * Physical injury and chronic pain

      I would recommend that if you experience pain during or after sex that you consult with your doctor/gynaecologist for further evaluation and to rule out any serious causes.

      Good luck :)

  43. QUESTION:
    What does a Gynecologist do?
    My mom told me she is going to take me to the Gynecologist. What do they do there? Do they stick something up my vagina? It's my first time.
    Will it hurt?
    Will she know if I give myself orgasims?

    • ANSWER:
      A gynaecologist basically is a physician who specialises in the treatment of the female reproductive system such as the ovaries, uterus and fallopian tubes. Gynaecologists can perform surgeries (such as laparoscopy or laparotomy) to diagnose or treat conditions such as endometriosis, fibroids, ovarian cysts, ovarian cancer and perform hysterectomies. In simple terms gynaecology plainly means the science of women .

      Some or most gynaecologists are also obstetricians (called OB/Gyn's). Obstetrics is the surgical speciality dealing with the care of a woman and her baby during pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium (the period shortly after birth). Midwifery is the equivalent non-surgical specialty. Most obstetricians are also gynaecologists (OB/Gyn's).

      In obstetric practice, an obstetrician sees a pregnant woman on a regular basis to check the progress of the pregnancy, to verify the absence of problems and diseases, to monitor the state of pre-existing disease and its possible effect on the ongoing pregnancy.

      When you go for your first gynaecological examination/visit, you may have a few examinations done, which may include the following: A pelvic exam is a way for your gynaecologist to examine your female organs and check for any gynaecological problems.

      You may be worried about your first pelvic exam. It's very normal to be anxious about something when you don't know what to expect. Hopefully after reading this, you will be reassured that it is simple, isn't painful and the actual pelvic exam takes only about 5 minutes. It is also normal to feel embarrassed or uneasy about your first exam, I still feel embarrassed with mine and I've had may many pelvic examinations over the past 10 years due to female related problems I'm experiencing.

      However, if you know what to expect, it may help you relax. I'm sure your gyno understands how you feel and will be sensitive and gentle, and answer any questions you may have.

      There are other important reasons to have a pelvic exam. These may include:

      - Unexplained pain in your lower belly or around the pelvic area, where your vagina is;
      - Vaginal discharge or wetness on your underwear that causes itching, burning or smells bad;
      - No menstrual periods by age 15 or 16;
      - Vaginal bleeding that lasts more than 10 days;
      - Missed periods; especially if you are having sex;
      - Menstrual cramps so bad that you miss school or work.

      During your first check up your gyno will ask you questions about:

      - Your general health, allergies and medications you are taking;
      - Your menstrual period, such as how old you were when you first got it, how long it lasts, how often it comes, how much you bleed , the first day that your last period started, if you have cramps; and at what age your breasts started to develop.
      - Whether you have ever had sex or have been sexually abused.
      - If you have vaginal itchiness or an unusual discharge or odor from your vagina.

      If you find it comforting your Mum can go with you for support, bear in mind that she doesn't have to be present in the room when you are having the pelvic examination done. After you have given your medical history, been weighed and had your blood pressure checked, you will be asked to put on a gown. You will need to remove your clothes including your underwear and bra. A breast exam is often done as a routine part of this check-up.

      Your gyno will explain the steps to the exam and ask you to lie down on the exam table. You will be given a sheet to put over your stomach and legs. You will then be asked to move down to the end of the table and place your feet in stirrups (these are holders for your feet). With your knees bent, you will be asked to let your knees fall to each side allowing your legs to spread apart. This is usually the part when most women feel embarrassed. This feeling is normal too. Just remember that although this is your first exam, this is routine for your gyno and their only concern is for your health.

      There are 3 parts to this exam. Sometimes not all parts of the pelvic exam are necessary. Ask your gyno which part or parts will be done for your examination.

      Your gyno will first look at the area outside of your vagina, (clitoris, labia, vaginal opening, and rectum).

      Now some information about the papsmear. The speculum is an instrument made of metal or plastic. Your gyno will place the speculum into your vagina. After it is inserted, it will be gently opened so that your gyno can see your vagina and your cervix (the opening to your uterus).

      After checking your vagina and cervix, your gyno may take a thin plastic stick and a special tiny brush or a small "broom" and gently wipe away some of the cells from your cervix. This is a pap smear, which detects early changes of the cervix before they become cancer. Most girls have normal pap smears.

      If you are having vaginal discharge, your gyno will take another sample to check for a possible yeast infection and other causes of discharge. If you are having sex, your gyno will take another sample from the cervix to check for sexually transmitted diseases. When all of these samples have been taken, your doctor will close the speculum and gently take it out.

      When the exam is over, your gyno will answer any questions you have and tell you when to make your next appointment. He/she will also talk to you about any medications you may need and tell you when and how you will get the results of the exam.

      I hope this information helps you out. Best of luck and remember to try to relax. If at any time during your examination, you feel uncomfortable or anything causes pain, you have the right to stop your gyno and let him/her know.

      Good luck. :)

  44. QUESTION:
    What to expect for a first pelvic exam?
    What should I expect for my first pelvic exam? What's the average age for girls getting it? What do they do? Do they do anything else besides the pelvic exam? Will I have to go sooner because I get many ovarian cysts? I will most likely feel uncomfortable right?

    I know I feel uncomfortable just going to my regular doctor when they do the breast exam, and vaginal exam they just looked down there, no touching. And they really aren't even doing anything. I feel uncomfortable just talking about it.

    So if anyone can answer my questions I'd greatly appreciate it!

    • ANSWER:
      Usually a girl will start going for a first pelvic examination at a gynaecologist when she starts to have sex, turn 18 or have any female related problems such as ovarian cysts.

      You may have a few examinations done, which will usually include the following:

      A pelvic exam is a way for your gynaecologist to examine your female organs and check for any gynaecological problems.

      You may be worried about your first pelvic exam. It's very normal to be anxious about something when you don't know what to expect. Hopefully after reading this, you will be reassured that it is simple, isn't painful and takes only about 5 minutes. It is also normal to feel embarrassed or uneasy about your first exam, I still feel embarrassed with mine and I've had may many pelvic examinations over the past 9 years due to female related problems I'm experiencing. I actually just went to see my gyno about 6 weeks ago for a follow up appointment after being diagnosed with endometriosis a few months ago and it really is a simple, painless examination that literally only takes a couple of minutes.

      However, if you know what to expect, it may help you relax. I'm sure your gyno understands how you feel and will be sensitive and gentle, and answer any questions you have.

      There are other important reasons to have a pelvic exam. These may include:

      - Unexplained pain in your lower belly or around the pelvic area, where your vagina is;
      - Vaginal discharge or wetness on your underwear that causes itching, burning or smells bad;
      - No menstrual periods by age 15 or 16;
      - Vaginal bleeding that lasts more than 10 days;
      - Missed periods; especially if you are having sex;
      - A history of ovarian cysts (like you mentioned);
      - Menstrual cramps so bad that you miss school or work.

      During your first check up your gyno will ask you questions about:

      - Your general health, allergies and medications you are taking;
      - Your menstrual period, such as how old you were when you first got it, how long it lasts, how often it comes, how much you bleed , the first day that your last period started, if you have cramps; and at what age your breasts started to develop.
      - Whether you have ever had sex or have been sexually abused.
      - If you have vaginal itchiness or an unusual discharge or odor from your vagina.

      If you are under 18 and find it comforting a friend or your Mum can go with you. If your gyno is a male, then you have the right to ask for a nurse to be in the room while he does the examination, however these days (when you have a male gynaecologist), there will be a nurse present during the examination.

      After you have given your medical history, been weighed and had your blood pressure checked, you will be asked to put on a gown. You will need to remove your clothes including your underwear and bra. A breast exam is often done as a routine part of this check-up.

      Your gyno will explain the steps to the exam and ask you to lie down on the exam table. You will be given a sheet to put over your stomach and legs. You will then be asked to move down to the end of the table and place your feet in stirrups (these are holders for your feet). With your knees bent, you will be asked to let your knees fall to each side allowing your legs to spread apart. This is usually the part when most women feel embarrassed. This feeling is normal too. Just remember that although this is your first exam, this is routine for your gyno and their only concern is for your health.

      There are 3 parts to this exam. Sometimes not all parts of the pelvic exam are necessary. Ask your gyno which part or parts will be done for your examination.

      Your gyno will first look at the area outside of your vagina, (clitoris, labia, vaginal opening, and rectum).

      Now some information about the papsmear. The speculum is an instrument made of metal or plastic. Your gyno will place the speculum into your vagina. After it is inserted, it will be gently opened so that your gyno can see your vagina and your cervix (the opening to your uterus).

      After checking your vagina and cervix, your gyno may take a thin plastic stick and a special tiny brush or a small "broom" and gently wipe away some of the cells from your cervix. This is a pap smear, which detects early changes of the cervix before they become cancer. Most girls have normal pap smears.

      If you are having vaginal discharge, your gyno will take another sample to check for yeast and other causes of discharge. If you are having sex, your gyno will take another sample from the cervix to check for sexually transmitted diseases. When all of these samples have been taken, your doctor will close the speculum and gently take it out.

      When the exam is over, your gyno will answer any questions you have and tell you when to make your next appointment. He/she will also talk to you about any medications you may need and tell you when and how you will get the results of the exam.

      I hope this information helps you out. Best of luck and remember to try to relax. If at any time during your examination, you feel uncomfortable or anything causes pain, you have the right to stop your gyno and let him/her know.

      Good luck :)

  45. QUESTION:
    Can you get cramps and vaginal discharge 9 days before your period comes?
    I am having cramps and a large amount of vaginal discharge. I had my previous period July 17 and my body is acting like im getting my period again. My period cycle is an average 28-29 days. I dont know why i would be getting my symptoms 9 days before my expected period. And my period is mostly on the dot. Anyone else experience this. My husband and i also had unprotected sex the 31 of july. Didnt mean to ejaculate in me..but issues arose. HELP
    its been happening for about 4-5 days now. The discharge has been happening for a little while longer. The cramps are non stop all the time.

    • ANSWER:
      In a normal 28 day cycle, most women will start ovulating around day 14. However, it is possible to ovulate later in the cycle. During ovulation you can have an increase in discharge and it can cause some cramping or twinges especially from the ovary that is releasing the egg (best not to have unprotected sex now unless you want to conceive). You could also have an ovarian cyst. Usually this is a more intense pain either on the left or the right side. Another possibility is a vaginal infection. If you have a discharge with a color other than clear or if you have itching, burning, or an odor you should check with your doctor for a proper diagnosis. Different types of infections require different prescriptions. Pregnancy is definitely a possibility. In early pregnancy implantation can occur in the uterus that causes cramping and sometimes spotting. Or you could simply be experiencing early PMS. In any case, you should contact your physician and give additional details of your symptoms in order to get a specific diagnosis.

  46. QUESTION:
    lower left abdominal pain?
    my lower left side is hurting right now & also a little on the left side of my back.
    not sure if its just gas pain?
    I was thinking maybe kidney stones but i'm not in severe pain
    no diarrhea or vomiting
    I also just started to feel a little pain near the belly button area

    • ANSWER:
      Kidne Stones can start hurting in the front of your abdomen then toward the back where your kidneys are, as they move the pain can radiate down your back then to the front. It's hard to tell you for sure what you have. You could have appendicitis, ovarian cyst, or an infection. Some stones are small and you won't get the severe pain you hear about.

      Check your urine for blood, urinate in to a glass cup and see if the urine is pinkish, if you see any blood, or if it's tea colored. Sometimes urine with blood in it has an odd odor. There are also other things that can cause this like being dehydrated. Like state above consult your physcian, if the pain gets extreme go to the ER immediately.

      My advice on going to the ER would be this: state your pain, discomfort, and what has been going on. Some ERs are very afraid to give any pain medication because people abuse that.

  47. QUESTION:
    BIRTH CONTROL FOR THE FIRST TIME ONLY FOR A MONTH AND HAD SEX, COULD I BE PREGNANT?
    I had my period on Feb 3 and it ended on the 6th. I when on birth control for the first time for only 1 month on Feb. 6 for an ovarian cyst I had. I had unprotected sex on Feb 12. I was told you will get a period during your sugar pills and I did on the 3 of march exactly. I think that I'm pregnant because i was told birth control will cause u to bleed whether you got pregnant or not. as of now my breast are sore and I'm having frequent trips to the bathroom including at night. My head hurts frequently. i have this creamy white discharge with no odor as well and I'm increasingly tired. Is this possible ? Am i really pregnant?

    • ANSWER:
      take a test in a few days to make sure...

      Tini Roffe
      you should give people an actual response instead of giving the same website to look it up their self as you did to all of the other girls .... i'm pretty sure that if they wanted to look it up on a website then they probably would but they ask us because we might have experienced the same as they have. they want an answer not a website//// no offense to you though just a thought...

  48. QUESTION:
    My first PAP SMEAR at 21 & being a virgin! Help me I'm scared!!!?
    Here it goes.. :-( I went to my doctor today cause my periods have been irregular and there's a weird odor coming from 'down there'. She told me I have to get a pap smear.. at first i'm like "NO NO NO! I already told the nurse no!" but she said if I ever want to get rid of the smell and discharge and get my periods on track than I have to see a gynocologist. So I said fine...make me an appointment (knowing that I'll just cancel it and never go).

    BASICALLY it comes down to the fact that I've never been so scared in my LIFE! I've been reading about pap smears for the past 2 hours (and crying at the same time from fear) and have seen a lot of comments from virgins saying how it hurts like a mofo and they cry and have pain for days. and on top of that I'm a bit self conscious about the idea of the whole proceduse. I don't know how i feel about someone looking or touching me down there. I really don't think I can go if it's going to be painful. I am a virgin, although I do masturbate (with my fingers) so will the pain be as bad as it would be for someone who has never had anything inside her? I don't know what my question is.. I'm just hoping some other fellow virgins can help me out and ease my fear! ANY comments or advice would REALLY help me and calm me down! :

    Sincerely,
    Scaredy cat :-(

    • ANSWER:
      Calm down. It's nothing to be that frightened of. All those stories you hear are blown out of porportion. It is not that bad, and it is something you will need to do yearly the rest of your life (birth control, pap smears, childbirth, etc).

      Likely, the masterbation has lead to an infection (probably yeast).

      GYN exams do not hurt unless there is a major problem. Virginity makes no difference. Speculums come in many sizes, and the doctor will not use one that is too big (although they can be cold, my wife says). They hold you open so the doctor can see the cervix. Virgin or not, the vagina is surprisingly very stretchy (and the hymen, too, if it is present - not all virgins have them). They more relaxed you can be, the less you will notice it.

      Some women like to talk to the doctor while being examed, others like to stare at the ceiling (there are often pictures up there for that purpose). A nurse should be present while you are being examed. Some doctors will explain what is happening if they know this is your first exam.

      Pap smears should not hurt, at least much. Don't let the stories you hear scare you. At worst (like right before or after your period), it's a quick pinch and it's over with - no long term pain unless there is a major problem. A dentist visit is far more painful.

      The worst part is that we are taught as kids that our genitals are private, so the exam is embarrassing. Just remember, the doctor sees these parts every day, he/she is not getting turned on, and he/she knows you are uncomfortable (stirrups are kind of weird the first time, my wife says).

      The doctor should let you know he/she is going to touch you before he/she touches you. You will probably get a palpatation exam of the uterus and ovaries (doc will insert one finger into you and press another hand on your lower abdoman to feel the size and shape of the organs - irregular periods may be due to ovarian cysts or unterine fibroids).

      Just try to remain calm and relaxed. It's a medical exam. There's a doctor and a nurse, and millions of women do it everyday.

      In a way, women are the braver gender, a prostate exam for men is no less embarrassing (drop your pants, bend over, doctor sticks his finger up your anus to feel the prostate) but far fewer men will get them even when they need one.

  49. QUESTION:
    Is this a bad woman problem?
    okay, every period i get bad cramps. but lately they have become almost like a stabbing pain. and the headaches are always in the same place, and they feel like someone is shoting me. and when i talk to my doctor all she says is that it is nothing. but there is something wrong. but should i tell her that the growing pain makes it hard for me to move some days? and that there may be more than a PMS problem?

    • ANSWER:
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  50. QUESTION:
    Pain after sex, almost everytime.?
    Hey. So Everytime I have sex with my boyfriend we usually do it 1 or more times throughout the day or night (we don't have sex everyday). Afterwards I am sore and sometimes there is a split in the bridge type thing between my bum and vagina. Also I sometimes smell not pleasant after sex this only happens if we do it more than once, is there any way I can stop or prevent the odour? Thanks heaps.

    • ANSWER:
      If you re experiencing pain during or after sex there may be several factors that are contributing to the pain you feel. It can be normal for a girl/woman to experience pain when having sex for the first time and this may last even when having sex for the first few times after losing your virginity, however there are a number of physical conditions that may make sex hurt, including:

      * Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
      * Endometriosis
      * Ovarian cysts
      * Interstitial cystitis
      * Vaginismus
      * Vulvodynia
      * Some sexually transmitted diseases
      * Urinary infections
      * Yeast infections
      * Vaginal dryness
      * Physical injury and chronic pain

      I would recommend that if you experience pain during or after sex that you consult with your doctor/gynaecologist for further evaluation and to rule out any serious causes.

      Good luck :)


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