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Four Medical Conditions An OBGYN Can Diagnose And Treat

by Stephen Silva

Many women think that the only reason to see a doctor that specializes in obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN), is when they are thinking about becoming pregnant. However, there are many health issues affecting women only that an OBGYN can effectively diagnose and treat.

Here are four of those medical conditions.

1. Adenomyosis

When the endometrial tissue of the uterus grows into the muscle wall of the uterus, the result is a condition called adenomyosis. Some of the most common symptoms associated with this condition include:

  • Prolonged menstrual cramps
  • A longer-than-normal menstrual cycle
  • Blood clots during menstruation

This condition typically affects women during the late stages of their child bearing years and usually before menopause.

2. Bladder Prolapse

When the tissues in the pelvis become weak, they may no longer be able to provide adequate support for the bladder. When this happens, it results in a condition called bladder prolapse. Some common symptoms associated with bladder prolapse include:

  • Unusual vaginal bleeding
  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • A heavy feeling in the pelvis

Some women may also experience increased bouts of constipation or they have recurring bladder infections. If the condition is not treated right away, it could cause complications with the bowel and bladder.

3. Toxic Shock Syndrome

This condition is caused by a bacterial infection that occurs when Staphylococcus aureus enters the bloodstream and produces toxins. Women who are between the ages of 15 and 25 and who wear tampons during their menstrual cycle are at the highest risk of getting toxic shock syndrome. While it is a rare condition, it can be fatal.

Some common symptoms include:

  • High fever
  • Increased blood flow to the mouth and eyes
  • Decreased urine output

If not treated right away, toxic shock syndrome can result in the loss of limbs and even death. Women who have been diagnosed with this condition should avoid using tampons.

4. Pelvic Congestion Syndrome

When women have varicose veins in the pelvic region, it can result in a condition called pelvic congestion syndrome. About 30 percent of women who experience chronic pelvic pain have this condition.

Women who have given birth are at the highest risk of getting pelvic congestion syndrome. Some common symptoms include:

  • Dull pain after standing for long periods of time or after sexual intercourse
  • Swelling of the vagina or vulva
  • Varicose veins on the thighs or buttocks

The most common cause of this disorder is pregnancy, which is why it usually develops only in women who have given birth.