Are you considering a visit to PGOMG? Often, patients will contact our office with questions about whether an appointment is required to assess a symptom they’re experiencing. They are hoping we’ll say no, and that the issue will resolve itself in a few days. And sometimes that is the case.

More often than not, however, you will need to make an appointment with your PGOMG provider. We’ve outlined five key symptoms below that warrant a visit to your gynecologist. Please note that these are just five symptoms we’ve chosen to highlight, and there are many more. If you are experiencing any unpleasant, painful or generally concerning symptom, please contact PGOMG.

Severe abdominal or pelvic pain – Many women expect a degree of discomfort, and even pain, during their period, but because of this expectation, women tend to dismiss concerns when the pain escalates from mild or moderate to severe. Severe abdominal or pelvic pain should not be ignored, as it can indicate the presence of an underlying condition such as uterine fibroids, endometriosis, PCOS, ovarian cysts or even an ectopic pregnancy. Patients are advised to contact 911 when the pain is severe, persistent or disorientating. In these cases, do not wait until PGOMG has office hours available.

Painful intercourse – Infection, vaginal dryness, uterine fibroids and STDs are all common sources of discomfort during sexual intercourse. It’s possible that one of these conditions is responsible for the pain, and your provider can confirm whether treatment is needed.

Urinary incontinence – Urinary incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine. Most women experience some form of incontinence during their lifetime, and it’s particularly common post-childbirth and during menopause. There are effective treatment options available to improve your quality of life and end incontinence issues.

Missed period – Period duration and length between cycles varies from one woman to another, but a missed period, especially if this is an uncommon experience for you, should be noted to your PGOMG provider.

Severe/heavy menstrual bleeding – A heavy flow is one matter, but women who need to change a pad or tampon more than every two hours, or who experience leakage even while using a pad or tampon, will need to visit their gynecologist.

We understand that patients have busy schedules, commitments to work and school, and other responsibilities that can easily fill up a day. However, your health absolutely needs to come first. If you have a gynecological condition that is of concern, please contact PGOMG so we can schedule an appointment to discuss your issue.