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Dr. Dana M. Russo, FACOG
Board Certified Obstetrician & Gynecologist
Operating at Trio Med Spa, 200 Northfield Rd #1, Northfield, IL

Dr. Dana M. Russo, FACOG
Board Certified Obstetrician & Gynecologist
Operating at Trio Med Spa, 200 Northfield Rd #1, Northfield, IL

3 Most Common Vaginal Problems Women Face

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Common Vaginal Problems

Ah, the complex vagina. In general, a powerful source of joy. A main freeway that ushers newborns into the world. A connector in times of intimacy. But what about when things aren’t right? Common vaginal problems tie us all together. And, big or small they put a damper on life. Affect relationships. Optimal vaginal health is a priority. So, common vaginal problems need to be treated.

3 of the Most Common Vaginal Problems We Face

Infections

One of the most common vaginal problems we all face at some point is infection. Infections down there are super inconvenient. Itchy. Painful. Even smelly. Let’s be honest. With that, they make us self- conscious. Cramp our routine. Common vaginal infections include Bacterial Vaginosis, Trichomonas Vaginitis and yeast infections. Causes of vaginal infections vary. For some women, the normal balance of flora and PH get off kilter causing an overgrowth of bacteria. Other times, an infection is passed between partners. Be sure to discuss your whole health history with me to get a handle on the source of yours.

What are the Signs?

Vaginal discharge with a fishy odor is a top sign of an infection. Redness, itching and pain are 3 more signs that you may have a vaginal infection.

What to do?

Bacterial vaginal infections are usually treated with antibiotics or topical creams. This depends on the infection and severity. Some women suffer repeated infections. If this is you, be sure to share this with me to arm yourself with an effective, proactive arsenal of both education and treatment.

Painful Intercourse

Ouch! When the thought of penetration makes you shiver instead of quiver it’s time to take action. Painful sex is such a common vaginal problem that 3 out of 4 women experience it as some point recurrently (Dyspareunia). Causes are as individual as a woman herself. These include lack of lubrication, dryness, hormonal imbalance, psychological factors, trauma and infection.

What are the Signs?

Painful intercourse can occur before, during and immediately after penetration. Signs that you may have dyspareunia include vaginal aching or throbbing after completing intercourse and pain during any type of entry.

What to Do?

You don’t have to live with pain during sex. Begin an honest dialogue with me at your appointment. Get to the root of the issue. We offer innovative, nonsurgical, personalized treatments to restore balance to your intimate life.

Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is another equal opportunity, common vaginal problem. It occurs in younger years as a result of vaginal childbirth. On to the 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond, urinary incontinence becomes a real sidekick for many women. Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) occurs during physical activity. Think sneezing or lifting. Urge incontinence is yet another type where the urge to pee is always there. No matter how much you go, you still feel like…you need to go.

What are the Signs?

If you leak urine when you lift, sneeze, cough or exercise you may have SUI. If your bladder never really feels empty and you always feel the urge to go, this describes urge incontinence. Both types are seen in women with hormonal imbalance due to menopause, certain medical conditions and even certain cancer treatments.

What To Do?

Don’t settle for leaks. Incontinence causes women to pull back on activities they love. Quality of life suffers. Regain control by exploring your options with Dr. Russo. From pelvic floor rehab to nonsurgical techniques, the choice is yours for putting pee back in its place.

Every woman deserves optimal vaginal health. Schedule your full exam today and become empowered at Inner Beauty Med.