It can be easy to dismiss changes in your body, especially when they're gynecological in nature. While some changes can be natural, the three issues mentioned below should be brought to your gynecologist's attention immediately so the true nature of the issue can be known and treated.

1. Unusual Vaginal Discharge

Unusual for you may not be unusual for another woman, so it's important to know your body and seek gynecological help when something seems amiss.

Vaginal discharge can tell you a lot of about your health. Discharge can vary in color, from clear to milky, depending on your menstrual cycle, and the odor can also differ throughout the month. Things to be aware of include less or more discharge than usual, discharge that's dark, bloody, yellow, green, or pink, or discharge that's unusually thick. There are a number of things that can lead to these changes, from new medications to sexually transmitted diseases, and with your gynecologist's help the issue can be properly diagnosed and treated.

2. Change in Menstrual Cycle

There are a number of circumstances that can change the flow, frequency, and symptoms related to your menstrual cycle, but it's always good to be aware of what's regular for you and see help when needed.

Your menstrual cycle can tell you a lot about your gynecological and overall health. Because of this, it's important to keep track of your cycle – frequency, flow, pain, and discomfort. Changes in these aspects of the cycle can be normal – especially due to pregnancy, premenopause, illness, and stress. There are, however, some conditions, such as hormone disorders and infections, that can cause a sudden change in your menstrual cycle that need to be addressed by your doctor. Failure to address these issues immediately can lead to lifelong, irreversible changes.

3. Change in Breast Tissue

Your gynecologist isn't the only person who can perform breast exams and regular breast exams should be performed by you at least once per month.

A change in breast tissue could hint at a number of problems, not all of them cancer. Changes in breast tissue include lumps, unusually firm tissue, and even a change in the size and shape. Changes may also be seen externally – rashes or other skin changes, discharge from the nipples, and discoloration. These changes can be caused by hormones, infections, or non-cancerous tumors.

If you're concerned about your gynecological health or experiencing any of the issues mentioned above, set up an appointment with a local gynecologist (such as Mark E Richey MD PC) immediately.