‘Don’t be ashamed to see your gynaecologist’
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
WOMEN should not be ashamed to seek professional help if they notice something abnormal with their reproductive system such as irregular menstrual cycle or vaginal discharge, said a consultant gynaecologist at a private clinic.
In an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday, Dr Avinash Vadwa who works at a private clinic in Gadong, said women in Brunei should not delay getting proper treatment if they discover any genital abnormalities or discomfort as it could be an indication of an infection or even cervical cancer.
“I tell my clients to always seek medical help and consult a professional if they notice something not right with their private parts. It’s nothing to be ashamed about,” said the expert, noting that it is better to be safe than sorry.
Dr Vadwa, who has been practicing in Brunei for 36 years and had previously worked at the Ministry of Health (MoH), said women should consult a gynaecologist if symptoms such as vaginal discharge, odour, itching and pain persists.
She said Dysmenorrhea or severe painful menstrual cramping, abnormal bleeding, spotting in between menstrual periods and blood clots during menses could also be a red flag for an unhealthy reproductive system.
“Periods shouldn’t stop you from carrying out your daily routines. It shouldn’t be painful or irregular,” said Dr Vadwa.
She said while irregular period and vaginal discharge could be caused by several factors like hormone imbalance, stress and weight gain or loss, it could also be a warning sign of a more complicated and serious health issue.
The health expert said only tests can rule out whether it is hormonal imbalance or cancer.She added that the most common reasons for Bruneian women to seek medical care from gynaecologists include vaginal infections and painful cramps during period.
“We usually conduct pap smear to check whether there’s any infection or anything unusual that could lead to cancer,” she said, noting that vaginal infections can be transmitted from public toilets and sexual contact.
Dr Vadwa said cervical cancer can be prevented through Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination. “Cervical cancer is caused by HPV infection. To prevent this, I urge women to get their HPV vaccination as primary prevention and further pap smear as an early detection of cancer,” she said.
The Brunei Times