Whether you’re juggling a career and family or have an active social life, the experts agree that women cannot afford to ignore their sexual health!

Health Central identifies the following five sexual health symptoms that women should be on the lookout for:

  1. Irregular bleeding

Yes, your menstrual cycle might not be as regular as clockwork and you might not follow the ‘28-day’ menstrual calendar. However, you know your body and what is normal for you; therefore, you should be aware of bleeding that is different or irregular spotting.

  1. Burning urine

This could be a sign of a urinary tract infection (UTI), an STI or an STD, and if they not treated well, they can cause further health complications. 

  1. Lump in your breast

A lot of women are prone to breast cancer deaths because they miss the early warning signs. Should your breasts suddenly appear uneven, or you find nipple discharge or hard, painful lumps, it is advisable to have your doctor check this out.

  1. Discharge

Discharge is a normal part of the vagina’s self-cleansing routine, and the amount and thickness of the discharge will differ depending on where you are in your cycle. For example, if you are ovulating, the discharge will be clear, stringy and thicker. If your discharge has a foul smell or causes you to itch, you could have a bacterial or fungal infection – or worse, an STI.

  1. Painful sex

Pain or discomfort during sex may indicate a problem with your ovaries (a possible cyst) or inflammation of the pelvic floor, among other things. Nobody wants to have uncomfortable sex, so have this checkout out by your doctor.

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