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Alternative Names Vaginal cancer; Cancer - vagina; Tumor - vaginal Symptoms Bleeding after sexual intercourse Painless vaginal bleeding and discharge Pain in the pelvis or vagina About 5 - 10% of patients have no symptoms. Signs and tests In patients with no symptoms, the cancer may be found during a routine pelvic examination and Pap smear . Other tests to diagnose vaginal tumors include: Biopsy Colposcopy Other tests that may be done include: Chest x-ray CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis
Alternative Names Inclusion cyst; Gartner's duct cyst Symptoms Vaginal cysts usually do not cause symptoms, although there may be a soft lump felt in the vaginal wall or protruding from the vagina. Some women with vaginal cysts may have discomfort during sexual intercourse or difficulty inserting tampons. Signs and tests Upon pelvic examination, a mass or bulge of the vaginal wall may be seen or felt by the examiner. A biopsy may be necessary to rule out vaginal cancer , especially if the mass appears to be solid. If the cyst is located under the bladder or urethra, X-rays may be required to be sure the cyst does not involve these structures.
Q. Since I've started going through menopause,
I'm really not in the mood for sex very often. And even when I am, it's
painful! What's going on?
A. Loss of sexual desire and painful intercourse
are two hallmarks of menopause. The villain is your body's lack of hormone
production. Your ovaries' and adrenal glands' production of estrogen and
progesterone diminishes over time; and, while it takes longer, eventually
testosterone production lessens, too.
What does all this mean? Testosterone is the
hormone that produces sexual desire (libido) in women. Without it, you have a
hard time getting excited at the prospect of making love. Think of how you
felt, sexually, as a child; the lack of testosterone is taking you back towards
that libido-free zone.
What can you do about this? It used to be
thought that testosterone cream, applied topically to the vagina, would bring
back your feelings of sexual excitement; but recent studies have pretty much
disproven that. So, ...
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