Supposedly Embarrassing Health Issues You Should Never Ignore'

Are you one of those people who tries to go to the doctor as little as possible, even when it might not be the most sensible course of action? There’s no shame here, a lot of people get nervous or embarrassed about their body, but the truth is that if you ignore any of the following concerns, it could get a lot worse. If you experience any of the following, don’t hesitate to get professional help.

Changes as we age
The simple fact of life is that we are all getting older and, as we age, our risk of developing certain conditions becomes increasingly likely. Putting our head in the sand won’t stop our health from changing as we age. However, it can result in issues like chronic pain getting much more uncomfortable as time goes on. If you’re having problems with your senses, such as your vision or your hearing, it can get a lot worse if you don’t have it examined and corrected with glasses or a hearing aid, as well. If you ignore the effects of age, now, then they’re likely to get a lot worse in a lot less time.

Our reproductive health
There’s a lot of cultural significance placed on our reproductive health, especially as women. The fear of being labelled as “infertile” is a serious weight for anyone to carry, and this can make women fear about seeing a fertility doctor. However, you never know when a diagnosis and treatment could make it much easier to conceive. Similarly, we should all be aware of alarmingly high STD incident rates. If you’re sexually active, then making sure that you haven’t contracted something from partners, past or present, is crucial. Some STDs can have increasingly damaging effects the longer they are left, which can result in your reproductive health suffering, as well. The healthcare world has gotten a lot more open about sexual and reproductive health, so there’s much less of a taboo to be worried about.

Our mental health
Similarly, the discussion around mental health issues such as stress, depression, and anxiety has become increasingly public and vocal. A lot of people might still feel some hesitance to reveal what they might consider a “vulnerability”, the tools to recognize and treat these issues are improving all the time. Stress is one of the most common concerns of all, and it can get the best of us, leading to the point that we feel unable to function. Besides clinical treatment, you should also consider looking at methods of fighting stress in your own home, such as meditation, exercise, and practising mindfulness. If stress is starting to have physical effects, such as disrupting sleep, making you feel achy, or contributing to depression, you should get help, however.

Bathroom concerns
If you’re a naturally retentive person, then you might not like the idea of talking about what goes on in the bathroom at all. However, a failure to highlight certain issues can prove dangerous for you in the long run. For instance, if you have any pain during your bowel movements, it could be a symptom of a wide range of issues, including anal fissues and irritable bowel syndrome. Incontinence is another issue that you might feel awkward to discuss, but urinary incontinence isn’t as rare amongst women as you might think. There are a range of behavioral changes that can help fight it, as well as medication.

Lumps, bumps, and other skin changes
Many women are much more aware of the risk of breast cancer and how to check for lumps than they were only a decade ago. However, there are other changes that some might be less inclined to notice. Changes to your nipples, such leaking, rashes, or your nipples becoming inverted, for instance, could all be signs of breast cancer. If you notice an unexplained new rash, lump, or bump, it’s always wise to have a doctor or a dermatologist look at it. In most cases, it’s nothing to be too concerned about, but cancer is never a condition you want to take a risk with. Even if you don’t recognise it as an early risk symptom, you should still check it out.

No matter how odd or embarrassing you might think your problems are, you can rest assured that your doctor has probably seen them plenty of times, It’s not worth risking your health to save a little face, so if you experience any of the above, make sure that you get the help you need. 

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