"Embarrassing" Health Issues You Shouldn't Ignore

I personally do not believe that anything related to our health should ever be classified as embarrassing. However, it is a fact of life that many of us are indeed embarrassed about a whole range of illnesses and conditions and that can lead to us not getting the treatment we need when we need it most.

Being embarrassed to see your doctor is perfectly understandable, but it can really put your health at risk, especially if you’re suffering from one of the following conditions which should never be ignored no matter how red in the cheeks discussing them might make you...

Yeast Infections
Yeast infections are a downstairs problem, which automatically makes them embarrassing for a lot of women. That, combined with the fact that most women don’t see them as being too big a deal means they are often left untreated by a medical professional. The thing is if you don’t do something about them, not only can they be very uncomfortable, but they can lead to bigger problems such as swelling which will eventually need treatment anyway, so why not get it fixed as soon as you possibly can?

Hearing Loss
It’s weird, but loss of hearing is not embarrassing at all - it’s a serious problem that I think we all recognize - however, a lot of people feel embarrassed about the thought of having to wear a hearing aid, which stops them from seeking treatment. This is misguided not only because if you don’t deal with your hearing loss, it could get much worse, but because all of the best hearing aids today are small and largely unnoticeable. If you can’t hear as well as you once did, please do see an ENT as soon as possible because they might just be able to prevent further deterioration.

Depression and other mental illnesses still, unfortunately, carry a stigma in some sections of society, which can make it really difficult for sufferers to get the help they need, but if you’ree experiencing problems with your mental health, please do see a professional because therapy and medication can really help and taking back control of your life and living as well as you can is more important than a little perceived embarrassment, isn’t it?

Excessive Hair Growth
Excessive growth of hair on the face and body can be an embarrassing thing for many women to deal with, but it is important that you do because it could be a symptom of polycystic ovarian syndrome or a serious hormonal balance. Doctors and nurses will have seen it all before and really, it’s just hair - there’s nothing to be embarrassed about at all!

Bleeding between periods might not be the most comfortable subject to talk about, but doing so might just save your life because it could be a sign of ovarian cancer, if not an STI or polycystic ovarian syndrome. Any bleeding that is not usual needs to be checked out really.

If you experience these or any other “embarrassing’ health issues, see your doctor, they will have seen it all (and much worse) before and they will offer you nothing but help and support. Your health is the most im[ortant thing you have, so take good care of it.

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