The ranges of conditions that can cause
are diverse, range in seriousness, and vary based on your age, fertility, and
Vaginal bleeding after
never normal. If you have gone through menopause and have
, see your health care provider as soon as possible.
during your period or frequent
between periods warrants evaluation by your health care provider.
Bleeding after intercourse, especially after vigorous sex, does occur in some
women. If this occurs only occasionally, it is probably nothing to worry about.
Evaluation by your health care provider is advisable, especially if the
If you have
that is associated with weakness, feeling faint or light-headed, or actual
faint, go to a hospital emergency department for care.
Self-treatment is not appropriate for
under most circumstances. Without medical treatment, the
will continue to grow and spread. Eventually vital body organs will not be able
to function properly because the cancer will take their oxygen and nutrients,
crowd them out, or injure them. The result is very often death.
Although self-treatment is inappropriate, there are things you can do to reduce
the physical and mental stresses of your
and its treatment.
Maintaining good nutrition is one of the best things you can do.
You may lose your appetite during your treatment.
Common side effects of chemotherapy, such as nausea, vomiting, and sores inside
the mouth, can make eating difficult.
However, people who eat well, taking in enough calories and protein, will have an
easier time keeping their strength and energy during the therapy. They are also
better able to tolerate the side effects of therapy.
specialist (oncologist) or gynecologist may be able to recommend a nutritionist
who can provide suggestions for keeping up your calorie and protein intake.
The following lifestyle changes may help keep you stronger and more comfortable
A. Physical activity will also help keep your strength and energy level
up. Engage in mild physical activity that is comfortable but doesn't wear you
B. Rest is equally important. Get plenty of sleep each night and rest
during the day if you need to.
C. Quit smoking.
D. Avoid alcohol. You may not be able to drink alcohol with some of the
are taking. Be sure to ask your health care provider.
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