Some women have symptoms such as irregular bleeding or pelvic pain, and others have no symptoms. However, just having a simple PAP smear and physical exam every year and discussing your health with a qualified physician will give you the information you need to decide whether or not you need further treatment.
As you see, similar symptoms can be caused by different conditions. Most conditions causing pelvic pain or irregular bleeding are not serious.
However, it is important to know for sure what is causing your symptoms and what kind of treatment, if any, is needed. Your doctor will be able to listen to your symptoms and order the proper diagnostic tests. You may be referred to a gynecologist — a doctor who specializes in treatment of the female reproductive organs.
A thorough medical history and physical exam, including pelvic and PAP smear, will give the doctor information needed to determine what is causing your symptoms. He may also order other diagnostic tests, such as blood work or a pelvic ultrasound.
After your physical exam and any other tests have been reviewed, you and your doctor can determine the best treatment for your diagnosis. Your doctor may tell you that medications or other treatments are needed.