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What symptoms a woman should not ignore?

What symptoms a woman should not ignore?


When you have a sudden change like headache, nausea, fatigue, unexpected vaginal bleeding or discharge, heart palpitations that last more than 15 minutes, or a rash on your breast that doesn’t go away within a couple of days, it’s wise to see your doctor. Headache, nausea, fatigue, and achiness may be a sign of a common cold or flu virus or a sign of heatstroke, especially in older adults or may indicate something more significant. 

  1. Fatigue:  Fibromyalgia syndrome, a disorder that causes chronic, deep muscle pain, may cause debilitating fatigue, even headache. Fibromyalgiais a syndrome that occurs more often in women than men and has no known cure. Medication, getting sound sleep, being active, and eating a healthy diet may help the extreme fatigue of fibromyalgia. Cancer, depression, some types of inflammatory arthritis are important causes. Antihistamines, antidepressants, and pain medicines at higher doses can cause significant fatigue. 
  2. Breast changes: The size, feel, and look of your breasts are as individual as you are, and breasts often change predictably throughout the month. Some women normally have lumps; others get a lumpevery month before their period. 80 to 85 percent of breast lumps are benign, meaning they are non-cancerous, especially in women younger than age 40. Harmless breast lumps can be solid and unmovable like a dried bean, or there can be a moveable lump in your breast, soft and fluid-filled, rolling between your fingers like a grape. A fluid-filled lump that rolls between the fingers is less likely to be cancer than a hard lump in your breast that is rooted. Some cases require ultrasound, mammogram, or a fine needle aspiration (FNA), biopsy to confirm the nature of the lesion. Breast cancer can appear as an unusual redness of the skin that looks like an infection, swelling, lumps, bumps, or nodules. Other potential symptoms include nipple discharge that’s bloody (if it’s not bloody, it’s probably not of concern), and breasts that become unusually asymmetrical. Breast cancer does not usually come with pain, but benign conditions often do.
  3. Vaginal bleeding: Irregular bleeding, especially if it’s accompanied by pain during sex, could signal a serious condition likecervical canceror uterine cancer. If your menstrual period becomes unusually heavy or irregular, occurs more often than every three weeks, or you have spotting between periods it requires attention. Even a little bit of bleeding after menopause is abnormal.
  4. Weight changes: weight loss can be a sign of cancer, while weight gain may be a warning sign of heart failureor thyroid disease. If you experience new bloating or distension in your midsection that is persistent, it could be a sign of ovarian cancer. If you have weight gain along with swelling in both of your legs and shortness of breath when you lie flat, you could be showing signs of heart failure. Rapid weight gain, swelling, and retention of fluid can occur when your heart doesn’t pump fluid as efficiently as it should. 
  5. Moles that bleed: your mole assumes significance if any of the following occurs; Asymmetric appearance, Border that’s irregular, Color variation, Diameter larger than a pencil eraser, Changing size, color, and shape.
  6. Persistent leg pain: Swelling and pain in one leg that doesn't go away may signal thatyou have a blood clotinside a vein, known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Smoking, having surgery, being on estrogen-containing pills or hormone therapy, being immobile for a long period of time (like during long-distance travel), being pregnant, and recently giving birth are some of the risk factors. 70 percent of blood clots that travel to the lungs  and cause serious health issues, begin in the legs. 
  7. Heart palpitation: heart palpitationsthat lastlonger than 15 minutes — especially if they’re accompanied by shortness of breath, weakness, dizziness, or loss of consciousness — you should be checked out. In atrial fibrillation, the top chambers of the heart beat more quickly than the lower chambers. When prolonged, this can result in blood clots that can move to other parts of the body and may lead to stroke or heart failure over time. 
  8. Chest pain: If you lift something and have chest painthat you’ve never had before, get it checked out. You should also see your doctor about any new chest pain when you walk upstairs or exert yourself in some way. This is particularly important if the pain goes away after a short period of rest. Women are more likely than men to have atypical symptoms of a heart attack; shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, extreme fatigue, a cold sweat, or pain in the arms, back, neck, or stomach,
  9. Shortness of Breath: If you experience shortness of breath after exertion that progressively gets worse, it could be a sign of a heart disease likeaortic stenosis(a valve problem in an older woman) or coronary artery disease (a partial blockage in an artery leading to the heart). Check with your doctor if you have shortness of breath that suddenly gets worse.
  10. Sudden vision changes: don’t ever ignore visual changes that affect only one eye, the sudden onset of double vision, or the inability to see the center of what you’re looking at. Vision changes that occur suddenly can besigns of a stroke. They’re particularly alarming if they come with other symptoms of stroke, such as numbness on one side of the body, or difficulty speaking or finding the right words. More subtle variations on these symptoms could indicate atransient ischemic attack, commonly called a mini-stroke. Getting them checked out could prevent a larger stroke later.
  11. Bowel Changes: Conditions likecolon cancerand anal cancer can have symptoms like bleeding or blood in the stool, and any major changes in the amount, frequency (either constipation or diarrhea), consistency, or appearance of stools. Bowel changes that don’t go away after a couple of days should be checked out with your doctor.
  12. Sex related headaches and other problems: two types of headaches are associated with sexual activity, especially with orgasm. In the first type, sexual excitement causes muscle contraction in the head and neck, leading to head pain. Headaches associated with strenuous physical activity, like sexual intercourse, are also known as exertional headaches. Most exertional headaches are benign. Post-sex depressionis marked by feelings of sadness, anxiety, irritability, or agitation. If you’re regularly sad in the sack, you might want to explore the reasons for your feelings with a therapist. Sexual activity introduces bacteria into a woman's urinary tract. If you’re plagued with UTIs, try urinating right after sex. Symptoms of bacterial vaginosis include cervical mucus that may be white or gray in color; cervical mucus with a strong, foul odor; vaginal odor that is particularly strong, with a fishy smell after sex; vaginal itching; and painful or burning urination. It’s not a sexually transmitted disease per se — but it can be caused by sex, and women with multiple partners or a new partner are at higher risk. Reduce your risk by being in a monogamous relationship, using condoms, avoiding douching, practicing good hygiene, and wearing cotton underwear and pants that fit loosely in the crotch. 
  13. Migraines: It may be a common problem in certain women. It can have one or more of triggers viz alcohol, bright light, caffeine, cheese, computers or mobile, dehydration, travel, anxiety, hot or cold temperatures, hormonal changes etc.
  14. Vaginal issues: if women experience changes in vaginal odor, a change in color of their discharge that may be associated with discomfort — whether it’s pelvic discomfort or vulvar discomfort, itching, or burning — any change needs to be evaluated. Using condoms — either the male or female kind — during sex helps to protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as HIVgenital herpessyphilisgonorrheagenital warts, and Chlamydia. Some of these, like HIV and genital herpes, have no cure. And others, like the human papillomavirus (HPV) that causes genital warts, are known to cause cancer. The HPV vaccine protects against nine strains of the virus and has been found to be effective against cervical cancer, genital warts, and HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer. In a study published in January 2018 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the prevalence of HPV-related oral infections was 88 percent lower in those who reported to have had at least one dose of the HPV vaccine.

You should change condoms when switching from oral or anal sex to vaginal sex, to prevent the introduction of harmful bacteria into the vagina. You should also avoid sharing sex toys with your partner.


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