Women’s bodies are always changing, so it is sometimes very difficult for them to identify problems in the early stages. In fact, the average woman waits around 13 weeks before visiting a doctor after experiencing the first symptoms of a serious illness.
However, by paying attention to the smallest changes in your body, you can maintain your physical health and prevent future problems. We collected 5 non-obvious signs that point to serious health problems that women shouldn’t ignore.
Warning Signs Women Shouldn’t Ignore
Your Belly Is Bloated
For some women, bloating is a normal part of menstruation. But if you are not prone to bloating and have been feeling it for more than 2 weeks, this could be the first sign that there is something out of balance in your body.
In the case of endometriosis, your tummy may simply swell on any given day and get worse as the day progresses. The “endo belly” is often unpredictable: the swelling can stay with you for days and even weeks or disappear after a few hours. Also, constant swelling can be a sign of breast or ovarian cancer.
There Are Pimples On Your Chin
About 2 weeks before menstruation, your body increases estrogen and progesterone. Due to this change in hormone levels, you may have an acne breakout on your chin, which should clear up after a while.
However, if you always have pimples on your jaw or chin, it could mean that your hormones are out of control and you need to see a doctor before it’s too late.
You Feel Pain When Working Out
If you often experience pain in your pelvic area from running, walking, and even standing for a long time, it could mean that the endometrium, the inner lining of the uterus, is growing out of where it should.
In this case, the foreign endometrial cells and scars bind your internal organs together, causing pain and inability to exercise.
You Experience Lower Back And Leg Pain
Low back pain is quite common during a woman’s menstruation, so it can be considered normal. However, if you suffer from pain in your lower back and shoulders before, during, and after your period, along with muscle tension in those areas, you probably have endometriosis.
Other common symptoms of endometriosis are numbness, tingling, and pain in the legs. This type of pain can spread to one or both legs and be worse before menstruation.
There Are Blood Clots In Your Period
Each person’s period is different: it can be lighter, darker, heavier, etc. And it’s okay if you notice a clot or 2 every now and then. However, if your blood turns dark and the clots are consistent and large, this could be a sign that you have uterine fibroids.
These non-cancerous growths in your uterus can cause abnormal bleeding and even bladder problems.
We want you to stay healthy and never experience any of these symptoms. But if you do, see your doctor as soon as possible. And don’t forget to share this information with your family and friends!
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