Women around the world struggle to balance work, home, children, errands, and so on. Their list of things to do never ends and in this hectic lifestyle, a large number of them end up ignoring changes in your body that might be indicators or symptoms of potential health problems. New York physician Dr. Gafanovich shares the following 10 symptoms women should not ignore:
1. Vaginal bleeding or discharge
For women who have gone through menopause, vaginal bleeding is abnormal and could be a sign of either something small like a hormonal imbalance or something big like endometrial cancer or uterine cancer. Any uncharacteristic discharge or foul-smelling discharge should be taken seriously and a doctor should be consulted.
2. Sudden or unexplained weight loss
Weight loss is usually good for you, especially if you’ve made changes in your diet or have taken up physical activity to achieve this loss. However, when your weight is coming off without any effort, it might be a cause for concern. Colon cancer is accompanied with unexplained weight loss. In case of sudden or abnormal weight loss, consult your doctor.
3. Excessive urination
Too much urination can be indicative of several things including diabetes and uterine fibroids. Something could be wrong and it’s best to get it checked out.
4. Breast changes
All breast lumps are not cancerous, but if you observe any changes in your breasts, you should let your healthcare provider know. This could include skin dimpling or puckering, nipples that turn inward, nipple discharge or redness or scaling of nipple or breast skin.
5. Skin changes
Any out-of-ordinary change in the size, shape or color of a mole or other spot could be a sign of skin cancer and should not be ignored. Also, unexplained bumps on the skin or feet that either do not go away or repeatedly come back should also not be ignored.
6. Flu-like symptoms
Symptoms such as sweating, nausea, light-headedness, fatigue, pressure or pain in the lower chest, abdomen or back are often dismissed because they seem very much like the flu. In many cases it might just be the flu, but in some, these symptoms can actually be signs of a heart attack.
7. Pubic Area discomfort and odor
This can be a very personal matter for most of us and we often do not talk about it enough with our healthcare providers. But don’t be embarrassed! It is important to understand that vaginal and even penile odor for men does happen. Vaginal odor is the result of an unbalanced vaginal pH. Many women experience this and it can be managed through vaginal gels. However, if the odor persists or is accompanied with fever or any other symptoms, women should not ignore it and consult their doctor.
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