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Six health symptoms women should never ignore

Health By Audrey Masitsa
Should you notice any changes in your health, consult your doctor (Photo: Shutterstock)

As you get older, you get to know the ups and downs of your body. For the most part, a certain level of pain during your menses, tiredness after a long day, heavier breathing after a workout, etc., is normal. However, when you notice certain changes in the “usual”, you should seek further clarification from your doctor.

But what are these changes? According to Healthline, high body temperature, bleeding and chest pain could all be a sign of a more serious condition. We look at these changes in greater below.

1. Cramps and period

If you notice changes in your period i.e. more intense cramps or a heavier period, consult your gynaecologist. Conditions such as uterine fibroids often manifest themselves with painful, heavier periods.

2. Bust

An increase in bust size, discharge from your nipples or colour changes, should be reported to a doctor. Remember that it is normal for your bust to swell around your menses so if the swelling is out of the ordinary, see the doctor.

3. Breathing

It’s normal to for you to feel short of breath after exercising or climbing the stairs. However, if you notice you run out of breath after walking short distances or exerting yourself a little, see your doctor. Shortness of breath could be an indication of heart disease.

If it is accompanied by lightheadedness, chest pain and nausea, go to the hospital.

Severe cramps and heavy bleeding during your period could be a sign of utrerine fibroids (Photo: Shutterstock)

4. Excessive fatigue

You’ll inevitably feel fatigued after a long day at work or if you haven’t been sleeping well. However, constantly feeling tired even after getting what you thought was enough sleep is a sign of something more serious like anaemia, depression, diabetes, sleep apnea, etc.

5. Sudden weight loss

Truth be told, many women are trying to lose some weight. When you embark on your weight loss journey, you expect to lose weight gradually. If you suddenly lose a lot of weight with no effort, seek medical attention.

Sudden loss of weight could be a sign of a more chronic illness like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, etc.

6. Pain during sex

Any sort of pain during intercourse, and we don’t mean soreness or muscle aches, could be a sign of endometriosis. Consult your doctor should you notice this.

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