- Heavy bleeding
Once in a while it is alright to suffer from heavy bleeding. For example in the summers, we might get our monthly cycle sooner or heavier.
But a woman just knows it when her periods get so heavy that it doesn’t seem normal, especially for women who have passed menopause and experience bleeding, it is a red alert.
Excessive bleeding or bleeding after menopause is usually a sign of some cancer or serious illness of the uterus or ovaries, or even a hormonal imbalance.
- Excessive urination
We all get up in the night to visit the bathroom. But if these visits to the bathroom exceed more than 4 to 5 visits then it might be a sign of a disease or illness.
Either you are a diabetic patient that has the need to empty his or her bladder all the time or you have something pressing against your bladder in the form of a cyst or fibroid.
Do not ignore the cyst or mass as it might be cancerous.
- Belly bloat
When we eat something that doesn’t suit our tummy, we may suffer from belly bloating and even on days when we are expecting our monthly periods. But if the bloating is on a daily basis you have something to be concerned about.
Belly bloat might not seem like anything serious but it is one of the most common signs of ovarian cancer. Pain is not necessary but a sense of discomfort is enough to be alert.
- Abnormal vaginal discharge
Women experience colorless odorless discharge which is considered normal in healthy women. But you notice any colored or foul smelled discharge it is time you visit the doctor as this is a symptom of fallopian or cervical tube cancer.
- Unexplained weight loss
If you have been experiencing unexplained weight loss then it might be a good idea to visit the doctor. Unexplained weight loss could be a sign of diabetes, colon cancer or even hyperthyroidism.
- Pelvic pain
Pelvic pain in any form whether piercing or vague is not normal. Head to the doctor immediately as pain in the pelvic area could be a sign of masses, diverticulitis or endometriosis.
- Constant fatigue
It is alright to feel tired once in a while. But if you are constantly feeling tired, even after getting a good night rest, you might need to visit the doctor and investigate the cause of your fatigue.
Fatigue can be a condition when you’re suffering from any disease like diabetes, depression, cancers or anemia.
- Swollen leg
If you have discovered that your legs have swollen to a size bigger than usual then you might have to visit the doctor. Swollen legs are usually a sign of a clot somewhere in the body or water retention caused by some other underlying serious medical illness.
- Stomach ache
It is alright to suffer from a tummy ache once in a while. But if you are constantly for weeks suffering from tummy ache or a feeling or fullness, then it might be a good idea to meet a doctor and figure out why you have been suffering from this misery.
- Vaginal itching or burning
You should visit a doctor and see if your vagina is in its normal state. Any color changes or unusual textures, lesions or raised surfaces are something that should not be ignored.
Every woman should not ignore these symptoms, unless they want a small symptom to escalate into some other serious condition or disease.
Written by: Rasha Ashraf