Women’s bodies are constantly changing and subject to various issues and problems, from as early as adolescence all the way through to adulthood and old age. But while some of these health concerns and issues can be routine and manageable without stringent medical intervention, others warrant more care.

Among these issues that require careful monitoring and intervention, you have the following signs that can be a cause for alarm:

1. Unusual periods and menstrual patterns

It’s normal for there to be some level of variation or change in your menstrual cycle, including heavier or lighter flow, a missed period, or changing dates. However, it’s not normal for repeatedly missed or irregular periods, abnormally long or short duration, extreme pain, or very heavy flow. These are definitely signs of concern and could mean that something is wrong with your menstrual cycle.

2. Vaginal bleeding outside your menstrual cycle

Another sign of alarm is unusual vaginal bleeding outside your menstrual cycle. Infections, fibroids, cysts, polyps, and several other causes could be responsible for this issue and require immediate medical attention. You might notice some bleeding once in a while, and that might not be a terrible thing right away. However, persistent, frequent vaginal bleeding unrelated to your cycle is definitely a major concern.

3. Unusual discharge from the vagina or nipples

Our bodies try to warn us in different ways, and discharge from the vagina and nipples is one of them. There are different types of normal and abnormal discharge from both organs and can range in color and texture. However, bloody discharge from the nipples is always something to be wary of and should be taken up with your women’s healthcare specialist immediately.

4. Shortness of breath and fatigue

Shortness of breath is another major indicator of worsening health, especially heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women and can be attributed to stress levels, diet, and lifestyle in general. It’s incredibly important that women address any signs of concern, including trouble breathing, chest pain or tightness, nausea, jaw pain, numbness, or fatigue that can signal heart attacks and strokes. These are incredibly dangerous and can lead to severe health impacts or even death if left untreated.  

5. Painful sexual intercourse

Thanks to a lack of sexual education, stigma, and shame, many women have come to normalize pain during sexual intercourse, but if you’re noticing unusual pain that disrupts your sex life and your overall functionality, meet with your doctor today.

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