10 Common Symptoms Women Should Never Ignore

Despite the progress of society in almost every domain, women and girls are yet to enjoy good health as a topmost priority of self-care. There are responsibilities, children to take care of, looking after the elderly at home or the monthly menstrual menace and beyond give women very less or no time to put their own health care at the top pedestal.

Women often tend to ignore symptoms that are actually related to medical conditions on a day-to-day basis without considering the consequences that they would eventually encounter over a period of time.

Living in a place that is completely surrounded by evolution, humans underestimate the cause and effect of the changes made through time. The female biological system is designed to withstand certain changes but these aren’t always perceived the same way as the body ages with time.

Here are 10 of the most common symptoms that are red flags and shouldn’t be avoided.

Tremendous Fatigue

Women have different body weights, energy levels, and a variety of habits. Getting tired or lazy very frequently can give your body signs of medical conditions like deficiencies, chronic diseases, or hormonal imbalances. The lethargic routine of a woman shouldn’t be considered normal or part of their nature.

Iron deficiencies, anaemia, heart diseases, and stress are some of the medical conditions to have fatigue as a very common symptom. Diabetes is one of the most common conditions faced in the world and fatigue is the most common symptom of diabetics. Thus, consulting a professional is highly recommended.

A Feeling of Numbness in the Body

A tingling sensation or weakness experienced in the upper and lower limbs by women should not be ignored as this can show signs of neuromuscular disorders or cardiac diseases. Numbness in general can be regarded as a sign of fewer motor movements but not frequently.

Bleeding Even after Menopause

Menopause begins in a woman at the age of 45 or 50. This happens when the female reproductive system stops ovulation and a woman no longer has monthly menstrual cycles. However, women who experience vaginal bleeding even post-menopause should consider seeing a doctor because this is not considered normal. This can be related to chronic medical conditions such as uterine cancer, fibroids and endometritis.

Facial Hair

Facial hair growth isn’t a characteristic feature of the female biological system. Facial hair is caused due to male hormones known as androgens present in the body. When levels of these compounds are high in the female body, the condition is known as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or also referred to as polycystic ovary disorder (PCOD). This is a disorder caused by hormonal imbalance and the very common symptoms of this syndrome include irregular menstrual cycles, acne, weight gain, etc.

Another condition that causes excess facial hair growth in women is hirsutism which is also a result of hormonal imbalance.

Pain in Breasts

Swelling in the breasts is generally common during pregnancy or if suffering from any form of injury. Breast pain is a strict sign of breast cancer and cannot be ignored. Other symptoms of cancer include discoloration of the breasts.


Usually after eating or during menstruation, having a bloated abdomen is quite normal. If a woman is experiencing it for more than a certain period of time, then this is an early indication of ovarian cancer. Symptoms of ovarian cancer are often misinterpreted and overlooked but these shouldn’t be ignored.

Stool Color

Stools emanating blood can be dangerous and cannot be ignored. Changes in the color of stools cannot be ignored either. These can be indicative of problems in the gastrointestinal tract. These can include ulcers, hemorrhoids, cancer, or inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS).

Weight Loss

Losing a few pounds or more is fine when one has started to work out or has made changes in eating habits. Unexpected weight loss is linked with diseases like thyroid, diabetes, cancer, HIV, or diseases related to the heart.

Shortness of Breath

If a woman is experiencing shorter breaths and has discomfort in the chest region, consulting a specialist would be highly recommended. Uncomfortable breathing would be related to dyspnoea that if not treated, can cause cancer-related conditions. Other valid reasons for shortness of breath could be lung infections like pneumonia or having anxiety attacks or respiratory problems like asthma.

Blood in the Urine

Normal urine is pale yellow in color but if blood is noticeable, then these are symptoms of either cancer of the reproductive area or urinary tract infections (UTI). Infections of the urinary tract can damage the kidney or liver.


It is advised to consult a doctor rather than ignoring these symptoms and waiting for the consequences that may deteriorate health. The symptoms cannot be overlooked and left untreated for long. Our advice to all the strong women out there would always be to continue keeping their spirits high and seek medical help if they have been facing even the slightest of symptoms discussed above.

Updated on: 27-Feb-2023


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