8 Health Issues Women Shouldn’t Ignore

August 25, 2015  |  
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You want to be a trooper. You don’t want to complain. You don’t want to be a hypochondriac. So, what do you do when a little pain here or tension there comes up? You pop some pain relievers, vent on social media about it and go on with your day. But there are some “normal” health issues that aren’t really that normal after all. Here are eight health problems women ignore but shouldn’t.

Chronic exhaustion

Being tired all of the time is just a symptom of being an adult, right? Everybody is constantly tired. It just comes with working full-time.

What it could mean

Chronic exhaustion can be a sign of diabetes, thyroid problems, heart issues and even cancer. If you sleep enough, eat well and still can’t seem to find energy, you should see a doctor. Chronic exhaustion does not have to be a part of your life.

Unbearable headaches

Headaches are going to happen. If you stare at a computer screen all day, are undergoing a lot of stress, or you’re just, you know, a living grown up, they can be common. Most women just take a few Advil and hope for the best.

What it could mean

If your headaches are so bad that you’re crying, or unable to think, and pain relievers aren’t helping, see a doctor. Unbearable headaches can be a sign of some serious conditions like a brain tumor or stroke.

Heart palpitations

A heart palpitation is the feeling of your heart skipping a beat or beating more than it should. Sometimes it just feels like your heart is racing. There are several “normal” reasons for this, like too much caffeine or lots of exercise.

What it could mean

If you experience regular heart palpitations, this is not something you should ignore. This could be a sign that you’re not getting enough oxygen to your heart, that you have impending heart disease or that you have hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid).

Trouble sleeping

Almost everyone experiences trouble sleeping at some point. For many women, a little insomnia is just a part of being an adult. Everyone’s a little sleep-deprived so it must be normal, right?


What it could mean

This could be a sign of a weakened heart muscle or other heart conditions. In general, getting enough sleep is crucial to your overall health so if you’re really struggling with it and have tried all natural methods, see a doctor.

Painful sex

A lot of women attribute painful intercourse to not enough lubrication, a partner whose member is too big, bad angles or just “normal sex stuff.” And since sex is usually still pleasurable even with a little pain involved, women try to ignore it.

What it could mean

Consistently painful sex can be the sign of a urinary tract infection or yeast infection, but it could also be a sign of something more serious called endometriosis. Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue that’s meant to be inside your uterus grows outside of it. When left untreated, this can cause fertility issues.

Difficulty catching your breath

If you just climbed some stairs or ran a mile, it’s normal to be out of breath. And as we get older, we usually attribute shortness of breath to our aging bodies.

What it could mean

If it’s taking you an unusually long time to catch your breath after exercise, and you feel nauseous and dizzy, these could be signs of a cardiac event. See a doctor right away.


Stomach aches

Women have a lot of sensitive plumbing around and under our abdomen. For this reason, you might disregard it if you have stomachaches every day. You assume it’s a premenstrual thing, maybe you ate too much, or you ate something you shouldn’t have.

What it could mean

Occasional bloating and stomach aches are going to happen, but you shouldn’t be experiencing these every day. Chronic stomach pains, especially ones that keep coming up in the same area, can be signs of an ulcer. If you still have your appendix, they could also be signs of appendicitis.

Terrible PMS

Do you get the worst mood swings, depression and anxiety on your period or right before it? You’ve been conditioned to believe this is normal, and to an extent it is.



What it could mean

Terrible mood swings aren’t necessarily indicative of a serious condition. However, you can do something about them. If your mood swings are affecting your relationships and your job, there are some very effective medicines your doctor can prescribe you that have few side effects.

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