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4 Women’s Health Symptoms To Care For Immediately

As we age, our bodies change in different ways, and what is normal for one woman might not be for another. The key is knowing your body and paying attention to concerning changes. For example, did you know that your risk of heart disease and certain cancers skyrocket after40? Furthermore, some risks increase even more after 50. If you are concerned about any aspect of your health, speak to your doctor as soon as possible. In the meantime, check out these 4 women’s health symptoms to care for immediately.

Changes in Your Period

One of the most common concerns that women have is a sudden change in their period. Do know that most women experience variations in blood volume and consistency, especially as they approach perimenopause.  Though these changes don’t normally mean something is wrong, I recommend telling your doctor about anything significant. Flow change or excessive pain could signify a more severe condition, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or endometriosis. Additionally, if you are bleeding more than usual or having constant spotting between your periods, see your doctor.

Other changes in the frequency of your period could give cause for concern, such as missing your period or extreme irregularity. If this happens, it could be a sign of pregnancy. Also, missing your period could indicate an infection or an STI. Other reasons for missing a period include stress, weight loss, or taking certain medications.

Chest Pain

If you are experiencing ongoing chest pain or it stops but comes back, talk to your doctor or head to the ER to rule out serious causes. Though it might just be acid reflux or heartburn, it’s better to err on the side of caution. There are various causes of chest pain in women, including heart disease, lung disease, blood clots, blood vessel spasms, and even digestive problems. Chest pain can also occur in women with anxiety or stress. Some women with chest pain related to the heart will experience a stabbing sensation in their chest, while others will experience a dull ache or tingling that can affect the arm, neck, and upper back.

Breast Changes

women's health symptoms to care for immediatelyThough there are many women’s health symptoms to care for immediately, changes in the breasts are among the most pressing. Even if you don’t believe anything serious is happening, I recommend speaking to your doctor about changes. There are, of course, benign reasons you could be experiencing breast changes.  These include normal hormonal fluctuations, breastfeeding, aging, weight gain or loss, and even anxiety. Typically, breast changes like size, shape, pigmentation, and tenderness are nothing to be concerned about. Breast changes that are cause for concern include:

  • A lump or thickening of the skin on the breast or underarm area
  • Dimpling 
  • A change in the nipple or skin color
  • A change in the size or shape of one breast
  • Unexplainable pain
  • Nipple discharge

Loose or Painful Teeth Or Gums

Another health symptom that can plague women is loose or painful teeth and gums. This usually indicates some type of oral health problem, such as gingivitis, decay, or gum infection. Other causes of loose teeth and gums include stress, grinding teeth, and taking certain medications, like steroids. Things like cavities and dry mouth can also lead to pain and discomfort in the gums. As we age, calcium levels naturally decrease, leaving our bones and teeth at increased risk of becoming weaker. I recommend visiting a local dentist for an oral health checkup. Besides looking for dental issues, they can check for signs of other more serious conditions like oral cancers and signs of other types of infection.

It’s likely that if you take good care of yourself and go for your health and dental screenings regularly, issues like these won’t be present. That said, if you are concerned about these or other symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor. The truth is, our bodies change as we age and enter various seasons like menopause. There is no shame in seeking medical advice for anything you don’t understand or are concerned about. 

**** This post is strictly informational and is not meant to replace the advice of your healthcare provider. Women’s lifelink, its owners, administrators, contributors, affiliates, vendors, authors, and editors do not claim that this information will diagnose, treat, or improve any condition or disease.

 

About Kellie R. Stone

"I make no excuses for my diverse roles as a Rock Your Feminine Type Coach™ and Branding Expert, best-selling author, and crime thriller novelist. Yes, I do still chuckle a bit at the irony. I kick ass as a women’s biz coach by day and kill off vulnerable fiction characters at night. What the hell, it makes for some interesting dreams. I believe that everyone should pursue their passions no matter how out there they seem to be. One of those pure heart-fluttering passions for me has always been writing. Since I did, indeed, chase my dream of being a writer, I've published two non-fiction books in the self-development genre, co-authored an international best seller, and now I'm finally pushing my much-too-old-to-be-in-the-nest novel out the door and into the world. My whole world is empowering and I adore showing others how to live life unfiltered, whether I do that through the written word or my coaching work. I love my job!" ~Kellie R. Stone

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