Women’s bodies are always changing, which is why sometimes it’s really hard for them to identify problems in the early stages. In fact, the average woman waits about 13 weeks before visiting a doctor after first experiencing symptoms of a serious disease. However, if you pay close attention to even the slightest changes in your body, you’ll be able to maintain your physical health and prevent future problems.
We put together 41 signs pointing to serious health issues women shouldn’t ignore.
You feel pain when working out.
If you frequently have pain in the pelvic region when you’re running, walking, and even standing for a long time, this could mean that your endometrium, the inner layer of your uterus, grows outside of where it’s supposed to. In this case, foreign endometrial cells and scarring are binding your internal organs together, causing pain and the inability to exercise.
You experience lower back and leg pain.
Lower back pain is pretty common during a woman’s monthly period, so it can be considered normal. However, if you suffer from pain in your lower back and shoulders before, during, and after your menstruation along with muscle tension in these areas, you probably have endometriosis.
Other common symptoms of endometriosis are numbness, a tingling sensation, and pain in your legs. This kind of pain may spread out over one or both of your legs and get worse before your period.
There are blood clots in your period.
Everyone’s period is different — it can be lighter, darker, heavier, and so on. And it’s absolutely okay if you notice a clot or 2 every once in a while. However, if your blood turns dark and the clots are consistent and huge in size, this could be a sign that you have uterine fibroids. These non-cancerous growths in your uterus can cause abnormal bleeding and even bladder issues.