Women's Health Symptoms Guide

What Your Symptoms Might Mean

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Women have a number of unique health conditions that do not affect men. Then again, some universal medical conditions, such as heart attacks, may affect women differently than men. Here is your quick, one-stop resource for discovering what your women's health symptoms may indicate.

Women's Health Issues

  • Bacterial Vaginosis: Vaginal odor and discharge are a minor condition but it can be annoying. Find out more about the causes and how it can be treated.
  • Bleeding Disorders: What is abnormal uterine bleeding? Learn about the causes, when to consult your doctor, and how it may be treated.
  • Breast Cancer: Learn how to detect the symptoms you can see or feel. Also, educate yourself about the symptoms of advanced breast cancer, recurrence, and inflammatory breast cancer.
  • Cervical Cancer: Often you have no symptoms at all when a Pap smear discovers cervical cancer. However, there are symptoms that could indicate it's time for an exam.
  • Chlamydia: It's the most common sexually transmitted disease in the U.S., but it often has either no symptoms or mild symptoms. Learn what to look for.
  • Diabetes: Type 2 diabetes affects millions of women and can develop silently. Learn how it is detected, the risk factors, and what you can do to try and prevent it.
  • Dehydration: You can become dehydrated for many reasons, but it is important to recognize the symptoms early and take action.
  • Diverticulitis: This condition can cause abdominal pain and more. Learn about what can be done.
  • Ectopic Pregnancy: This dangerous condition can cause rupture. Learn to recognize the signs that it may happen.
  • Endometriosis: This condition of the uterus can cause pain and infertility.
  • Fibrocystic Breast Disease: Painful breasts with lumps are concerning and need to be checked. However, they may also be due to this benign condition.
  • Fibroid Tumors: These will often have no symptoms and can be found by a pelvic exam. Learn about symptoms and the typical treatments.
  • Gallbladder Disease and Gallstones: You can have several symptoms and eventually need surgery.
  • Genital Herpes: Learn about the symptoms that women experience, including the first genital herpes outbreak and recurrent ones.
  • Heart Attack: Women have different symptoms than men when it comes to angina and heart attack. It's important that you know what to look for.
  • High Blood Pressure: Learn about the dangers of high blood pressure and how it is diagnosed and treated.
  • Menopause: Is it hot in here or is it just you? Explore the common symptoms of perimenopause as well as serious or dangerous symptoms you should see a doctor about.
  • Miscarriage: Learn the five signs of miscarriage.
  • Ovarian Cancer: It is often a silent disease, but there can be signs of early and advanced ovarian tumors.
  • Ovarian Cysts: You may have no symptoms or vague ones. Either way, it's a good idea to know what to expect.
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID): Sexually transmitted diseases can cause this condition which can affect your fertility. It can be silent or cause pelvic pain and more symptoms.
  • Perimenopause: Your symptoms may be unique, but here are the most common ones that signal the change is coming.
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS): This complicated disorder can have symptoms including increased male hormone, menstrual signs, and more.
  • Pregnancy: Learn the 25 signs that you are pregnant.
  • Skin Cancer: Is that weird mole skin cancer? Here is what to look for.
  • Stroke: Recognize these 11 signs to get immediate treatment to prevent death and disability.
  • Toxic Shock Syndrome: This deadly condition needs to be recognized so you can get emergency treatment.
  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTI): Learn about the symptoms of lower UTI and upper UTI, as well as symptoms in the elderly and children.
  • Uterine Cancer: Vaginal bleeding after menopause or abnormal bleeding before menopause is the most common symptom. 
  • Yeast Infection: Vaginal itching, burning, and discharge are just a few symptoms you may experience.

A Word From Verywell

Educating yourself about your health is a good thing and there are many things to learn about women's health that you'll find useful throughout your life. However, self-diagnosis of symptoms should not replace a visit to your doctor. Additionally, if you are experiencing symptoms that raise an immediate concern, seek emergency medical help right away.