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.
Bright Side put together 8 unobvious signs pointing to serious health issues women shouldn’t ignore.
8. Your belly is bloated.
For some women, bloating is a normal part of their monthly period. But if you aren’t prone to bloating and you’ve been experiencing it for more than 2 weeks, this may be the first sign that there is something out of balance with your body.
In the case of endometriosis, your belly can simply swell on any given day and get worse as the day goes on. “Endo belly” is usually unpredictable — bloating can stay with you for days and even weeks or disappear after a couple of hours. Besides that, constant bloating could be a sign of breast or ovarian cancer.
7. There are pimples on your chin.
About 2 weeks before menstruation, your body increases estrogen and progesterone. Because of this change in hormone levels, you may experience an acne breakout on your chin that should go away after some time.
However, if you consistently have pimples on your jaw or chin, it might mean that your hormones are out of whack and you need to see a doctor before it’s too late.