Ladies, because our bodies can change a lot over the years, often, we miss taking a hint the body is telling us. What we thinking as normal may actually be a sign of something more sinister. It may even require further investigation with a doctor.
The question is, how do you know that the changes in your body are okay? Perhaps the following may help you figure it out.
1. Hair Loss and Growth
Contrary to what most people think, hair loss is normal. In fact, don’t be surprised if you lose 100 strands a day (although who’s counting, right?).
If you have just given birth, you may find losing even more, such as up to 300 strands. This is because of fluctuating hormones. A few months after the baby is born, your estrogen levels drop, so the hair cycle responsible for shedding speeds up.
You need to pay more attention if you notice that your front hair is receding or the volume is getting thinner that bald spots begin to appear.
You have many options to minimize hair thinning, including using natural anti hair fall shampoo. Still, youmight also want to see your doctor because the issue may be due to conditions like alopecia. Excessive hair loss is also one of the common symptoms of thyroid disorders.
How about excessive hair growth? Both men and women can have hair all over their bodies. However, hair strands found in women are often fine. They also grow more slowly.
Certain conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) can promote hirsutism or too much hair growth because of higher testosterone levels. When this happens, you may notice the strands to be thicker and coarser, particularly in areas such as the chest, face, arms, and legs.
2. Fatigue or Exhaustion
With all the responsibilities you juggle every day, exhaustion and fatigue may be a normal part of your life. This can be considered normal (although you still need to improve your lifestyle to stay healthy), especially if you lack a lot of sleep.
But if you can get 7 to 8 hours of sleep a day and still struggle to get out of bed or find yourself making nth cups of coffee, your fatigue may be caused by something else. One of the possible culprits is hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism is a thyroid disorder that affects one in every eight women in their lifetime. It is characterized by the underproduction of thyroid hormones that play a huge part in energy regulation and metabolism.
Another potential reason is insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas. It is responsible for delivering blood sugar or glucose to cells, which then use it for fuel or energy.
When a woman is insulin resistant, it means that the cells are less sensitive to the hormone. To compensate, the pancreas produces more of it while glucose levels continue to increase.
Women with PCOS are more likely to be insulin resistant even if their glucose levels appear normal in tests. Further, many studies found an association between PCOS and hypothyroidism, including Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease. This thyroid disorder may also trigger PCOS symptoms.
3. Menstrual Bleeding-or the Lack of It
The average menstrual cycle is 28 days. However, it can still vary among women. For some, it may be longer, spanning over 30 days. For others, it can be shorter, like 21 days. The most important things to remember are the following:
- Your menstrual cycle is consistent.
- You may have periods of heavy bleeding, and you may be passing blood clots. But this usually happens during the early days of your menstruation. As the days progress, you must be bleeding less.
- Normal bleeding is when you’re changing your pads every four hours, depending on the volume. If you’re using tampons, you usually need new ones every two hours.
- Menstrual cramping is also normal because prostaglandins, which cause the uterus to contract, rise. But their levels also go down as your menstrual phase rolls on.
Thus, if you suffer from heavy bleeding that you feel you’re about to pass out, significant cramping that it interrupts or regular activities, any changes in your menstruation (menstrual cycles are getting longer or shorter), really big clots, and bleeding in between menstrual cycles, you may want to see your gynecologist as soon as possible.
Many of the women-related conditions, including the ones listed above, are treatable, manageable, or even curable. However, timing is important.
Be your own advocate. Pay attention to the changes in your body and see a doctor if you believe something is amiss. The sooner you can get yourself checked, the less likely the underlying cause worsens and causes more health problems.