Being a woman is as complex as it is beautiful. Our bodies are constantly at work; balancing hormones, maintaining our reproductive health and doing so many more amazing things we don’t even have to think about

When things aren’t going as they should, it’s easy to ignore it and put it down to simply having ‘women’s problems’, but sometimes ‘women’s problems’ need a medical solution.

Here are 5 ‘women’s problems’ you should never ignore.

Severe PMS and period pains

Mood-swings, craving, fatigue, bloating and the general meh feeling. It’s the most infamous time of the month and in the two weeks before aunty flow comes for her monthly visit life can get pretty weird.

While slight changes in your mood and energy levels could just be a change in your hormone levels, severe changes like the feelings of depression, disruptive fatigue and unbearable pain you should see a doctor.

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Extreme PMS and period pains could be a sign of hormonal imbalance or reproductive issues like endometriosis, fibroids and other medical conditions that need more attention than just pain killers and a nap.

My periods are irregular – is this menopause?

Probably only if you’re approaching 50. Menopause is a reality between 45 and 55, but irregular periods can happen long before that – almost at any age. Irregular periods (oligomenorrhea) can happen when your body experiences hormonal imbalances and changes in hormone levels (like when taking contraceptives or falling pregnant).

But new research suggests that stress, pollution and environmental damages trigger a cascade of damage inside the body that has a devastating effect on your sex organs, suppressing your body’s production of the vital sex hormone estrogen. Scientists believe that this is the reason behind more and more women showing symptoms of hormonal changes earlier in life.

Vaginal dryness and pain during sex

A strange and dangerous idea that sex should be painful for women or that a dry vagina increases pleasure for your partner can lead to a loss of interest in sex and also cause injury.

Although hormonal changes, medication and soaps can cause vaginal dryness, it could also be a sign of illness. After eliminating common causes of vaginal dryness, see a doctor if the condition persists.

Painful sex is never normal. You should always investigate the cause and see a doctor if necessary.

Related:I’m struggling with sexual self-confidence – How can I initiate more intimacy with my hubby?

Body odour

Face crumbling body odour is either a sign of bad hygiene or bad health. While a change in lifestyle, diet and the balance of your hormones can change how your body smells, unbearable body odour doesn’t just affect your confidence but could be a sign that you need to seek medical attention.

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A change in the texture of your breasts

Like many other changes in our bodies, changes in the balance of your hormones can change the texture of your breasts. This happens commonly in pregnant women and as you go through your ovulation cycle.

Examining your breasts regularly will give you an idea of what is normal for your breast so you can recognise abnormalities and lumps developing and seek medical attention when you need it.

Related: Breast cancer: Let’s get real about breast self-exams

Over the counter medications

If your ‘women’s problems’ are just that your body is changing to serve its many functions, then over the counter medications to can help make the less pleasant changes more bearable.

Oxidative stress caused by unhealthy foods and an unhealthy environment may also contribute to your discomfort. Lamelle Research Laboratories understands how oxidative stress impacts a woman’s sexual drive, desire, function and satisfaction.

Lady Prelox is an all-natural supplement made with a patented formula that improves sensual pleasure, desire and comfort.: Lady Prelox is clinically proven to boost sexual function and satisfaction in women between 37 and 45 by 88% within one month (up to 126% in two months). It’s even proven to boost sexual satisfaction in menopausal (45–55) and even post-menopausal (50+) women by 60% and more.

While All4Women endeavours to ensure health articles are based on scientific research, health articles should not be considered as a replacement for professional medical advice. Should you have concerns related to this content, it is advised that you discuss them with your personal healthcare provider.