Common women's health concerns

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What you should know

Women have unique health risks. Some conditions, like heart disease and depression, affect women differently than men. Learning about these conditions can help you take action and work more closely with your care team.

At Kaiser Permanente, all your care is connected. Your primary care doctor will work together with you — and the rest of your care team — to diagnose conditions that affect your overall health and wellness and coordinate all aspects of your medical care.

Common symptoms

When you're busy, it can be easy to think something that's bothering you isn't a big deal. But there are signs and symptoms that you should not ignore.

Use our symptom checker to learn what symptoms mean and when you should contact your doctor. A checkup can catch a serious problem early, when it's easy to treat.

You can also talk to an advice nurse by calling the advice telephone number listed in our location finder.

Abdominal pain/cramping
Alopecia (hair loss)
Headache pain
Missed or irregular periods
Pain when urinating
Skin changes (bumps, spots, growths, and moles)
Sore throat

Conditions you should know about

Are you working with your doctor to manage a medical condition? Do certain conditions run in your family? Find out more about these common conditions.

If you don't see what you're looking for, you can search for conditions and diseases, or check out common reproductive and sexual health conditions.

Bones, joints, and muscles


Mental health

Dementia (Alzheimer's disease)
Postpartum depression

Reproductive and sexual health

Reproductive and sexual health conditions

Thyroid problems

Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)

Other health problems

Anemia (iron deficiency)
Domestic violence
Flu and pneumonia

Reviewed by: Juanita Watts, MD, April 2016

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© 2016 Kaiser Permanente

Reviewed by: Jennifer Seidel, MD, December 2018