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What may cause fatigue in women

Updated: Feb 8

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Fatigue in women can be caused by a variety of factors, both physical and psychological.

Some common causes include:

1. Hormonal changes: Fluctuations in hormone levels, such as during menstruation, pregnancy, or menopause, can lead to fatigue.

2. Anemia: Iron deficiency anemia, a common condition in women, can cause fatigue due to a lack of red blood cells to carry oxygen to tissues.

3. Thyroid disorders: Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) or hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) can cause fatigue as they affect metabolism and energy levels.

4. Chronic diseases: Conditions like diabetes, autoimmune disorders, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome can all contribute to persistent fatigue.

5. Sleep disturbances: Insomnia, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, or simply poor sleep quality can lead to daytime fatigue.

6. Stress and mental health issues: Anxiety, depression, or chronic stress can all contribute to feelings of exhaustion and fatigue.

7. Nutritional deficiencies: Inadequate intake of essential nutrients, such as vitamin D, vitamin B12, or magnesium, can lead to fatigue.

8. Poor diet and hydration: Lack of proper nutrition and hydration can leave the body lacking in energy.

9. Physical inactivity: Sedentary lifestyles can lead to decreased energy levels and increased fatigue.

10. Medications: Certain medications, such as antidepressants, antihistamines, or blood pressure medications, can cause fatigue as a side effect.

It's important to consult with a healthcare professional if you're experiencing persistent fatigue to determine the underlying cause and appropriate treatment.

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