Symptoms of gallbladder problems in women are more likely to occur than they do in men, according to the American College of Gastroenterology, primarily because of the female hormones progesterone and estrogen. Women who have been pregnant, are on birth control pills, and/or hormone therapy (estrogen) are even more likely to develop gallstones and other symptoms.
The symptoms of gallbladder problems that are most common are:
- Pain in a woman’s gallbladder region: The gallbladder is located right below her liver, on the right side of her body half way between her throat and belly button. The pain be sharp and sudden, or a chronic ache.
- Pain in her abdomen: Though her gallbladder may be having problems, other parts of her abdomen may hurt as well. The pain can be continual or when she presses on different parts of her abdomen.
- Pain in her right shoulder blade: Gallbladder pain can be felt in her right shoulder blade.
- Jaundice: The whites of her eyes or skin can become slightly yellow, or jaundiced.
- Bloating, gas, or different looking stool: If her gallbladder isn’t working right, it can affect the rest of her digestive tract.
- Fever, nausea, and vomiting: While these symptoms can indicate other health issues, they are also tied to gallbladder problems.
There are many different symptoms of gallbladder issues and each type of problem has different symptoms associated it with it. Please read about different types of gallbladder disease to see which symptoms are tied to each gallbladder problem.
If you or a woman that you know has these symptoms, take a look at changing to a more healthy gallbladder diet, consider conducting gallbladder flushes, and learn some great recipes for a better gallbladder. Also, be sure to check out The Healthy Gallbladder Cookbook!