This medical condition is also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and is a chronic medical condition. A person gets acid reflux when the liquid content in their stomach leaks back into their esophagus. These contents usually contain stomach acid and when it touches your esophagus lining it can cause heartburn. This is like having the feeling of a burning sensation in your throat or chest. Although both women and men suffer from acid reflux disease research shows that there are more men than women who suffer from acid reflux disease. The reasons are that a man’s habits and lifestyle like consuming alcohol and smoking make a man more susceptible to suffering from acid reflux.
Acid reflux symptoms in women, both pregnant and non-pregnant women
The acid reflux symptoms that a pregnant and non-pregnant woman have are basically the same symptoms. During pregnancy some women experience acid reflux or heartburn for the first time when they become pregnant. When a woman is pregnant and has acid reflux it can be worse in the second or third trimester because as the baby grows they are taking up the biggest part of your abdomen and as a result the stomach acids are pushed back up towards your esophagus. The acid reflux a pregnant woman experiences is not as severe in the first trimester as it is in the last two trimesters. A pregnant woman is more apt at experiencing these symptoms when bending over, lying down on her back, or after eating a heavy meal.
Some of the acid reflux symptoms that a pregnant and non-pregnant woman night experience can include:
- Heartburn—this is a burning sensation in the middle of your chest. It is caused by the stomach acids that have entered your esophagus. You may also feel this burning sensation in the back of your throat or in your stomach.
- Regurgitation—this is the back flow of your stomach acids from your stomach to your esophagus. These stomach acids can also flow back into your mouth and throat leaving a bad smell and a sour or bitter taste in your mouth
- Finding it difficult to swallow—this is a very uncomfortable symptom in women who are pregnant and is caused by your stomach acids. When a pregnant woman has this symptom it can be due to having the presence of these stomach acids already in their throat or esophagus.
- Vomiting and nausea—when a pregnant woman regurgitates the stomach acid it can also cause nausea and vomiting but not all pregnant women experiences this symptom.
- Cough and sore throat—this symptom is normally associated with acid reflux that is severe. When undigested foods and stomach acids enter your throat it can feel scratchy and sore. It can also lead to coughing and hoarseness.
Acid reflux symptoms in men
When men are suffering from acid reflux they do have some of the same symptoms as women but how it makes a man feel may be different than how it makes a woman feel with the same symptoms.
- Heartburn—in a man the pain that he might feel is a sharp burning sensation that is felt in their chest. The pain feels as if it is coming from the base of their throat to the end of their breast bone. In men, it can be aggravated with lying flat, eating, bending, and sleeping. It can feel like a stabbing pain in your chest if it becomes serious.
- Difficulty in swallowing—if you are suffering from acid reflux and try to swallow some food you may experience chest and throat pain. You may also feel as if you have food stuck in your chest.
- Dyspepsia—this is a condition/symptom that may report as an uncomfortable feeling in your stomach along with a sense of fullness. It is often accompanied by burping, causing a person to lose interest in eating anything. After eating they may even feel nauseous.
- Pain in the abdomen—the intensity of the pain that is due to acid reflux can vary with it being mild and gets better on its own or it could cause you to have the feeling of having a very badly pulled muscle in your stomach.