What are the causes of extreme fatigue in women?

Updated March 23, 2017

For some women fatigue is the result of hectic lifestyles, but for many women fatigue is a symptom of a medical condition. Fatigue is often difficult to treat, but it may be improved by establishing regular sleeping patterns.


Hematochromatosis is a type of liver disease that occurs when the iron accumulates in the liver. Symptoms of this condition include severe fatigue, arthritis, cirrhosis and greyish looking skin. Complications of this condition can be prevented with early treatment.


Anemia is a condition that occurs when there is an insufficient amount of red blood cells in the body. Symptoms of anaemia include fatigue, weakness and shortness of breath.

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is transmitted to humans via a tick bite. Lyme disease causes symptoms such as rash, fever, chills, fatigue, weakness, joint swelling and muscle aches.


Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes chronic body pain and fatigue. Fibromyalgia affects about 2 per cent of the population and is more likely to affect women.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition that may be diagnosed when individuals are easily fatigued by daily living activities. Individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome may also experience muscle pain, sore throat, concentration difficulties, intermittent joint pain and extreme exhaustion.

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Based in Laurel, Miss., Melody Morgan Hughes covers topics related to education, money and health. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English education from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master of Education from William Carey University and a Master of Education from Nova Southeastern University.