The specific cause of the 'woman cold' is unknown, but it is generally the fault of the nearest man.
The illness tends to confound and baffle other men seeking a cure or treatment.
Synonyms: selective illness, selective symptoms
Antonyms: flu, pneumonia
<Woman's name> suffered a bad sore throat and clammy skin when she developed a woman cold, and she could not deliver the financial report for her office and the essay for her continuing education class. She suspected that the illness was related to the dessert spoon that she shared with her husband, but she gave no complaints. She valiantly struggled to fold the laundry and clean the dishes while soothing herself with hot tea. She needed her husband to take the kids to daycare and pick them up, but she refused his offer to take her to the doctor. Her symptoms quickly subsided when her coworkers scheduled a wine-tasting at the end of the day and she felt strong enough to attend the event.