Regarding women’s health, the physiological differences between men and women have become more and more obvious in recent years. The way we treat men and women and diagnose certain conditions has been adapted due to gender. This knowledge means the different sexes are offered treatment better tailored to their specific needs.
We will cover some of the most important areas of women’s health in this article: diet, breast and ovarian cancer, heart disease, and reproductive health (Birth control).
It’s important to look at diet because over 50 per cent of the population is now overweight. That figure includes a big percentage of women that, in fact, are recognised as clinically obese. The consequences of this are huge. Some of today’s biggest killer diseases, such as heart failure and diabetes, are all directly linked to overeating and poor diet, as well as several other life-limiting conditions such as infertility and high blood pressure. Women of all ages need to eat as healthily as they can and take regular exercise.
There has been good news when it comes to female cancers, specifically breast cancer. Early detection and survival rates have improved dramatically over the last few years by up to 2%.
Ovarian cancer, however, has not had the same luck. Ovarian cancer is difficult to diagnose illness. Most women experience many of its symptoms every month without ever having anything wrong with them. However, those same symptoms can be a warning that ovarian cancer is present. So if you suffer from excessive gas, changes to your weight or a feeling of fullness in your pelvis, it’s wise to get checked out by your doctor to be sure.
Heart disease is actually modern societies biggest killer of women and men, but it is much more likely to kill a woman than a man; therefore, it is of utmost importance that women keep a careful eye on all heart disease triggers. As mentioned earlier, diet and exercise and, of course, not smoking play a massive part in combating this disease.
Women’s reproductive health has undergone some huge advances in recent years. There are new birth control pills on the market now that administer low doses of hormone over 84 days, which means a woman only bleeds 4 times a year compared to monthly. There is also the choice of either intramuscular injection or patch to prevent pregnancy.
Going to see the doctor is okay. However, sometimes women need a little more attention, a little more focus, a little more guidance and understanding. Here is where women’s health groups offer invaluable women’s health services