While both men and women share similar health concerns, some issues threaten women’s health. Given male and female biological differences, some health concerns like heart attacks and depression are deeper in women than in men. As the year ends, we are looking at a list of women’s health issues that affect women globally.
During puberty, girls gradually become women and experience different physical and mental issues, becoming life-threatening if left undiagnosed. But here is the positive twist: these conditions can be treated or managed correctly depending on the issue and how early it was detected.
Here are 7 women’s health issues you should watch out for…
#1. Reproductive/Sexual issues
According to the World Health Organization, “Sexual and reproductive health problems are responsible for one-third of health issues for women between 15 and 44 years.” Putting these figures into account, unprotected sex should be far from your tent. That’s the primary mode of transmission for sexually transmitted diseases, obviously. Hygiene and Routine checkups also help stay healthy.
Honestly, cancer needs an article by itself. The ferocious manner with which it claims the lives of innocent women is simply disheartening. Topping the list is breast and cervical cancer, of which the mortality rate is alarming. When it comes to women’s health issues, cancer should be declared a state of emergency. The best solution to cancer-related issues is early detection and treatment. It’s understandable to feel disheartened and choose to be in denial, but the earlier treatment commences, the higher the chances of beating cancer.
#3. Maternal health
This particular threat to women’s health must be one of the most painful. With proper knowledge of family planning, healthy dieting, maternal healthcare, and basic facilities for childbirth, maternal mortality cases would be drastically reduced. Yet, many deaths and complications in pregnancy and childbirth are avoidable. The antidote is to equip yourself with knowledge and demand the best care from your healthcare providers.
#4. Cardiovascular diseases
Heart diseases and stroke are responsible for the death of at least 1 in 3 women, and that’s an alarming statistic. The more you make it a point of duty to know about your heart’s health, the higher the chances of preventing/surviving cardiovascular diseases. If you experience persistent jaw and chest pain, high blood pressure, dizziness, abnormal sweating, cardiac arrest, or any unusual symptom, ensure you book an appointment with your doctor ASAP. Even if you do not experience these symptoms, you will benefit from routine checks.
#5. Mental health issues
In recent years, depression and suicide have been a leading threat to women’s health and life. More awareness about mental health and sensitizing messages should flood the media to encourage women to take charge of their mental health. What can you do? Improve your knowledge of mental health, and do not shy away from asking for help if you notice any mental health concerns.
#6. Bone health issues
Bone conditions like osteoporosis become a source of women’s health concerns from age 30 and above. This is because, after this age, new bones stop developing, and the body is more focused on repairing already existing ones. At this stage, without proper care of our bones, they start to deteriorate, leading to arthritis and calcium-deficient illnesses. Sometimes, these lead to waist, joints, and back pain, especially after childbirth. The solution? Go for annual checkups and consume foods high in calcium and vitamin D, or take these vitamins in supplements. Foods such as milk, green leafy vegetables, and nuts are good sources of calcium. Few foods naturally contain vitamin D. The flesh of fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel, and fish liver oils are among the best sources of vitamin D.
This might sound over-flogged, but it cannot be over-emphasized. Violence and abuse are significant threats to women’s health, both physically and mentally. If you are in an abusive relationship or toxic environment, we advise you to seek help. It is definitely a big deal to force yourself out of the inertia of abuse, but reaching out and accepting help is a step in the right direction. Women exposed to consistent violence are at higher risk of heart diseases and mental illnesses.
A total lifestyle change: Eat healthy, exercise, reduce stress, cut down on alcohol, quit smoking. Go on routine check-ups: Our bodies require more deliberate attention as we get older. Don’t wait for a symptom to deteriorate before checking into the hospital. Early detection saves lives.
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