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Womens Ailments

Women’s ailments and health issues are manifold. With time and age, a woman’s health concerns may keep changing or a certain health problem may worsen or disappear completely. It is mainly after advent of adolescence that medical complications crop up. However, it is not necessary that every woman suffers from ailments and diseases.

The main women’s problems linked with their health are heart disease, cancer, strokes, lower respiratory diseases and disorders, osteoporosis, Depression and autoimmune diseases. Heart diseases are as life-threatening to a woman as they are to a man.

High blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, excessive anxiety and stress are some of the major factors that play an important role in heart diseases. Women are also prone to different kinds of cancer and they are specific to women such as breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Women are also prone to lung, skin and colorectal cancers. Women are also more susceptible to depression than men. Hormonal changes, chronic illnesses, family history of depression, marital problems, being overly stressed or anxious, drug abuse or a traumatic event are some of the reasons of depression in women. One of the major women’s antenatal ailments is postpartum depression. Other complications after birth include eclampsia, pre-eclampsia and UTI or Urinary Tract Infection. Women are also more prone to autoimmune diseases than men. These diseases cause disorders in the functioning of the immune system.

Fortunately, women’s ailments cures can be easily found. Making dietary and lifestyle changes are the first steps to cure an ailment or prevent a health problem. A healthy well-balanced diet must necessarily be followed by women. Depending on the nature of the underlying health condition she is suffering from she should alter her diet accordingly. If she is a smoker or a regular drinker, she must give up tobacco and alcohol. Alcohol shoots up the blood pressure which is not good for the heart. Similarly, tobacco can cause cancer. Regular exercise is also vital for the proper functioning of the body. Osteoporosis can also be prevented by keeping the bones healthy. Adequate calcium intake is important to either prevent or cure this disease. Depression can also be cured either via counseling, medication and simple steps such as engaging in a community activity or a sport. It is important for a woman to get regular medical check-ups done. She must also be proactive and find out about a history of diseases in her family to be aware of the risks of developing a disease.

Women’s diseases can also be related to the reproductive system. The onset of these problems is at puberty. Amnorrhea or the absence of menstruation, dysmenorrhea or painful menstruation, menorrhagia or excessive bleeding during periods and polycystic ovary syndrome PCOS are problems affecting many women. Many of these are caused by hormonal dysfunction and imbalance. More so, women are also more likely to suffer from infections such as the Urinary Tract Infection and infections in the vagina.

Lastly, there is menopause. It is not an ailment as such but is often accompanied by many complications. Menopause is referred to as the stopping of the menstrual cycle. A woman after menopause is no longer in her reproductive. The onset of menopause begins around the age of 50. However, its onset varies from woman to woman and so does its duration. During menopause, the woman is mentally and physically fatigued. She may suffer from aches and pain. During this stage the woman may either gain weight or lose weight. She suffers from joint pain as well. Mood swings are also not uncommon.
It is extremely essential that women are attuned to their bodily rhythms. This enables them to notice and rectify anything unusual. Unusual aches and pains must not be ignored; they must be brought to the attention of your health care professional immediately.

Submitted on May 4, 2011