For us girls, health is one of our number one priorities. We all aim for a healthy life, one in which we are as fit as possible and rarely suffer from any ailments. However, even though we are all striving for this perfect life, few of us rarely speak to one another about common health complaints and illnesses. This needs to change soon, as chatting to each other about symptoms can help lead to more women getting an early diagnosis for some very common problems. Here are the most common female health issues, and what you can do about them.
Even though Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) isn’t life-threatening, it is important to get it diagnosed as it can lead to fertility problems. There are three main symptoms that are signs of this condition: Irregular periods, excess facial and body hair, and weight gain. Unfortunately, there is no cure for PCOS, but many women are able to live with and control the symptoms. Losing weight can help to reduce most of the other symptoms, such as oily skin. If a woman’s PCOS affects her fertility, health professionals can help recommend certain fertility treatments.
Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue that is usually found in the lining of the womb is found elsewhere in the body. More often than not, this excess tissue is found in the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and bladder. Usually, women are diagnosed between the ages of 25 and 40. As this is a chronic condition, there is no known cure, and sufferers will have to learn how to control the symptoms which include painful periods, lower abdomen pain, and pain during and after sex. Sometimes, surgery can remove excess tissue which can help to reduce the symptoms.
Sexually Transmitted Infections
As the name suggests, sexually transmitted infections are transmitted during sexual contact. There are certain ways you can reduce your chances of getting infected, such as using condoms during sex and sticking to one sexual partner at a time. If you think that you may have caught an STI, you should speak to your doctor as soon as possible. Asking about various other preventative methods is also advisable as healthcare professionals will have plenty of literature on this subject.
Many people associate heart disease with men and think of it as a big problem just with unhealthy males. However, it also affects a large number of women as well. And, as many women think that it is only men who are at risk, hardly any women see their doctor when they are showing symptoms. It is important that you visit your doctor as soon as you notice even just a few symptoms. These could include chest pains, nausea, and a pain in one of both arms. Your doctor will the be able to check your body and provide you with any required medication.
So, ladies, don’t stay silent about your health worries. Open up and encourage other women to visit their doctors as well!