Thursday, April 18, 2024

3 Most Common Women’s Health Issues To Be Aware Of

Although there are plenty of health conditions that affect both men and women, there are some that only affect women, or that women are more susceptible to, at least, and it’s a good idea to know more about them so you can look out for the symptoms and take care of your health by seeing a doctor as soon as you notice something’s amiss. With that in mind, here are some of the many women’s health issues to be aware of. 

1. Reproductive Health 

Reproductive health is a good place to start as it includes many different potential health issues and conditions to be aware of as a woman. Some reproductive health issues to watch out for include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, fibroids, fertility, menopause, and ovarian cancer – and that’s just a few. 

If you are aware of your body when it’s healthy you’ll have a baseline that allows you to quickly be able to spot when something’s wrong. When you know what ovarian cancer symptoms and signs to look for , what the symptoms of menopause are, or what PCOS can do to your body, you’ll know when to get help right away. 

2. Breast Health 

Although it’s not impossible for men to develop breast cancer, it’s much more likely for a woman to have this condition, and in fact, breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in women around the world. 

Because it’s such a common condition, there’s a lot that can be done to help anyone who has it, but the key is to know you have it, and early detection is the best thing of all. That’s why you should learn how to do your own breast exams, and do them regularly at home; if you notice anything like a lump, swelling, redness, tenderness, or any change in the size or shape of the breast, contact a doctor right away. Once you reach a certain age, you’ll also be invited to have regular mammograms, and it’s wise to go to your appointment and not skip it. 

3. Heart Disease 

Heart disease seems to have a reputation for being something men tend to develop. Still, although that is the prevailing wisdom, the fact is that women can suffer from heart disease, and it’s the biggest cause of death in women every year. 

Read more: The Ultimate Guide to Improving Your Cardiovascular Health

The issue is that women often experience different symptoms than men, so it’s not as easy to spot – rather than chest pain or tightness in the chest, women might instead feel nausea, constant tiredness, and shortness of breath, meaning you might not link the problems to your heart. That’s why it’s vital to see a health professional no matter what symptoms you might be feeling because there could be a serious underlying cause, and it’s better to find out and start treatment than to ignore it and let it get worse.

Kellie Kearney
Kellie Kearney
Hi! I'm Kellie, a mammy of six vibrant youngsters. Juggling the roles of stay-at-home parent, I share honest stories and parenting fails. You'll often find me as a mum bun wearer, professional cake eater, and also a coffee lover. My typical day involves navigating through parenting challenges, whether it's enticing my little ones with a tempting custard cream, googling our next adventure, or eagerly awaiting Joe's return home. Join me on this rollercoaster journey of love, chaos, and laughter!

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