Every woman is unique and every woman will suffer from some form of illness in her life. The problem is, women are often so preoccupied with taking care of others that their own health takes a backseat. Similarly, contrary to popular belief, women aren’t good at talking to each other about their health problems. Many women find health problems embarrassing and do what they can to cover them up. So, to encourage each other to start opening up, here are five ailments you may have in common with the woman sat next to you.
Women are at the same level of risk of heart disease as men. The difference is, women often take longer to diagnose because heart disease manifests itself in different ways in women. Many women are misdiagnosed and sent away with medications that won’t solve the problem. You could be at risk of heart disease if you’re overweight, have diabetes or high blood pressure or you’re under a lot of stress. If you notice any symptoms of heart disease and you’re already at high risk, ask your doctor to examine you for heart disease, and don’t take no for an answer.
Thankfully, because of breast cancer research, the amount of women that die from the condition has been reduced to 1% throughout the world. However, there are still so many women who miss the symptoms, like small lumps in one breast, because the disease can be so easy to ignore. Cancer research centers are making a big deal about women being able to check their own breasts and not being afraid to talk about personal health issues with other women or medical practitioners. You can find out how to check yourself here.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is another condition affecting millions of women but rarely spoken about. Some of the symptoms include weight gain, facial hair growth and unpredictable menstrual cycles. PCOS can be diagnosed at a fertility clinic, usually with the use of medical equipment that can be found at foremostequipment.com. Many women with PCOS have difficulty in becoming pregnant and often need to seek fertility treatment. A huge 10% of women could have the condition but it’s rarely brought up in conversation.
Osteoporosis is a condition that affects the health of the bones. The strength of the bones becomes so brittle that fractures and breakages become far more likely. Elderly women are at far more risk of developing the condition, but it can also occur if you have a small frame, have consumed a lot of alcohol in the past few years or you have a low calcium diet.
It may shock you to find out that depression affects women twice as much as men. This can be due to hormonal changes during and post pregnancy, as well as lifestyle factors. If you’re feeling low because of something that has happened in your life, it’s so important to get the help you need. If you don’t want to talk to people you know, why not contact a depression helpline instead?