While many conditions, such as heart disease, have no gender bias, some health concerns are specific to women, and it’s no surprise that many of these center around reproductive health. A woman’s gynecological health includes such conditions as menstrual irregularities, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and polycystic ovary syndrome, each of which can interfere with the ability to conceive.
The unique physiology of the female reproductive system also leads to other disorders or conditions that are “women only,” such as ovarian and cervical cancer and pelvic floor issues. Pregnancy is its own process, and subject to health conditions that may not be experienced at any other time in life.
While hormone imbalances affect men as well, the wide swings in hormone production, including the reduction in estrogen that accompanies menopause, mean that women may deal with hormonal conditions throughout their lives. Statistically, women are also at greater risk of depression than men.
Often, minor changes to lifestyle produce big results when it comes to hormonal balance. Healthy eating and regular exercise often restore a woman’s body to a more even and controlled condition.
When menopause hits, it’s a natural part of life that produces some very unnatural symptoms, and nearly every woman has her own physiological response. Typical symptoms include hot flashes, fatigue, and changes to the vagina, including dryness and discomfort during sex.
Hormone replacement therapy remains the most effective way to treat many of these symptoms, particularly hot flashes, which are a major complaint for many women. Curiously, some antidepressants relieve menopause symptoms for some women, even when they’re not depressed.
For women of childbearing years, taking birth control pills can help balance hormone levels, reducing the severity of menstrual cramping and other issues related to the menstrual cycle.
Wellness exams are an important part of staying on top of your good health. The physicians at Suburban Healthcare Associates offer wellness exams and refer you to other medical professionals when necessary, such as for psychological counseling for depression, bone density measurement, or mammography.