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Women’s Health

whywomenhealthmatters

Why Women’s Health Matters

When we talk about women’s health, we do not intent to separate women’
health issues from men’s health issues. The idea, however is to
acknowledged that there are biological factors that matter and they
need to be addressed separately.

Women and men share many similar health problems, but women also have their
own health issues, which deserve special consideration.

Unfortunately, most of the medical researches about health have been based on male
health, using men as a model. While this does not completely create negative results,
research on men only could signal to some solutions no suitable for women.

Since women are biologically different from men, it is necessary to create
a medical environment in which those medical researches could include
typical characteristics found only in women.

 

Women’s health matters because a large portion of medical conditions, even
when they’re common in both genders, must be treated differently in women,
due to their biological nature.

Men and women are alike in a lot of ways. Nevertheless, there are some important
differences between the two genders. These differences manifest themselves in
a variety of physical issues and pathophysiological issues. Therefore, we can not
use a “one size fits all” approach to deal with women’s health. Because they are
different than men in many ways.

So, we are going to approach this topic from a woman’s point of view.
It is to say: we’ll look at women body’s reactions when facing
the same medical condition as it happens on men.

Women’s metabolism is completely different from men’s;
therefore, it is essential that women be well-informed about the kinds and correct
dosages of any drugs they are taking.

Drinking or smoking excessively can pose serious health issues in women as
well as in men. However, the amount of drinks or smoke needed to
cause health issues, are smaller in women than in men. Women’s
tolerance to these substances are lesser than men’s tolerance.

Women who drinks or smoke are more susceptible to develop cancer or heart
disease than men who drink and smoke.

Women metabolize a number of drugs differently than men. In some cases and for
some medications, the rate of metabolism could be slower or faster in women than in men.

Women’s Health Issues Similar to Men’s

Many diseases affect both women and men alike, but some diseases occur at
a higher frequency in women. Take for example headache; migraine headache
affect more women than men in a ratio of three females to one male.

Estrogen is the main female sexual hormone, which is responsible for the
regulation and development of the female reproductive system, and estrogen
levels are the main factors of migraine in women.
There is enough evidence to confirm that.

Migraine is common immediately after a pregnant woman gives
birth as estrogen levels fall. Migraine typically decreases during
the second and third trimesters of pregnancy when estrogen
levels are high.

While women are twice as likely to suffer from migraines as men, new
research suggests that elevated levels of the female sex hormone
estrogen may play a role in why men get migraines. This hormone plays an
equally important role in causing migraine among men.

Women’s Health- Hypertension

High blood pressure affects men and women differently. When it comes to
hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, one should be
aware of some differences between men and women.

One common misconception is that high blood pressure or
hypertension rarely affects women. However, nearly half of all adults
with high blood pressure are women. And at the age of 65 and older, women
are more likely than men to get high blood pressure.

This simple fact indicates that there should be more research on
women’s health, since there is a significant evidence that hypertension
must be treated differently in women than the research done based on men group.

Another very popular common illness that affect women and men alike is
diabetes. Diabetes affects women and men in almost equal numbers. However, diabetes
affects women differently than men.

Women’s Health- How does Diabetes Affect Women.

Compared with men with diabetes, women with diabetes have:

  • A higher risk for blindness than men. Also, a higher risk for heart disease.
  • Heart disease is the most common complication of diabetes
    for women
  • Lower survival rates and a poorer quality of life after heart attack.
  • A higher risk for depression. Depression, which affects twice as many
    women as men, also raises the risk for diabetes in women.

Women’s Health- Bladder Infection

Even though men and women can both get bladder infection, about 90% of
bladder infections occurs in women. Typically, this infection is more annoying
than posing a health risk; however, It could be very uncomfortable at
times.

The urinary bladder is a hollow muscular organ in humans and some other
animals that collects and stores urine from the kidneys before disposal by
urination.

One of the main reason that Bladder infections occur is when the
bacteria e.coli (Escherichia coli) gets into the bladder through the urethra,
which is the duct that conveyed the urine out from the body.

The e.coli bacteria lives in your skin and intestines and is usually not a
problem. But if they get in your bladder, they cause infections.

It is easy to see why this type of infection occur more frequently in
women than men. A woman’s urethra is shorter than man’s and
it’s close to the vagina and anus, where bacteria live abundantly.

It is very easy for the bacteria to enter into the bladder via the urethra.

Women must be careful how they wipe themselves after they go to the
bathroom because they can bring the bacteria into their
urinary track, causing the infection.

 

Progress are being made in the present moment to include a mix of men and
women when it comes of studying common illness. This eventually will
prove to be the best approach in health research in general. By including men
and women in medical research, the finding will be a more accurate information,
since it will have in consideration both, men and women’s results.

There still are a lot of variables that need to be controlled in our
quest for cure to our health conditions, and women’s health issues is the
one that should be in top priority.
Women’s organs are different from men’s. Therefore, more research
must be done on women’s reactions to common illness.

 

 

 

 

Justina Lantigua de Quezada

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