Women's Health & Issues Guides & Articles
What Is Women's Health?
Women’s health primarily refers to the treatment, screening, and prevention of health issues that are unique to women and people assigned female at birth (AFAB). These issues include:
- Gynecological health, such as menstruation
- Fertility issues
- Reproductive health, including birth control and abortion
- Breast care
It also examines the way certain health conditions impact men and women differently. For example, men experience different heart attack symptoms than women, and women’s symptoms aren’t as well-known. This has led to higher rates of heart attack death in women than men. 1 In some cases, women require different treatments for ailments than men.
From a more systemic point of view, women’s health is concerned with the impacts that gender inequality has on health. Research has found that across all diseases, it takes doctors longer to diagnose women than men. 2 Numerous studies also show that doctors treat pain differently between men and women. 3 Doctors are more likely to see women’s pain as psychological rather than physical. 4
For many years, researchers conducted medical studies on male animals and male cells. This has contributed to female health problems as less is known about women's bodies. Poverty can also have an impact on female health. Girls who are unable to purchase menstrual products are likely to skip school. 5 Likewise, 36% of period-insecure women skip work, adding to mental and financial stress. 6 Poor menstrual hygiene also increases the risk of urinary or reproductive tract infections and pelvic inflammatory disease. 7
When it comes to healthcare, some problems are universal; however, there are other issues that affect women only or that affect women at much higher rates than they do men. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading killer of women and causes the death of one in three women each year. […]
Women’s health problems are often misunderstood, and many women don’t get the medical attention they need and deserve because there is simply not enough information available to them. To take control of your health, it is important to first understand the various health issues affecting women at various stages of life. What Are the Types […]
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Menopause occurs after a woman has her last menstrual cycle. Both menopause and the time preceding it cause significant physical changes in a woman’s body. Women can decrease the undesirable effects of menopause by taking medication, undergoing therapy, and making behavioral changes. Symptoms Most women experience menopause between the ages of 48 and 55. Perimenopause […]
Sharing a life and a home with someone who has premenstrual dysphoric disorder can be a challenge if you are unprepared. The symptoms of PMDD, if left untreated, can be disruptive to the sufferer’s life and the lives of everyone she lives with. Fortunately, there are studies, treatments and support to help everyone cope with […]
What is Postpartum Depression? There are two forms of postpartum depression. The first form is postpartum or maternity blues, which is a mild mood condition that lasts for a short time. A more severe form, called postpartum major depression, is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition. How Can I Recognize Postpartum Blues? The postpartum blues have […]
One in four women will experience an episode of depression at least once in their lives. Depression affects men at a much lower rate. However, many experiences unique to women, such as menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause, trigger depressive episodes. Depression Caused by Menstruation Some women experience severe symptoms of depression before they start menstruating each […]
Depression during pregnancy is a very difficult and sensitive subject. Statistics from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggest that between 14 and 23 percent of women suffer from some form of depression during pregnancy. There are many questions that the pregnant woman and her family must struggle with. Is she truly suffering from […]