7 things you may or may not know about women’s health

Updated: Jan 7

You may not be aware of some of the common health issues that affect millions of women every year. Dr. Alamelu on how you can prepare for them.

1) Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

One out of five women is affected by heavy menstrual bleeding - that lasts more than seven days. If you're one of those women experiencing this condition talk to your doctor or your nurse to discuss possible causes and treatments.

2) Infertility

About 12% of women between the ages of 15 and 44, have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term. You can reduce your risk of infertility by reducing your alcohol intake, not smoking, getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases, and maintain healthy body weight.

3) Asthma

Asthma occurs more often in women than in men, but more often in boys than in girls. Avoid asthma triggers like tobacco smoke, air pollution, and mold. You should work with your provider to develop an asthma action plan.

4) Disability

The most common reason for women's disability is arthritis. Nearly 50% of the women above the age of 65 in the United States suffer from a disability.

5) Sex trafficking

CDC considers Sex trafficking as a serious public health problem and the most likely victims tend to be women and girls. The CDC offers ideas for what communities and groups can do to stop sex trafficking here: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/sexualviolence/trafficking.html#needtoknow

6) Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)

BV is the most common vaginal infection between the ages of 15 to 44. Having BV increases the likelihood of getting an STD. Anyone can get BV but women who are sexually active are more likely to contract it.

7) Opioid Addiction

Women are more likely to have chronic pain and hence are more likely to be prescribed pain killers. They have also tended to use them for a longer time than men. Women should discuss all the medication that they're currently taking with a medical professional and make sure that they use prescriptions only as directed.

This blog post was adapted from - https://www.cdc.gov/features/7things-womens-health/index.html

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