By now, we all know that as women, we don’t learn enough about our health, the issues we face, and how to prevent or manage them. So, we’re here to create one space where you can find the steps we should all be taking to live a healthy lifestyle, as well as the common health issues among women that we should be aware of and recognize the symptoms of. We’re no doctors, but we are a team of women dedicated to women’s health. So, let’s talk about what that looks like.
Women’s Health Issues
- Heart Disease
Heart disease may not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering health issues that affect women, but it’s one we should all be aware of as it’s a leading health issue in the U.S., according to the CDC. Make sure you see your doctor every year for regular wellness checks and look out for things like high cholesterol or blood pressure and less obvious symptoms such as shortness of breath, nausea and shoulder aches.
- Infertility and reproductive issues
Issues like heavy periods, painful periods, abdominal pain and the like may be more serious than you think. Check with your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms and stay informed on some of the most common causes of these issues and infertility like PCOS, endometriosis, uterine fibroids and more. A lot of these health problems that lead to infertility are entirely treatable, so knowing the signs is the first step to healing.
Did you know that PMS is very much a real issue many women experience and so is the more severe PMDD? These may be things we joke about, but they aren’t to be taken lightly. Especially when they can lead to things like anxiety and depression.
- Pregnancy and Postpartum Issues
In 2020, the conversation is definitely opening up around the changes our bodies go through not just during pregnancy, but after. However, there’s a lot more that we should know before we even reach childbearing age. Learn about and be aware of things like pelvic prolapse, incontinence, hormonal changes and other experiences our bodies face during pregnancy and postpartum.
It’s time we all stop seeing menopause as the embarrassing thing no one mentions that happens when you’re “old.” Every single woman experiences menopause and for that reason alone, there should be no shame surrounding it or its symptoms. Know the signs and how to live healthily and keep your symptoms to a minimum when the time does come.
These are just a few of the health issues we face as women that we often don’t learn enough about. The point here isn’t to scare anyone, but to arm ourselves with knowledge. That way, next time our bodies have a strange symptom that we don’t recognize, we know where to look and what to ask about and most of all, how to correct it.
So, what can we do to stay healthy and hopefully, prevent a lot of these issues?
Follow doctor-recommended tips for living a healthy lifestyle.
- Get enough sleep – it’s so important for every aspect of our lives
- Eat a nutritious diet – that means leafy greens, vegetables & fruits, protein and fiber, but also a diet you can stick with. Don’t try to ditch the chocolate cake altogether, just have a small slice instead
- Exercise regularly – Try to make it a point to move your body every day. Even if it’s a brief walk at lunch or gentle stretching
- Avoid the sun – save your skin, ladies. Wear sunscreen every day (yep, even the dreary ones) to protect your skin from harsh aging.
- See your doctor regularly – Get those wellness checks, keep up with the milestones (like colonoscopies at age 50, for example)
These steps can help save our lives and improve their overall quality. You’re never too young or too old to start. We deserve to live long and healthy lives and we should all have the knowledge to do just that.