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6 Women’s Health Topics We Should Talk About

Do you place your health on the back-burner? As women, it’s something we often do because we’re too busy looking out for others. You may experience the same medical condition as a man, but sometimes, those symptoms will be very different. You also have a menstrual cycle, birth control, pregnancy or menopause to consider. Women have a unique health profile and deserve attention and education on a variety of topics that affect them. Here are a few subjects we believe that women want to know more about.

1. Pregnancy And COVID Vaccine

There has been some back and forth from experts on all sides about giving the COVID-19 vaccine to pregnant women, but the latest information has changed, and it’s encouraging news.

Expectant women may receive the vaccine safely, according to the World Health Organization.

W.H.O. believes the vaccine has a great safety profile and has stated that there isn’t any specific reason to believe there would be specific risks that would outweigh the benefits of vaccination for pregnant women.

 

2. Menopause Relief

Although going through menopause is different for every woman, there are common symptoms that are annoying and frustrating to most. These would include hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbances and emotional problems.

Menopause symptoms can become severe enough that they interfere with daily activities and quality of life. The good news is that acupuncture may provide short-term relief from menopausal symptoms, according to the latest research.

One study found that five weeks of 15-minute sessions effectively reduced common menopause symptoms and that 80 percent of the women who underwent acupuncture said they felt the treatment had helped them.

 

3. Stronger Bones

Osteoporosis is something all women need to be aware of because it can strike young adult women. When you hear of brittle bones, you usually imagine an 80-year old female, but the condition can affect you much earlier.

Tai chi is a gentle, weight-bearing exercise and one that can help protect you from bone loss.

Older women, especially, who perform tai chi see a 20 to 40 percent reduction in fall risk.

 

4. Breast Health

Many have often called aspirin the wonder drug and with good reason. It’s readily available and inexpensive and has been shown to lower a woman’s risk of breast cancer. Plenty of studies have been conducted over the years, and the latest research discovered that taking regular low-dose aspirin was associated with a 16 percent lower risk of breast cancer.

It is encouraging news on several fronts. For example, in animal studies conducted on breast cancer, aspirin demonstrated anti-tumor properties, including inhibiting tumor cell division and impairing the growth of precancerous cells. In human studies, researchers noted an anti-estrogen effect of aspirin.

Of course, it’s recommended that patients speak with their women’s health specialists about preventing breast cancer and if they may benefit from taking low-dose aspirin regularly.

 

5. Vaginal Health

The vagina is an essential part of a woman’s body and health, and it can affect your desire for sex and the ability to reach orgasm. It can also affect your fertility.

Don’t ever be embarrassed to talk with your ob-gyn about any health issues you may be having. Regular checkups are your best method of maintaining good vaginal health and discovering any problems early on.

 

6. Endometriosis Relief

Many women experience painful endometriosis where tissue that normally lines the uterus also grows outside the organ. The condition is common and affects about 176 million women globally.

Endometriosis can also cause infertility and inflammation, and several high-profile celebrities like Padma Lakshmi and Olivia Culpo have shared their journeys about the condition on social media in an effort to help others.

A daily pill called Elagolix is the latest treatment for endometriosis that features the first oral gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonist to help women with moderate to severe pain from endometriosis.

If you think about it; as women, we are amazing people with unique health concerns. That is why neglecting your body and putting off medical appointments isn’t serving you well. Staying healthy, being educated about your body and following through is what it’s all about. We all deserve the gift of health.

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