Taking care of your health is probably the most important thing that you can do. However sometimes it is easier said than done. The human body is an amazing thing, but it is complex and sometimes it can take a lot of work to keep it functioning just the way that you want it to. And on top of that, as we grow through life, we seem to constantly encounter new changes. From puberty and growth spurts to menopause, womens health in particular can seem like quite a bit to juggle. But if you can keep in mind that you are not alone, that you have half of the world’s population as a resource and support system, you will be able to manage your health just fine.
Being productive and proactive in womens health
The key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle is to stay informed and to not neglect the basics. Getting comfortable with a fitness routine and eating well are great first steps. You will also want to find a gynecologist who you are comfortable with, get regular checkups, and not be afraid to ask questions or bring up concerns or issues you might be facing. It may take some time to reach that level of comfort, as many women feel that discussing personal hygiene or health can be a bit, well, personal. But we succeed the way that we do because of how our communities, personal networks, and societies are set up. No woman is an island, and learning to be candid about health issues can keep you feeling your best, and just might help other women feel the same. Womens health does not have to be a daunting topic.
The many facets of womens health
Of course, there will always be health issues that everyone faces, such as a cold or flu or maybe even a broken bone. But there are many other things that women need to be aware of regarding their health, particularly as you get older. And as feminism and women’s rights have finally begun to find their due place in the world, there are increasingly more treatments, medications, procedures, and resources in general that are accessible for women.
From assisted reproductive technology for those needing a bit of help to get pregnant, to hormone therapy for those going through menopause, today’s women have solutions that women in the past did not have access to. These solutions can do wonders for a woman’s overall health and improving her quality of life in general. There are even anti aging treatments for those attempting to thwart the the effects that time have on the body, though all women should feel free to wear their marks of aging proudly. They are, in fact, evidence of life, and that is a beautiful thing.
Medical help for getting pregnant
Some women who have the urge to bear children are given the devastating diagnosis that they currently cannot, for a variety of reasons. Whether it is a previous health issue that is preventing the pregnancy, or the problem lies within the husband’s inability to impregnate her, there are still options for the hopeful mother-to-be. Some infertility solutions include in vitro fertilization, surgery, medication or even adoption or surrogacy. Sometimes the issue is a bit of surprise, as with the 11% of couples who find themselves faced with secondary fertility, or the inability to conceive a second child after one year. It can be a difficult process to deal with emotionally, but there are solutions.
An interesting fact about menopause is that, even with the increase in life expectancy over time, the average age that a woman enters menopause has not altered over the course of many centuries. Most women experience menopause somewhere in their 40s or 50s. However there are the outliers who experience menopause in their 30s or 60s. Most women, about 90%, also experience perimenopause for about four years, where their menstrual cycles are altered before actually entering menopause. Hormone therapy and medication can help relieve symptoms.
Managing your health does not have to be overwhelming. Find support in the women around you, and continue living and loving your life.
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