Women's Health

As of 2007, the World Resources Institute estimates that the world population of females is about 3.3 billion. Around 700 million of these women come from developed countries, and consequently, it denotes that the rest of those figures are of women in developing countries. Developing nations are those which are mostly overpopulated, with a majority of their populations having little or no access to medical help.

Because the females of the human population, like in all other mammalian species, have the ability to conceive and give birth to their young, it puts a large number of women at risk for health complications. From the 1990’s up to the present, the World Health Organization has reported high incidences of pregnancy-related deaths in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The causes of which have been linked to liver and blood disorders.

Cancer is a dreaded disease that afflicts women from all cultures and all walks of life. As the disease can be attributed to hereditary causes, toxins, or external carcinogenic substances, potentially all women are at risk of acquiring one of the many types of cancer. In the United States alone, a 2007 report stated that there are about 178,000 new cases of breast cancer per year. Along with this figure are an estimated 39,000 new cases of uterine cancer and 22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer in America.

Only women are able to experience menopause, which is a stage in their reproductive cycle where hormone production slows down and eventually stops. This is a condition which is common to women above the age of forty five. Some of the other conditions that go along with menopause are mood swings, possible hair loss, difficulty in sleeping, hot flashes, and others. Some experts say that menopausal women are at higher risk of cardiovascular diseases or bone loss.

In terms of mental health, there are certain disorders that have higher probabilities of afflicting women rather than men. As reported by the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, women are twice more prone to generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder. Also, women are more commonly afflicted with posttraumatic stress disorder, as compared to men.

The body of a woman operates on an entirely different perspective than that of a man. In many cases, women are said to have more health needs than men, but not necessarily because men are generally healthier. Many doctors recommend for women to have regular exercise routines, especially as they age, to prevent the risks of certain diseases. There are already numerous hormonal treatments available to help women regain their internal balance. Furthermore, as women reach their menopausal years, it is suggested that they observe healthier diets and more cardiovascular activities.

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