“Women’s health refers to the branch of medicine
that focuses on the treatment and diagnosis of diseases
and conditions that affect a woman’s physical and…”.1

Umbrella
What may the Women’s Health Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Women’s Health
  • Women’s Health Conditions
  • Women’s Health Diseases
  • Women’s Health Issues

Definition

What is women’s health?

DotS the definition of women’s health may vary. The (United States) MedlinePlus’ definition is:

“Women’s health refers to the branch of medicine that focuses on the treatment and diagnosis of diseases and conditions that affect a woman’s physical and emotional well-being”.2

Specialties

What are different women’s health specialties and focus areas?

In Women’s Health MedlinePlus explain:

“Women’s health includes a wide range of specialties and focus areas, such as:

  • Birth control, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and gynecology
  • Breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and other female cancers
  • Mammography
  • Menopause and hormone therapy
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Sexual health
  • Women and heart disease
  • Benign conditions affecting the function of the female reproductive organs”.3

Women

What health issues or conditions are specific to women only?

In What Is Women’s Health Research? the (United States) Office of Research on Women’s Health note:

“There are striking sex and gender differences in many diseases and conditions, including:

  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Depression and brain disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Infectious diseases
  • Obesity
  • Substance abuse disorders”.4

Menopause

At menopause what is it important for women to note about their health?

In Looking After Yourself the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health (JH) explain:

Women’s Health“During menopause, it’s important to look after yourself. Healthy lifestyle choices will help to improve physical and emotional symptoms at every stage of menopause”.5

Postmenopause

Postmenopause or after menopause, what is it important for women to note about their health?

In What Is Menopause? Perimenopause, Menopause and Postmenopause: What Changes After Menopause? the JH note:

Women’s Health“It’s important to look after your health after menopause, as changes due to ageing and lower levels of oestrogen can increase your risk of developing certain health conditions”.6

Checkups

What health checkups may women require?

In Health Checks Throughout Your Life the JH explain:

“You will need different health checks throughout your life, depending on your age, risk factors, medical background and family history.

It’s recommended you have certain checks, regardless of your age. For example:

  • Have a skin check every year
  • Have an eye test every two years, or as needed
  • Have a hearing test if you notice any hearing loss
  • Have a dental check and clean every year (some dentists recommend every six months)”.7

Health Care Provider

If I feel fine, do I still need to see my health care provider regularly?

Even if you feel fine, it may be in your best interest to choose to see your health care provider regularly.

In Health Screenings for Women Ages 40 To 64: Information the MedlinePlus elaborate on:

“Even if you feel fine, you should still see your provider for regular checkups. These visits can help you avoid problems in the future. For example, the only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked regularly. High blood sugar and high cholesterol levels also may not have any symptoms in the early stages. A simple blood test can check for these conditions”.8

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Sources

  1. Women’s Health: Information. Review Date: 10 January 2022. MedlinePlus https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007458.htm Accessed: 12 May 2024
  2. Women’s Health: Information. Review Date: 10 January 2022. MedlinePlus https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007458.htm Accessed: 12 May 2024
  3. Women’s Health: Information. Review Date: 10 January 2020 MedlinePlus https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007458.htm Accessed: 12 May 2024
  4. What Is Women’s Health Research? Office of Research on Women’s Health https://orwh.od.nih.gov/research/funded-research-and-programs/what-womens-health-research Accessed: 12 May 2024
  5. Looking After Yourself. Last Updated: 19 January 2024 | Last Reviewed: 19 August 2022. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/looking-after-yourself Accessed: 12 May 2024
  6. What Is Menopause? Perimenopause, Menopause and Postmenopause: What Changes After Menopause? Last Updated: 18 January 2024 | Last Reviewed: 19 August 2022. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/about-menopause#the-menopause-transition Accessed: 12 May 2024
  7. Health Checks Throughout Your Life. Last Updated: 19 March 2024 | Last Reviewed: 13 January 2024. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/health-checks/health-checks-throughout-your-life Accessed: 12 May 2024
  8. Health Screenings for Women Ages 40 To 64: Information. Review Date: 30 April 2022. MedlinePlus https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007467.htm Accessed: 12 May 2024
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