“Women’s health focuses on the many health issues and conditions that are unique to women or that affect women differently than men”.1

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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

The (United States) Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development’s (NICHD) definition is:

“Women’s health focuses on the many health issues and conditions that are unique to women or that affect women differently than men”.3

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”.4

Women

What health issues or conditions are specific to women only?

In Women’s Health: Condition Information – What Health Issues or Conditions Are Specific To Women Only? the NICHD elaborate on:

“Women experience unique health issues and conditions, from pregnancy and menopause to gynecological conditions, such as uterine fibroids and pelvic floor disorders”.5

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”.6

Menopause

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

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

Women’s Health
“At the same time as you are menopausal, there are many other areas of your health to keep an eye on. It is important to keep up cervical screening and, breast checks, and to watch your diet, blood pressure and cholesterol to ensure good cardiovascular health”.7

Postmenopause

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

The JH note:

Women’s Health“After menopause, changes to the spread of body fat and body shape increases a woman’s risk of cardiovascular disease, and lower levels of oestrogen also increase the risk of bladder weakness and osteoporosis”.8

Checkups

What health checkups may women require?

In Women 40-60 the JH explain:

“The complete range of medical checks and screening procedures required throughout life will vary for every person, depending on individual risks, medical background and family history. Talk to your doctor about what tests you require to maintain your health”.9

High-Risk Women

What tests and immunizations may high-risk women require?

It may be in our best interest to choose to check what tests and immunizations high risk women require because they may apply to many of us who think we are not ‘high-risk’.

In Tests and Immunizations for High-Risk Women the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists elaborate on some tests and immunizations.

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”.10

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  1. Women’s Health. Last Reviewed Date: 12/1/2016. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/womenshealth/Pages/default.aspx Accessed: 05 August 2019
  2. Women’s Health: Information. Review Date: 14 January 2018. Page Last Updated: 31 July 2019. MedlinePlus http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007458.htm Accessed: 05 August 2019
  3. Women’s Health. Last Reviewed Date: 12/1/2016. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/womenshealth Accessed: 05 August 2019
  4. Women’s Health: Information. Review Date: 14 January 2018. Page Last Updated: 31 July 2019. MedlinePlus http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007458.htm Accessed: 05 August 2019
  5. Women’s Health: Condition Information – What Health Issues or Conditions Are Specific To Women Only? Last Reviewed Date: 12/1/2016. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/womenshealth/conditioninfo/pages/whatconditions.aspx Accessed: 05 August 2019
  6. 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: 05 August 2019
  7. Health After Menopause. Last Updated 18 August 2018 — Last Reviewed 17 December 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health http://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/health-after-menopause/ Accessed: 05 August 2019
  8. Health After Menopause. Last Updated 18 August 2018 — Last Reviewed 17 December 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health http://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/health-after-menopause/ Accessed: 05 August 2019
  9. Women 40-60. Last Updated 08 November 2018 — Last Reviewed 11 October 2018. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health http://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/health-checks/women-40-60 Accessed: 05 August 2019
  10. Health Screenings for Women Ages 40 To 64: Information. Review Date: 12 May 2018. Page Last Updated: 31 July 2019. MedlinePlus http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007467.htm Accessed: 05 August 2019
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