15 February 2019

3 Common Women's Health Issues to Watch Out For

Women’s abilities may be the same as men, but their bodies are very different. While men struggle more with certain skin cancers, alcoholism, and disorders of the prostate, women have other health issues uniquely their own. If you are a woman or if you are worried about your female relatives or friends, here are three that are important to watch out for. 

Cervical Cancer

According to the American Association for Cancer Research, “Cervical cancer, an often preventable cancer, will be diagnosed in an estimated 13,240 women living in the United States and some 4,170 women are expected to die of the disease in 2018.” It’s typically caused by a common infection called human papillomavirus (HPV); this is the same virus that causes genital warts. The good news is that deaths from cervical cancer have dropped in the last decade due to better earlier detection and improved treatments, but it pays to know the signs and symptoms. 

Some, like vaginal bleeding with intercourse, abnormal discharge, and pelvic pain are obvious, but less common symptoms including lower back pain and fatigue may be less noticeable. Help your doctor detect cervical cancer early by reporting these symptoms if they occur and by having routine Pap smears as recommended. Young girls should receive the HPV vaccine to help guard against the illness.


Urinary tract infections, or UTIs, are much more common in women than men. Symptoms include pain or burning with urination, feeling like you have urinate more often than usual, and discomfort in the lower back or abdomen. 

MD Proactive advises: “There are some steps that can help you prevent Urinary Tract Infections. Wiping from front to back after bowel movements can help prevent the spread of bacteria. As a general rule, it is good to empty the bladder fully, particularly after sexual intercourse. Drinking plenty of fluids is important, and the active compounds of cranberry juice are effective in fighting against the bacteria.”


Research shows depression is the most common mental health issue women face and is a leading cause of suicide. Women are statistically more likely than men to experience depression, and some types are associated with hormonal changes that occur only in women. 

The primary symptom of depression is general sadness or persistent anxiety that lasts more than a few weeks. Some women describe it as an empty feeling, and it’s often accompanied by lack of interest in pleasurable activities. Other signs include insomnia, oversleeping, and crying or irritability. Depression can be treated with medicine, therapy, or a combination of both. 

Too many women suffer from preventable or treatable health conditions. Don’t suffer in silence. See a doctor promptly if you suspect you have any of these conditions.

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