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Mandy Kloppers

Common Health Challenges That Women Face

Research shows that British women possess a lengthier life expectancy than men. This is because women’s life expectancy from birth is 83.1 years, while men’s stands at 79.4 years. However, the same research indicates that women’s healthy life expectancy had dropped while men’s have remained stable over the years. Indeed, certain health challenges negatively affect many women’s life quality, including the following. 

 

  • Breast Cancer 

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Breast cancer is a prevalent health condition that women face. According to Breast Cancer Now, approximately 10,000 women under 50 are diagnosed with the condition each year. Moreover, one in seven women will develop cancer in their lifetime. Research also indicates that 11,500 women die from the condition, making it the leading cause of death in women. Breast cancer occurs when breast cells grow and divide abnormally until they form a mass. Its risk factors include hereditary, menopause, breast condition history, obesity, alcohol misuse, etc. Symptoms include redness and pitting of breast skin, breast thickening, inverted nipple, etc. 

Fortunately, you can reduce your risks of developing breast cancer by taking the needed steps. For starters, you can adopt a consistent exercise routine to maintain a healthy weight and reduce your alcohol intake. You also want to reduce your post-menopause hormone therapy, as it can increase your risks. It’s also important to self-examine your breasts for any changes and see your doctor if you notice any. Breast cancer screening can help you detect and treat cancer early, so keep this in mind. 

 

  • Anxiety and depression 

While everyone can experience anxiety and depression, the UK Mental Health Foundation revealed that women are more prone to experiencing them than men. Moreover, one in five British women deals with depression, self-harm and anxiety. These conditions are often caused by hormonal imbalances caused by pregnancy, menstrual cycles, and menopause. It can also be triggered by overthinking, negative body image, low-self esteem, etc. Studies also show that women can develop these mental conditions when they experience loss, abuse, relationship troubles, financial troubles and other unpleasant life experiences. 

If you constantly experience anxiety and depression, you can alleviate it with the following tips. You can start by being physically active and eating healthily. Likewise, show yourself lots of love by shopping, taking a relaxing bath or getting a massage. Spending time with your loved ones can also keep you happier, and creating boundaries can keep your stress levels low and reduce depression symptoms. 

 

  • Gynaecological conditions 

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Women experience a myriad of gynaecological conditions that affect their quality of life. Common conditions in this category include pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding, urinary tract infection (UTI), uterine fibroids, pelvic floor prolapse, menstrual disorders, etc. These conditions can negatively affect women’s sexual functions and even cause infertility. What’s worse, it can put their lives at risk. To obtain good gynaecological health, it’s important to go for regular checkups and practise safe sex to prevent the transmission of STDs. Likewise, caring for your vulva and vagina will go a long way in keeping these conditions at bay. If you’re experiencing UTI symptoms, using UTI medicine will help reduce your discomfort. 

 

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