Women’s health issues are unique. And some of the health issues that affect both men and women can affect women differently.
Unique issues include pregnancy, menopause, and conditions of the female organs. Women can have a healthy pregnancy by getting early and regular prenatal care. They should also get recommended breast cancer, cervical cancer, and bone density screenings.
Women and men also have many of the same health problems. But these problems can affect women differently. For example,
- Women are more likely to die following a heart attack than men
- Women are more likely to show signs of depression and anxiety than men
- The effects of sexually transmitted diseases can be more serious in women
- Osteoarthritis affects more women than men
- Women are more likely to have urinary tract problems
A WISEWOMAN takes care of her health. She also knows that half of all women may develop heart disease and takes steps to keep her heart healthy. This includes having her blood pressure and blood cholesterol checked, watching what she eats, being physically active or exercising, and choosing not to smoke.
Many health programs include testing for cholesterol, diabetes, and blood pressure, but not all provide lifestyle education or testing at no or low cost. These programs help women adopt healthy eating patterns and encourage women to be more physically active. Classes, quitlines, and counseling to help women deal with stress or quit smoking are offered. WISEWOMAN aims to help women know their risk for heart disease and develop a heart healthy lifestyle.
Contact Penslow Medical Center to find out more about Womens Health. Call us at (910) 329-7591.
NIH: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Centers for Disease Control WISEWOMAN