Women worldwide are prone to several gender-specific diseases. Some of these can be minor and will vanish after proper medication and care. Others lie dormant in the body for several years. You may start experiencing symptoms only after the disease reaches the second or third stage or worse, the last phase.
Understandably, every disease has its origin. And most disease are preventable. In this article, we will discuss some of the top health symptoms that women should take care of. Because if you delay or skip treatment, you could suffer from some severe health disorder or major
Only Women’s Diseases?
You might ask, why women only? The answer is simple. Women and men both suffer from all sorts of diseases. However, specific diseases are gender specific. Meaning, some afflict women only while others affect men.
That’s because the anatomy and physiology of women differs vastly from men. Furthermore, women and men carry different hormones. While infectious diseases generally are common for both genders, anatomical and physiological as well as certain psychiatric ailments are gender specific.
Therefore, in this article, I’ll highlight some of the most common and top health symptoms that women should take care of.
Top Health Symptoms Women Should Check
When you are aware about these symptoms and know they’re indicator of some disease or ailment, it’s often easy to take treatment and get well. Thanks to advances in medical sciences and technology, almost every disease that afflicts women has some cure. Provided, you detect their symptoms on time.
What are these top health symptoms women should take care of? Read further.
Vaginitis is the most common and topmost health symptom that afflicts almost every woman at some point of time or even frequently. And Vaginitis or Vaginosis attacks women of all ages, including infants.
Research by various American healthcare organisations and reports published by the US National Library of Medicine prove, Vaginitis is easily preventable and curable.
In pure medical terms, Vaginitis isn’t a single medical disorder. Instead, it consists of as many as five different medical problems that afflict women. Together, they’re known as Vaginitis.
Here’re two most common forms of Vaginitis that affect women of all ages.
Bacterial Vaginosis: This is caused by severe imbalance between normal and harmful bacterium common to the female reproductive system. Symptoms include abnormal discharge and itching. In severe conditions, symptoms can include genital inflammation and foul odour.
Yeast Infections: Another severe form of Vaginosis. This is caused by abnormal growth of vaginal yeast. If you don’t take proper treatment on time, the yeast infection can spread to other parts of your body and cause other severe disease. Symptoms include abnormal discharge, genital inflammation, diaper rash, pain and burning sensation. There are other forms of Vaginitis too. However, their symptoms aren’t that severe. You can find more about these kinds of Vaginitis from excellent online resources.
Pain in the breast, inflammation and burning sensation of nipples, overall feeling of heaviness in the breast and abnormal discharge are some of the top health symptoms that women should take care of. Because these symptoms might indicate the disease most women dread- Breast Cancer.
The most common symptom of Breast Cancer is abnormal lumps in one or both breasts. Self-examination is the best way to detect these lumps. If you detect any of these symptoms, seek medical help immediately. Breast cancer can be treated with simple oral chemotherapeutic tablets. Left untreated, you’ll have to opt for chemotherapy that has immense side-effects or surgery for breast removal.
Cervical Cancer is yet another gender specific disease that afflicts women. Usually, most cases of Cervical Cancer are due to Sexually Transmitted Disease. Intimate relations with a partner carrying the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) leads to Cervical Cancer.
Women need to be extra alert about Cervical Cancer. It occurs when HPV infects parts of their Cervix, especially the female reproductive system. And shockingly, Cervical Cancer doesn’t exhibit many symptoms during its early stages.
However, some top health symptoms women should take care of are vaginal bleeding or pain during intercourse, abnormal, high volume discharge and frequent backache.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection
Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV infection causes the killer disease Acquired
Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). While HIV infection and AIDS isn’t really gender specific, women and men show different symptoms.
HIV spreads through different means. The most common is unsafe intercourse with an infected partner. The second common mode of HIV infection is use of unsterile injection needles and syringes, especially among drug users. Third and rarer is contact with body fluids of an HIV victim, including blood transfusions.
There are nine top health symptoms women should look for, if they suspect HIV infection.
i) Malaise and flu like symptoms
ii) Abnormal skin rashes, sores or lesions in any region of your body
iii) Swollen glands that causes swelling in throat, neck, armpits and groin.
iv) Frequent infections such as influenza, pneumonia, vaginal candidiasis and yeast
v) Night Fever with Heavy Perspiration, especially while asleep
vi) Inflammation of pelvis and pelvic region
vii) Changes in menstrual patterns
viii) Frequent infections of Sexually Transmitted Disease
ix) Weight loss combined with frequent cough, colds and vomiting
Over 2.14 million women and men in India are HIV Positive. This figure doesn’t include commercial sex workers only. Therefore, if you experience any of these symptoms, consult your doctor instantly.
Depression is the most common psychiatric disorder among women in India. Unfortunately, majority of women don’t take proper treatment for depression due to various myths that surround the disease. In India, taking psychiatric help remains a taboo: people falsely believe that psychiatry is only for the mentally deranged. Another myth is that depression occurs due to unpleasant or bad situations such as poverty, death or other common factors. Most common symptoms of depression among women include thoughts of committing suicide, inflicting self-harm such as cutting own hand with blades or other sharp instruments, loss of interest in daily activities, frequent feeling of tiredness despite getting adequate rest, no appetite, nausea and vomiting, among others. Some women consume large volumes of alcohol or even cough syrups to relieve the symptoms. Don’t neglect these symptoms. The main cause of depression is usually a slight imbalance in
brain chemistry. Mood controlling hormones can lose balance due to age, pregnancy and other factors. Cure is simple and easy: it involves taking one or two pills daily upon prescription by a psychiatrist.
These top five health symptoms are something that every woman should watch out for to take care of their health on daily basis. The earlier you detect these symptoms, faster your treatment and recovery. HIV victims can also avail Antiretroviral (ARV) therapy and avoid AIDS. However, looking out for these symptoms is extremely important.