The Importance of Women's Health

There comes a point in every girl’s life when she starts puberty and begins to transition into adulthood. The chances of possible issues also start to arise at this moment. Health complications such as cervical cancer, breast cancer, infertility, etc. could all be a possibility. As a woman, we are as delicate as flowers and it is extremely important to visit your local gynecologist annually to make sure your delicate lady parts are functioning correctly. Many women do not get annual checkups because they “feel” nothing is wrong but sometimes you cannot solely tell by having no symptoms. I encourage each and every woman to get annual checkups to eliminate guessing and also catch anything quickly if something is wrong.

 

  1. Breast Cancer

 

Breast cancer is very common in the United States. In fact, it is the leading health complication in women. Breast cancer starts when cells in the breast begin to grow out of control. These cells usually form a tumor that can often be seen on an x-ray or felt as a lump. The lump is usually the first noticeable sign of breast cancer. Below are some symptoms of breast cancer, and if you are experiencing any of these I urge you to seek professional help as quickly as possible: Swelling of all or part of a breast, skin irritation or dimpling, breast or nipple pain, nipple retraction, redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin, nipple discharge.

 

 

   2. Cervical Cancer

 

 Cervical cancer begins in the cervix, the narrow organ at the bottom of the uterus that connects to the vagina. This could affect fertility very much, because the cervix has to dilate when giving birth. Some common early symptoms include: vaginal bleeding (not period), unusual vaginal discharge or pelvic pain. Other advanced symptoms include: weight loss, fatigue, back pain, leg pain, or leakage of urine or feces from the vagina.

 

 

    3. Infertility

The cause of infertility may be difficult to determine but may include inadequate levels of certain hormones in both men and women, and trouble with ovulation in women. The main symptom is an inability to get pregnant. In many cases, there are no additional symptoms. Many treatments significantly improve the chances of getting pregnant. They include hormone treatments, fertility drugs, and surgery. The above diseases can also cause infertility if not treated in a reasonable amount of time.

 

 

    4. Ovarian Cancer

 

Ovarian Cancer begins in the ovaries. This disease is very dangerous because ovarian cancer often has no symptoms in the early stages. Later stages are associated with symptoms, but they can be non-specific, such as loss of appetite and weight loss. The most common symptoms include: bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, trouble eating or feeling full quickly and urinary symptoms such as urgency or frequency.

 

Disease is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, it is super important to learn your body and how to detect when problems arise. I encourage all ladies to seek treatment as soon as possible if any of these symptoms relate to you. Never be afraid to get answers or open up to those close to you because they can help you and also give support if something is wrong. Protect your lady parts at all cost and remain healthy.

-HCXO!