Women Health

It is common knowledge that men and women are different and these gender differences impact physical and mental health. One of the most striking differences is the life expectancy data: on average, women will live about six to seven years more than men in societies which have good quality of healthcare prevalent. Other differences, thought a bit more subtle, are also important: many women are unaware that they can react differently to medication, are more vulnerable to certain diseases, and may experience different symptoms than men with similar conditions.

There are additional health-related differences between the two genders. For instance, women are more likely to visit the doctor than men. Women incur a higher health care expenditure as the result of more visits for conditions of the reproductive system (e.g., menopause, cervical cancer screening, and pregnancy).

Women are also more likely to deal with health-related stressors in a proactive manner than men. Women usually take the lead with regard to medical situations (e.g., deciding whether to take someone to a doctor, transporting them to the appointment, and picking up medications) for their families as well as themselves. Women also provide the bulk of the care for ill or disabled family members (often in combination with caring for their own children).

Because of their multiple roles (e.g., many take time off to raise children or care for relatives), women must often rely on other people (such as their spouse) for their health insurance coverage, or go without coverage altogether. As a result, not all women are adequately covered.

Some of the medical conditions that women must face are unique, such as breast cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer in females. Others are shared with men, such as heart disease, which is the number one killer of women, accounting for about 28% of deaths in women in 2002 (a rate similar to that of men).

Whatever the disease, medicine changes frequently. By understanding health conditions and keeping current on relevant information, women can maximize their chances for having a healthy life and minimize the negative impact of diseases.

Top Womens Health Topics

Breast Cancer



Breast Pain

Heavy periods


Emergency Contraception


Ovarian Cancer

Painful Periods


Breast Feeding





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