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5 Women’s Health Issues to Watch Out For!

Men and women experience many similar health conditions, but there are some that are particular to women. Some may also affect women more acutely. Unfortunately, many women do not appreciate just how serious these conditions can become, and a lot of the time they are not diagnosed because women are not aware of what to look for.

We believe that women should take charge of their own health and educate themselves as much as possible about their bodies. So below, we’ll outline five women’s health issues to watch out for and to always speak to a medical professional if concerned.

Breast cancer

Breast cancer is the single most aggressive cancer affecting women around the world, and the most common cancer in women in Australia. It involves the growth of cells lining the breast ducts at an uncontrollable rate. It also has the potential to spread to other parts of your body.

Sometimes breast cancer has no symptoms and is discovered during a mammogram. But if you do have symptoms, you may see thickening or lumps in the breast, nipple sores, dimpling skin in the breast, red swollen breasts, pain that isn’t related to your menstrual cycle and change in the size of your breast.

Heart disease

The leading cause of death of women in Australia is cardiovascular disease, which includes stroke, blood vessel disease and heart disease. Around 20 Australian women die of coronary heart disease every day.

The risk of heart disease may increase in some women when they become pregnant. At this stage, the body goes through a lot of stress. Complications involving pregnancy such as high blood pressure can increase cardiovascular risk in women.

Ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer is the eighth most common cancer affecting women in Australia and occurs from a malignant tumour in the ovaries. There are many types of ovarian cancer, although the most common is epithelial ovarian cancer (which accounts for 90% of all cases).

The symptoms of ovarian cancer are difficult to detect, but some of them include indigestion, abdominal bloating, frequent urination and irregularities in the menstrual cycle. Speak to a medical professional if you experience any of these symptoms.

Gynaecological issues

Throughout the menstrual cycle, bleeding and discharge are very usual to experience. But there are some other symptoms to watch out for. Bleeding between menstruation and urinating frequently may be indicative of unhealthy gynaecological issues that require medical attention.

This may include sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or reproductive tract cancer (gynecologic cancer). If this is not addressed immediately, very mild infections could evolve into more serious conditions such as kidney failure or infertility.

Issues with pregnancy

If you’re experiencing any pre-existing conditions such as depression, anxiety, diabetes or asthma, they can worsen when you become pregnant. This may not only affect your health but the health of your child.

For example, pregnancy can cause amenia (namely, a woman’s red blood cell count to fall). This may intensify the symptoms of depression. Statistics also indicate that in 1 in 3 women will experience a worsening of their asthmas when becoming pregnant. Women often do experience breathlessness during their pregnancy, even they aren’t asthmatic.

Speak to a gynaecologist and obstetrician to discuss your health issues

If you’re experiencing any gynaecological or pregnancy issues, or are wondering how to prepare for your pregnancy, please get in touch with Dr Caroline Hoggenmueller.

Dr Caroline is a compassionate specialist gynaecologist & obstetrician based in Melbourne, with rooms in Bundoora and the Mercy Hospital for Women in Heidelberg. She has a passion for women’s health and is committed to helping you get through what’s often a very stressful time in any woman’s life.

Book now and in most cases, you can receive an appointment as early as next week.

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