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A Woman's Guide To Better Health



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Women often overlook their sense of well-being as they focus more on the important people in their life, such as children, partner, and siblings. For many people, men as well as women, going to seek the help of a medical professional is the last resort, either through fear, shame or the embarrassment of asking a 'silly' question. You need to overcome all of these thoughts as it is important to deal with any current or possible health issues as soon as possible. It is time to take care of yourself, and to ensure you are as fit and healthy as possible for the roles you play, be that mother, partner, and also to help you enjoy life in general.


Screening tests

There are some tests every woman should go through at least once a year. The most important of these are the screening checks necessary to reduce the risk of cancer. These include smear tests in your cervix, mammograms for your breasts and colonoscopies for your colon. Other regular tests include those for cholesterol, sugar levels, and anemia.

Pregnancy

Whether you are pregnant now, or you want children in the future, you need to ensure your pregnancy is going to be a healthy one. For example, you need to stop smoking and drinking to reduce the risk of miscarriage or congenital disabilities. Eating healthily, taking prenatal vitamins and exercising regularly to ensure your body's fitness are all vital steps you need to take.

Alternatively, if you are not ready to have children, see your doctor for advice on birth control.

Pre-menopause

Around the age of 50, a woman's estrogen level drops and with it the possibility of getting pregnant. Pre-menopause symptoms occur around the ages of 30 and 40. These include hot flushes, fatigue and irregular periods, and can last between four and ten years. There are many ways to alleviate these symptoms, including a change in diet, resting regularly and cognitive behavioral therapy for those suffering from low moods.

Your heart

The biggest cause of death among women is cardiovascular disease. Statistically, women are more likely to get this than breast cancer. Following the menopause, the risk of heart disease increases. To reduce your chances, lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking and exercising on a regular basis is important, as well as seeing your doctor for cholesterol and blood pressure checks.

Mental health

When looking after other people, and balancing the pressure between family and work, your mind will be emotionally affected, and you may find yourself becoming low and stressed. Being emotional does not have to be hormonal, and if you find yourself crying more than normal, or feel anxious and sad without reason, these symptoms suggest you may have depression. Medication can be useful in restoring the balance in your mind, but then so will exercising often and eating the right foods. Ensure you take time out each day to do the things you enjoy and remember it is okay to say 'no' sometimes when people make demands on you.

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