Helpful Facts on Feminine Health
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What No One Is Talking About (But Should Be) in Women’s Healthcare
You might consider yourself pretty well informed when it comes to women’s health. After all, you’re a woman! What’s there to learn that you haven’t already cramped, cried, and powered your way through? The answers might surprise you. Here are a few of Oohvie’s favorite women’s health facts to help you on your way to a healthier you.
- More than 10 million women a year suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding. Oftentimes, a blood disorder is the root culprit.
- Your gut is gender-sensitive. IBS affects twice as many women as men — a number that is actually higher when you take into account the GI issues women face when pregnant.
- Your uterus may be delicate, but it’s mighty. The average contraction has 1,938kg of pressure behind it — that’s more than a hydraulic engine!
- Next time you’re at the gym, really go for it. Women have amazing stamina. Studies show a woman’s metabolism is more efficient, making for 75% more stamina than men.
- Pregnancy is more dangerous than you think. About 30 out of 100,000 women experience a stroke while giving birth.
- Do you use tampons? Limit your risk of toxic shock syndrome by staying away from the super absorbent variety.
- Careful with repetitive motion, especially in your hands and wrists. Women are twice as likely to experience Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
- Be careful what you wear this summer. Yeast infections run wild in the warmer months. Wear breathable clothing and undergarments to limit your risk of infection.
- HPV has over 14 million new cases each year, proven to cause 70% of cervical cancers.
- It’s normal for your breasts to “not match.” Unless you’ve had a boob job, chances are you’re an asymmetrical wonder, just like the rest of us.
- To prevent premature skin aging, make sure to use skin care products that are labeled “hypoallergenic”, “fragrance free” or “non-comedogenic.” Avoid using products that sting or burn your skin, as irritating your skin can make it look older.
- Studies have shown that moderate to vigorous physical activity is linked with lower breast cancer risk. Adults are recommended to get at least 150 to 300 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 to 100 minutes of vigorous intensity activity each week.
- Whether it’s the stretching of your muscles or the relaxing effect of the poses, regular yoga practice has shown to help relieve menstrual cramps.
- Studies have found that diabetes affects women differently than men. Understanding more about the symptoms unique to women will help you identify diabetes and get treatment early.