It is safe to say that gender barriers when it comes to societal, cultural and political opportunities have been demolished throughout the years. In this day and age, both men and women are given equal opportunities to excel in any field. Chauvinistic assumptions are frowned upon in our times, and discriminatory gestures are rightfully condemned as abominable acts. There still remain, however, some biological concerns that are strictly gender-based. We may have experienced significant progress in changing society, but there are some things that are beyond our control.
It’s quite hard to be a woman sometimes. The inconvenience of having to endure a monthly cycle and the difficulties associated with pregnancy are just some of the things that the males of our specie will never get to experience, which is quite fortunate for them. These rather exclusive pains pave the way for even more saddening health-related woes.
Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Though not every woman has to deal with painful pre-menstrual symptoms, a good number of females the world over have to endure them each and every month. The gravity of the pain ranges from slight discomforts to unbearable feelings. Menstrual cramps, nausea, uncontrollable regurgitation, diarrhea and fatigue are just a few of the symptoms that become manifest during that time of the month. Physical pain and inconveniences aren’t the only things involved with PMS however.
Often, women suffer severe mood swings that leave a lot of them experiencing all manners of depression. If the symptoms become very severe, it is advised that treatment be resorted to. Nutritional and Osteopathic therapies, medicinal and herbal sedatives, as well as acupuncture have worked wonders for many PMS sufferers around the world.
Eventually, a woman would reach an age when her menstrual cycle would cease. Though this would mean that she’ll be free of the unwanted symptoms associated with PMS, menopause brings with it a new set of discomforts and pain. This includes frequent headaches, occasional shortness of breath, nausea, fatigue, joint and muscle pains, insomnia, depression, irritability and a slew of other inexplicable behavioral shifts. The culprit for these is the production of estrogen which continues even after the last menstrual cycle. Menopause symptoms can be treated through botanical medication, vitamin and mineral supplements, regular exercise and deep breathing routines.
Vaginitis is more famously, or infamously, known as yeast infection. A woman suffering from vaginitis would experience a yellowish, odorous discharge in her reproductive system. This is usually accompanied by irritation and mild to unbearable pain. There are a lot of causes for vaginitis.
Among them are antibiotics, Vitamin B deficiency, obesity, pregnancy, diabetes, oral contraceptives and improper vaginal cleaning that tends to deviate from the normal pH level of the female organ. Vaginitis can be treated through counter substances that can be prescribed by a gynecologist. Over the counter treatment includes acidophilus, a harmless bacteria in yogurt form which would counteract the infection after a period of prescribed application.
This is perhaps the biggest fear of most females. One out of two thousand females are said to suffer from breast cancer. But though this statistic is a genuine cause for alarm, it should be noted that 8 out of 10 breast cancer cases are non-malignant. It is imperative that medical help should be sought as soon as an irregular lump is discovered. Breast cancer can be treated through hormonal therapy if it is reported early. If it is in its advanced stage, surgery is the only option.
This can only be detected through an ovarian examination as can be performed by a gynecologist. The cause for this disease, again, is the buildup of estrogen. This hormone somehow endangers women by causing the formation of tumors within the uterine wall. If detected early, ovarian cysts can be treated through holistic therapy. Otherwise, much like breast cancer, surgery would be required, which may entail the removal of the uterus (hysterectomy).
Clearly, it isn’t really easy being a woman, with all the things that constantly endanger their health. But females are the mothers of the world, and in their womb, life is formed. This fact alone should compel society to respect them for who they are and what they mean to everyone in this world.