Women’s life stage health issues.
Because of the uniqueness of the female anatomy and its design to bear children, women often have special health needs. In addition, certain diseases and health conditions are unique to females. Some are unique to females at different life stages, too. There are four main stages to a woman’s life. There’s adolescence, the childbearing years, midlife and senior adulthood. Each has its own unique health concerns and challenges. Visit Family First Healthcare in Lavonia, Georgia today!
The period of life between puberty and adulthood is a critical period for young women. Reaching sexual maturity includes hormonal and physical changes that can have profound effects on a teen girl’s self-esteem, self-confidence, body image and social life. Girls often need help with issues such as the onset of menstruation, physical changes and growing pains. Issues may include everything from acne to managing periods to birth control and even STDs. About 5% to 10% of adolescent females have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition caused when a woman’s hormones are out of balance and too much male hormone is present.
Your reproductive health is most important during your 20s and 30s, the primary childbearing years. Many women experience menstrual problems such as irregular periods, excessive bleeding and vulvodynia (“feminine pain”) during these years. Other health-related issues include:
- Vaginitis (vaginal infection & discharge)
- Interstitial cystitis
- Pap tests (screening for cervical cancer)
- Pelvic pain
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Vulvodynia (“feminine pain”)
Midlife & menopause.
Menopause, the end of menstruation and fertility, occurs in most women between ages 45 and 55. While menopause is a natural biological process and not a medical illness, it does have symptoms that can disrupt a woman’s life and sap her energy. Here are the more common symptoms, which can be experienced alone or in combination:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Aches & pains
- Crawling or itching sensations under the skin
- Vaginal dryness
- Diminished sex drive
- More frequent urinary urges
- Tiredness, fatigue, irritability
- Difficulty sleeping
- Reduced self-esteem
Senior women’s health revolves around many issues that are neither simply medical nor medically simple. Greater Atlanta Family Healthcare offers comprehensive care that emphasizes the identification, correction and prevention of adult women’s health problems. We’ll evaluate, treat and educate you about the health issues most often seen in senior adult females, issues such as:
- Postmenopausal problems
- Arthritis & joint pain
- Coronary heart disease
- Urinary incontinence
Please notify us if…
If you or a family member has symptoms of vaginitis or any other female condition, talk to us. If your symptoms last longer than one week, worsen despite treatment or you have unusual vaginal bleeding or swelling, call us.