Women’s Common Body Issues and Treatments

Let’s look at some of the common health problems women face that men either won’t face or are much less likely to have to deal with. Then we’ll show you how each one of these can be treated, so you know what to do if you ever experience any of them. Of course, any serious health issues need to be brought up to your doctor for professional medical advice.

Incontinence

Loss of bladder control can be very embarrassing, but it affects a large number of women, particularly during pregnancy and menopause. There are some simple treatments that can be used to deal with the issue. In many cases, the best solution is a change of habits or lifestyle, making sure that you urinate frequently, eat healthy and try not to stress. But there are some exercises you can do as well to physically change the problem. Kegel exercises are most often recommended, but any pelvic floor workout is going to help the situation. For more drastic cases, where these measures won’t be enough, it may be necessary to resort to medication or surgery.

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Bacterial Vaginosis

This vaginal infection is caused by changes in bacteria levels. When you have too much unhealthy bacteria in your body, it can create unpleasant odors, sores and irregular discharges that may be troublesome to deal with. To treat the pain, you can use a hot compress on the affected area, but to make the problem actually go away, you need to get your bacteria levels to where they are supposed to be. You can do that in a few ways, like eating more yogurt or even applying yogurt directly to the affected area. One of the better home remedies is soaking in bath water that includes 2 cups of apple cider vinegar. It may be necessary to use medication for bacterial vaginosis if these at-home remedies are not enough.

Uterine Fibroids

Women of childbearing age may experience noncancerous tumors known as uterine fibroids. These can be uncomfortable, but they aren’t really dangerous, and they are caused by hormonal changes in the body. They grow slowly over time and should shrink and disappear after hormone levels start to return to normal.

The most common treatment for fibroids is hormonal medications, such as Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists or a Progestin-releasing intrauterine device. It may also be perfectly reasonable to wait and allow the fibroids to go away on their own, if they are not causing too much inconvenience or discomfort. Additionally, there are surgeries, both of the invasive and noninvasive varieties, that can be performed to get rid of them faster.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Cysts can form on the ovaries when the female body starts to produce more male hormones than it normally should. That often occurs in overweight people, those who have high blood sugar or who are at risk for diabetes. The most common way to treat this problem is to take up new dietary habits and exercise more. Simply lowering the amount of body fat can make the cysts go away quickly, as the body gets back to where it is supposed to be. There are numerous medications that can help as well, such as oral contraceptives and insulin-sensitizing agents.

Amie Scott

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