Maintaining your health and wellbeing is as important as caring for others. Women’s health matters from adolescent to elderly. There are many changes throughout a woman’s life that range from menstruation to child bearing and to menopause and getting old.
Health issues range from physical, mental and behavioural. Young adolescents face numerous problems such as period pains, weight gain, acne and school stress. Unsafe sex and early pregnancy are concerns.
Sexual and reproductive health problems are responsible for one third of health issues for women between the ages of 15 and 44 years.
Sexually transmitted infections are common and the GP will support you and advise you and direct you where to go to get specific tests other than tests that are provided in the clinic.
When pregnant, It is important for you and your baby’s health to see the GP to ensure to prevent problems and to stay healthy.
Two of the most common cancers affecting women are breast and cervical cancers. Detecting both these cancers early is key to keeping women alive and healthy.
Anxiety and depression is common among women at any age. There are some physical problems that cannot be explained medically eg, IBS, ME, headaches etc. Your GP will listen to and take your concerns seriously and give you advice.
You and your children may be in a situation where you are experiencing Domestic Violent and/or Mental abuse. Your GP will support you and guide you on where to get help.
Anxiety, stress and depression is common and many women can turn to alcohol or food or other substances for comfort. This may seem to alleviate the pain but the substance misuse can lead to serious health concerns. There is help available for you and your first port of call is to see the GP. The GP is highly trained and sympathetic in these circumstances. Don’t suffer alone. Talk to your GP
As women become old their bodies can experience problems with their joints, such as bone degeneration, sight and hearing problems. Other related issues are loneliness, dementia and some older women also have a higher risk of abuse and general poor health.