Women’s Health

Women’s health refers to health issues specific to human female anatomy. These often relate to structures such as female genitalia and breasts or to conditions caused by hormones specific to, or most notable in, females.

Homoeopathy is truly a friend to women and can offer good health in all stages of their lives from infancy through old age. It is beneficial for the full range of emotional, mental and physical problems that a woman is likely to experience, and can help her through the transitional and developmental milestones of her life.

Blame it on changing lifestyle or lesser body resistance; women’s growing health issues are catching everyone’s eyes. A woman’s body usually prepares for pregnancy about every 28 days. Her cycle begins on the first day of bleeding and continues to the first day of the next menstrual period. Every woman’s body is unique. For some, a cycle is as short as 21 days or as long as 35 days, and for some women, each cycle is different from the previous. What is irregular for one woman may be normal for another.

How much blood flow is considered normal? Doctors consider about 30 to 80 milliliters (2 tablespoons to about 1/3 cup) normal; anything less or more than that could be considered abnormal menstrual bleeding.

Irregular menstruation and abnormal menstrual bleeding fall into several different categories.

Amenorrhea is the failure to start menstruation during puberty or cessation of menstruation. Some of the normal causes of amenorrhea are pregnancy, lactation and menopause.

Dysmenorrhea is the medical term for menstrual cramps. “Primary dysmenorrhea” is not caused by an underlying medical condition and generally begins when a girl first starts having her period. “Secondary dysmenorrhea” typically occurs later in life and is the result of a problem with the woman’s reproductive system.

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Menorrhagia is excessive, dysfunctional uterine bleeding that occurs as a normal part of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Blood flow may be high in volume (over 80 milliliters—about 1/3 cup) and may last longer than a normal period (usually eight to ten days).

Other Female Disorders are:

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome – Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common female endocrine disorders. PCOS produces symptoms in approximately 5% to 10% of women of reproductive age (12–45 years old). It is thought to be one of the leading causes of female sub-fertility and the most frequent endocrine problem in women of reproductive age.

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Uterine Fibroids Fibroids (also called myomas) are non-cancerous growths in or on the muscular wall of the womb (the myometrium). They can vary in number and size, according to the individual. Fibroids are a common problem among many women, but you may hardly realize it since they often produce no symptoms. Some fibroids can be as small as a pea, but others can be as large as a seven- or eight-month-old foetus.

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Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, is a group of physical and emotional symptoms that occur in the latter half of the menstrual cycle following ovulation. Symptoms, which can include backache, bloating, irritability and headache, are typically most intense during the seven days prior to the start of menses.

Endometriosis – a condition involving colonization of the abdominal/pelvic cavity with islands of endometrial tissue. Endometrium is the lining layer of the uterus which sloughs off with each menstruation. If endometrial tissue flushes up the uterine tube and spills into the abdomen (peritoneal cavity), the clots of endometrial tissue can attach to abdominal organs such as the bladder, rectum, intestinal loops and then cycle along with the uterus in response to monthly changes in ovarian hormones. Bleeding into the abdomen irritates the lining membrane, the peritoneum, and causes abdominal pain.

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) – although males have a closed abdominal cavity, the female abdominal cavity has a direct anatomical path from the outside world via the female reproductive tract. Bacteria can make their way up the vagina, through the uterus, and traverse the uterine tubes which open into the abdominal cavity. Inflammation of the lining of the abdominal cavity, the peritoneum, causes abdominal pain. Although there are many potential causes of PID, gonorrheal infection is one of them. Chronic Inflammation of the uterine tubes can occlude them resulting in infertility.

Vaginal Discharges – Although vaginal discharge is healthy, on occasions you may have discharge with traces of blood, even when you are not having your periods. This is not normal, consult your doctor if this happens. Additionally excessive discharge, change in color of discharge, bad smelling discharge or discharge accompanied with a burning sensation, itchiness and irritation in or around your Vagina are all signs of a condition called vaginitis.

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