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What are different Women’s Health Issues? – Part 1

• Today, most females are worried about a large number of women’s health issues.
• Women today strive to keep themselves healthier and happier.
• Weight is definitely at the top of women’s health issues.
• To avoid illnesses like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis and other ailments, women should try to maintain an ideal body weight.
• Ovarian and breast cancer are women’s health issues that many women are concerned about.
• Improved treatment and early detection helps improve the survival rate.
• Ovarian cancer is always a women’s health issue.
• Ovarian cancer is harder to detect in early stages than breast cancer.
• Pregnancy seems to be among the women’s health issues.
• The most common causes of female infertility are ovarian issues or blocked Fallopian tubes.

There are so many other areas of women’s health issues such as:
• Breast Problems
• Irregular periods
• Cystitis
• Menopause
• Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
• Endometriosis
• Miscarriage
• Pregnancy
• Fat around the Middle
• Fibroids
• No periods
• Prolapse
• Heavy periods
• Osteoporosis
• Thrush
• Hysterectomy
• Ovarian Cysts
• Vaginal Infections
• Infertility
• Painful periods
• Weight Control

We will discuss Pre Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) here.

Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS)

What is PMS?
• Premenstrual Syndrome which is more commonly referred to as PMS can be described as a very common condition that affects most women, when they are going through the ovulation process.
• There are several signs and symptoms experienced by women during this period.
• Most of them can be quite unpleasant.
• A woman going through PMS usually goes through a combination of physical, psychological, emotional and mood disturbances soon after the ovulation period.

Symptoms of Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS)
• Social withdrawal
• Fatigue
• Bloating (due to fluid retention)
• Weight gain
• Breast tenderness
• Acne
• Sleep disturbances with sleeping too much or too little (insomnia), and
• Appetite changes with overeating or food cravings

Causes for Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
• Poor Dietary Habits
• Depression
• Hormonal Changes
• Stress
• Brain Chemical Changes
• Anger and irritability
• Anxiety
• Tension
• Crying
• Over-sensitivity
• Exaggerated mood swings

Diagnosis of PMS
• The most helpful diagnostic tool is the menstrual diary.
• If the changes occur consistently around ovulation (mid-cycle, or days 7-10 into the menstrual cycle) and persist until the menstrual flow begins, then PMS is probably the accurate diagnosis.
• The diagnosis of PMS can be difficult.
• Many medical and psychological conditions can mimic or worsen symptoms of PMS.
• There are no blood or laboratory tests to determine if a woman has PMS.
• When laboratory tests are performed, they are used to exclude other conditions that can mimic PMS.

General treatment of PMS
• Exercise.
• Family and friends can provide emotional support during the time of a woman’s cycle.
• Avoid salt before the menstrual period.
• Reduce caffeine intake.
• Quit smoking.
• Reduce alcohol intake.
• Reduce intake of refined sugars.

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