Women are at a higher risk of developing certain diseases than men and bear exclusive health concerns such as breast cancer, cervical cancer, menopause, and pregnancy. To make things worse, most women’s health conditions go undiagnosed and are at times identified in the later stages, where treatments can be costly.
Woman Health Issues
Cardiovascular diseases are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality among Malaysian women. According to the Cardiovascular Disease Registry in Malaysia (2011-2013), female patients have a higher in-hospital and 30-day mortality for acute coronary syndrome than male patients.
Added symptoms during menstruation may indicate serious health issues. Specific medical conditions that can affect the menstrual cycle are polycystic ovarian disease, uterine fibroids, and endometriosis. Endometriosis is the most common gynaecologic disorder, affecting nearly one in seven Malaysian women of the reproductive age group.
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer to hit Malaysian women, with one in 19 are at risk of diagnosis. In 2003, 40% of all new cases reported were already at the advanced stages of the disease. The two most common types of breast cancer are Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC) and Invasive Lobular Carcinoma (ILC).
Ovarian and cervical cancer affect 5.9 and 6.8 out of 100,000 Malaysian women. Ovarian cancer starts in the fallopian tubes while cervical cancer originates in the lower uterus. Both condition cause similar pain and vague symptoms.
Osteoporosis affects 200 million women worldwide, and in Malaysia, the prevalence of osteoporosis was at 24.1% in 2005. Predominantly affecting the hip, osteoporosis affects Malaysian women more than men.
Issues during pregnancy may impact the health of both mother and child. Conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and depression are among the various problems that may arise and be harmful if not managed properly.
The amount of weight you gain during pregnancy is vital for your pregnancy and your baby’s long-term health.
A miscarriage is the loss of a baby before the 20th week of pregnancy due to various medical reasons – many of which aren’t within a person’s control.
Amniotic fluid embolism is most likely to occur during delivery or in the immediate postpartum period. It is a rare and serious condition when amniotic fluid surrounding a baby in the uterus during pregnancy enters the mother’s bloodstream.
Most new mothers experience postpartum baby blues after childbirth, including mood swings, crying spells, anxiety and difficulty sleeping. It begins two or three days after delivery and may last up to two weeks.