Gender and Health Differences

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Women’s Health

Increasingly, medical researchers are finding that when it comes to the health and well-being of men and women, there is indeed a difference. That’s why it’s important to find trusted sources of information that report the latest health findings and directives geared specifically toward women.

Gender and Health Differences

It's important to differentiate between men’s and women’s health issues because women face a variety of health concerns during their lives that men do not. Women are also at higher risk for many shared conditions, such as heart disease, osteoporosis, depression and sexually transmitted diseases. Awareness of these health challenges is important, as knowledge is the first step toward prevention and treatment.

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  • Health news sites such as HealthScout and ScienceDaily have pages devoted to women’s health where you can keep up with the latest headlines.

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Women’s Wellness

In many cases, disease prevention starts with taking care of you. That includes having a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and exercising regularly. Though these things might not sound difficult to do, the reality is that with all the daily pressures women face, it’s not always easy to take care of the little things. In this section learn about the elements of wellness and how to make sure they’re part of your routine.

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Women’s Reproductive Health

A woman’s reproductive health can have a profound influence on her well-being. These sites discuss different aspects of reproduction, such as the conditions that can affect the uterus, fertility, birth control, pregnancy and menopause.

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  • Even if having children isn’t in your plans, it’s important to keep your reproductive system healthy. According to the Cleveland Clinic, regular screenings and treating diseases are important for good health.

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Health Issues for Women

Osteoporosis is one of many conditions that are more likely to affect women than men. With other conditions, women have different symptoms than men. Learn more about common conditions and how they can affect women in this section.

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  • Many of the topics addressed below do not appear exclusively in women, but rather affect women in different ways than they do men. Some occur in women with greater frequency, such as multiple sclerosis, whereas others may have symptoms that are specific to women.
  • For more information on reproductive health issues, such as uterine cancer, endometriosis or sexually transmitted infections, see this guide’s “Reproductive Health” section.

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Women’s Mental Health

Men and women both suffer from emotional and psychological problems, though women are diagnosed with anxiety disorders and depression more often than men, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health policy organization. Below are links to learn about common mental health disorders. Domestic violence prevention resources can also be found in this section. Women who are in abusive situations are at risk for depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues according to the National Women’s Health Information Center.

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  • Depression is a treatable, common illness and not “female weakness” or a “normal part of being a woman,” according to Mental Health America.

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