The 6 Most Common Health Concerns for Women

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Throughout life, men and women will face warnings about a number of health issues. That said, there are some more common health concerns for women that men don't have to be as worried about. And, according to Dr. Kira Ryskina, assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine, the health issues that affect women are often a result of aging. Some of these include breast cancer, fertility issues, and cardiovascular health.

Here, a list of the most common health concerns among women to be on the lookout for, and what you can try to do to prevent them.

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1 Cardiovascular Health
Everyone knows the typical symptoms of a heart attack: your left side usually goes numb and tightness of the chest. However, the symptoms of a heart attack manifest differently on women. For some women, the symptoms leading to a heart attack can be something as common as nausea or slight discomfort. This usually leads to misdiagnosis or women being ignored by their doctors, says Dr. Ryskina. According to the American Heart Association, women tend to also feel pain on the jaw and shortness of breath. It’s important to remember that cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women, causing the death of 1 of 3 women each year.
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According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), , causing 1 in 3 women to die each year. Part of that, according to Ryskina, may be due to misdiagnosis.

When experiencing a heart attack, typically the left side goes numb and the chest tightens. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), however, the manifest differently on women, leading to misdiagnosis. The signs of a heart attack in women can include nausea, jaw pain, and slight discomfort.

2 Fertility Issues
It is now coming to light that more and more women are having issues with fertility. Celebrities, like Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian, are speaking out about miscarriages and their using treatments like IVF or surrogate to have children. More and more women are concerned about having children in their late 30’s, and open to the options of being able to conceive. Not only that, but women are starting to pay attention to their irregular periods and the painful side effects of something that happens to every woman. According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the reasons why women may be having issues with fertility are endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
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According to the CDC, about 10% of women between the ages of 15 and 44 have and/or staying pregnant. Some of the underlying reasons why women may be having are endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), according to the Mayo Clinic. But sometimes, unfortunately, there's just no explanation.

3 Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic syndrome is not a disease specifically, but rather a clustering of health markers, such as abdominal obesity, dyslipidemia, glucose intolerance, and hypertension, according to the Mayo Clinic. These markers could then lead to more serious conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and can predict if a person suffers from diabetes.
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is not a disease, but rather a clustering of health markers, such as abdominal obesity, dyslipidemia, glucose intolerance, and hypertension, according to the Mayo Clinic. These markers could then lead to more serious conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

4 Mental Health
According to the Office of Women’s Health, mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, and bipolar disease, affect more women than men. More than 1 in 5 women have reported suffering from some type of mental health issue. Mental health is also a little more unique in women due to the existence of postpartum depression — which new fathers can also develop — and depression tied to a woman’s period. Although unexpected, giving birth can trigger feelings of depression and detachment, preventing the mother from bonding with her child. Some women can also develop premenstrual dysphoric syndrome (PPD), which is a depression that’s tied to a woman’s cycle. The mood swings are much more severe than the typical ones that come before a woman’s period and can disrupt her everyday routine, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
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According to the Office of Women’s Health, conditions such as anxiety, depression, and bipolar disease affect more women than men. Mental health can also be a little more common in women due to the possibility of developing postpartum depression and depression tied to menstruation.

5 Breast Cancer
Breast health is probably one of those topics that all women have constantly in mind. According to the CDC, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, no matter the age or the race. Although there is a variety of factors that can cause the developing of cancer, the main factor is simply being a woman that is aging, which is an obvious reason to be concerned. However, there are now tests that can detect if you have a mutation that can be a probable cause of developing breast cancer. Early detection is key when it comes to battling this disease. According to the Mayo Clinic, women should start getting mammograms at age 40 and should continue to get them every year. However, your doctor may reccomend you start earlier if there are two or more women in your family that have been detected with breast cancer.
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According to the CDC, , no matter the age or the race. Although there is a variety of factors that can cause cancer, the main one is simply being an aging woman.

There are, however, tests that can detect if you have a mutation that could cause you to develop breast cancer. According to the Mayo Clinic, at age 40 and should continue to get them every year. Your doctor may recommend you start earlier if there are two or more women in your family that have been detected with breast cancer.

6 Autoimmune Illnesses
About 75 percent of the people diagnosed with an autoimmune illness are women. They are mainly genetic and tend to happen in clusters within families, according to the American Autoimmune Related Disease Association. This means that although they may not have the same disease, women within the same family may suffer from diseases categorized as autoimmune related, which includes lupus, diabetes, and arthritis.
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The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) reports that 75 percent of the people diagnosed with an are women. They are mainly genetic and tend to happen in clusters within families, according to the AAARDA. This means that although they may not have the same disease, women within the same family may suffer from diseases categorized as autoimmune related, which includes lupus, diabetes, and arthritis.

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