Optimizing Women’s Reproductive Health By Awareness Of Important Health Issues
Women’s reproductive health issues encompass more aspects than in previous generations. In today’s society, women are more likely to consider health issues such as AIDS/HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases as compared to generations before us. Women’s reproductive health is also affected by environmental factors such as lifestyle, exercise and fitness.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are of utmost concern because some STDs remain dormant and do not exhibit any symptoms or signs of their presence. As humans, we look for signs of illness which trigger us to seek medical advice.
With silent STDs it is possible that a woman go infected for years before becoming aware of it and thus obtaining necessary treatment. Women can circumvent this from occurring by visiting their medical professional of choice once a year for a pap smear. Additionally, women can seek the advice of a medical professional if and when one establishes a new sexual partner or anytime one wishes to be tested for STDs.
AIDS/HIV is an issue that affects a woman’s reproductive health greatly. Not only is AIDS/HIV a virus that one does not want to contract, but this virus can most likely postpone a woman’s plans of having children and is therefore a virus that women should become educated about. Practicing safe sex is obviously the first step in preventing oneself from contracting AIDS/HIV, but learning about other ways of contracting it can be helpful as well.
Environmental factors greatly affect a woman’s reproductive abilities. For example, smoking causes various health related ailments, but it can also be detrimental to a woman who is seeking to become pregnant and carry a healthy child to its birth. Women who may not smoke but who are around smokers also bear an added health risk that can impact the health of their pregnancy overall.
Eating habits, exercise and fitness contribute to a woman’s overall reproductive health as well. Ideally, women should be adhering to a healthy diet before, during and after a pregnancy. This helps establish and sustain the proper nutrients that a child needs while in the womb.
Exercise is recommended at all ages. However, women may become more aware of their overall physique when preparing to become pregnant. Women can easily transition into an aggressive fitness regimen post-childbirth if they have sustained a normal exercise regimen before the pregnancy.
Ultimately, women’s health issues are vast when considering reproductive health. Women can lessen their worries about health issues by visiting their medical professional yearly for a pap smear as well as asking him/her any questions that may be of particular concern at that time.
Medical professionals are trained to discuss these topics with their patients as well as recommend tests or programs to assist patients in becoming healthier individuals.
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