The Top 5 Women’s Health Issues

No one can argue against the fact that being a woman is tough sometimes (or all the time, let’s be honest). Though womanhood comes with plenty of rewards, the unique challenges can feel impossible to navigate sometimes.

There is good news, though. Many women’s health issues are preventable or treatable, so you can overcome your symptoms. Dr. Padma Sripada, our lead physician at Columbia Internal Medicine in Castleton, New York, helps many female patients through common health issues and refers out to her expert network of women’s health doctors for specialized treatment.

Here are a few of the top health concerns for women to be aware of. 

1. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Experts estimate that up to 80% of women of reproductive age experience PMS symptoms. PMS has become so normalized that it’s often seen as a joking matter, but it can actually be very damaging. Some women get PMS symptoms that sideline them for days.

If you have severe PMS every month, talk to Dr. Sripada, as you may have an underlying condition such as endometriosis or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

2. Pregnancy, labor, and delivery

Pregnancy and childbirth are magical! It’s a time filled with light and love for many mommas-to-be. However, pregnancy, labor, and delivery all come with potential complications. When you start your pregnancy journey, enlisting the help of an obstetrician you love is key. If and when that time comes for you, Dr. Sripada can refer you to an expert OB/GYN.

3. Reproductive health complications

Women face many health issues related to their reproductive organs, including the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, and vagina. Common complications, such as endometriosis, PCOS, uterine fibroids, and sexually transmitted diseases, affect millions of women worldwide. 

4. Menopause

A unique issue women face later in life, menopause brings a host of challenges. Most women battle symptoms such as hot flashes, disturbed sleep, weight gain, hair loss, and mood changes. While these symptoms are totally normal, that doesn’t mean you have to just ride them out.

You can get treated for menopause symptoms to make this period of life more manageable. Dr. Sripada can help you navigate menopause and start treatments that are right for you. 

5. Mental health

Though many of the issues women face are physical, a number of mental health issues affect women, too. In particular, depression and anxiety are common among women.

The World Health Organization reports that women are more likely than men to report physical symptoms that can’t be expressly identified. Normalizing mental health care and picking up self-care and mindfulness practices that work for you are key to a healthy life.

To learn more about women’s health or embark on a treatment plan for your health concerns, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sripada. You can call our office at 518-223-9630 or email our friendly receptionist.

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