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Monday, April 9, 2018

Women Health #WomenIssues

Health of women across the globe has always been compromised due to traditional and cultural practices along with gender bias especially in patriarchal societies. In developing nations, pregnant mothers in low-income families are taken often neglected, and hence deliver babies with low birth weight and poor health. In addition to that, post-delivery anemia is common among such mothers during their lactation period. In India, in many traditional homes belonging to low and middle income groups women health and nutrition is neglected especially after delivering a girl child.  According to WHO, in 21 out of 41 countries with data, more than one third of girls belonging to the age group of 15 to 19 years are anemic. Reason behind their vulnerability to anaemia is due to insufficient iron in their diets, menstrual blood loss in periods of rapid growth. Another reason of poor health among women is low socio-economic status, domestic violence, rape and sexual abuse. Studies claim that women are more vulnerable to STDs and HIV infection than men. 
WHO stated that women worldwide are more susceptible to depression than men, which is found to be the leading cause of disease burden in low, middle and high-income countries. More than half a million women across the globe die due to cervical cancer and half a million of them die due to breast cancer. The reason behind high deaths is due to unavailability of screening, prevention and treatment in developing nations. In addition to that most of the aged women suffer and die from cancer or cardiovascular diseases than men irrespective of the country they live in. 
As mentioned on Time.com India tops the chart for top ten countries with high stress rates for women. The possible reason behind it might be overburden of responsibilities on them. Many working women are loaded with responsibilities of their in-laws, husbands and children along with their jobs, which poses a threat of high stress on them. Due to this, they tend to neglect their own health and nutrition-intake. Also, traditionally women used to engage less in physical activities like walking, running etc, which is changing now. However, even today many in-laws or parents demotivate women in their homes to exercise. They associate joining gym with body-building, and getting muscular bodies, and associate running to unnecessary weight loss activity. Learning to swim is considered a pointless activity in many homes. Some traditional homes in backward areas do not allow their female members to engage in any sort of fitness activity either due to the rule of obligatory Hijab or Ghoonghat outside home, or because of the street Romeos loitering around.

Women health is as important as men-health. In a country like India, where women on one hand are worshiped as Goddess, and are looked upon as a nurturer in the family, taking care of everybody’s well-being, their health take a backseat in the process. I would like to render one message to every woman reading this, take care of yourself first and to every man who loves his woman, never let her ignore herself.

P.S. Belonging to metropolitan city of India, prior to coming here, I had noticed more women engaging in fitness activities like jogging, walking or yoga than before. I even saw one women, jogging in saree. I think it is the time, when women should focus more on their health than succumbing themselves to imprudent traditional practices.

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  2. Great topic shesha.I would like to add one point which I experienced latly. It's not only physical health which is compromised during pregnancy but mental health too and there is POST PARTUM DEPRESSION syndrome which many of us suffer from specially metropolitan city girls due to lack of family support in raising a child. And me being medical professionl I have seen women do not get treatment for this in 3rd world countries like ours.
    So if any one find new mom depressed esply after 5/6 months post partum , Thu should help that strong women who needs more love and support thn the new born baby..coz she is as wel a new fragile baby

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    1. Thankyou Charu, yes I have read about post pregnancy depression. Thankyou for adding it here, we should talk about such issues more, so soon to be mothers and new mothers know about it and can address it as and when required!

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  3. There is less common knowledge about women's health, both physical and mental. At times like pregnancy, maybe the gynaecologist might help share some knowledge, but then for other aspects such as breast cancer awareness, intimate hygiene and others, there is not much being done.

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    1. True CRD, I always make sure to talk about women health, issues, discrimination with fellow females and male friends whenever it is a topic in discussion. Without talking about it, its impossible to spread related awareness. We need to educate ourselves and then educate men and women both around us about these thing so that they can support each other.

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  4. I completely agree. Women health has been neglected for a long time now. Having seen the after effects in close family circle I can understand how important it is for woman to take care of themselves. It all comes crashing on them once they start to age. Well written.

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    1. Thankyou Raj, you are very right, it start becoming visible once women start ageing. I hope those women, who are neglecting their health somehow read this or some other health related stuff and pay attention to their lifestyle for better health in long run.

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  5. Society is responsible for this awful condition. Women health should not be neglected.

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  6. Women's health is grossly neglected not only by women themselves but by their families as well. I see most women ignoring their problems and continue to work and stop only when it is beyond their endurance. Awareness for health issues - physical and mental - is a major issue, less in cities but more in rural areas!

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  7. Women's health is a major concern, this problem is basically because a women is expected to take care of everyone's needs in the family and she is glorified as the ideal women who rises earlier than everyone else in the family, eats the leftovers and goes to bed after completing all the tasks. Hence women are made to believe that she has to serve the family first and thus in the process of living up to everyone's expectations she eats last, and does not really take care of herself. Things are getting better, but at a snails pace...

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    1. I think some mothers have brought the change by telling their daughters to take care of themselves first. Its happening, but as you said, at slow pace.

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  8. Glad things are changing now, and women's health is getting the attention it needs. One, women themselves are coming forward; and two, many men are able to understand and support women.
    (My latest blog post - The Instant lifestyle - http://bit.ly/TT-Instant)

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  9. Great topic and you have explained the things in the very best way.

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  10. First of all we need to educate women also for their health....they need to understand if they will compromise their health for family...then at the end only she is going to suffer....I rewrequ to all women that be little bit srlfise and do take care of your health

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  11. If you don't ever slow down, the physiological adjustments and the stress symptoms persist. It is this persistence of the body's response that matters. You may develop physical, physiological or psychological problems, and may not be able to lead a normal life.learn more now

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