Let’s Talk: Women’s Health
Women’s health can be complicated and sometimes overlooked - here you can find symptoms of certain female health complications or illnesses.
Hormone imbalances can produce a variety of symptoms, these include:
- Irregular periods
- Abnormal hair growth
- Feeling very lethargic
- Weight gain/loss
- Menopausal symptoms
Most hormone levels can be checked through a simple blood test - something Qured doctors can provide for you. Checking hormone levels provides peace of mind and is the first step to addressing any issues you may have. Get in touch with our team to book a GP appointment with us if you are concerned.
There are a few natural ways to balance your hormones - all of which contribute to an overall healthy lifestyle. These include:
- Eat enough protein at every meal
- Engage in regular exercise
- Avoid sugar and refined carbs
- Consume healthy fats
- Avoid overeating and undereating
While it is not just women that can be subject to STIs, often symptoms for women are less obvious. It is highly recommended to have a full sexual health check every 6 months if you do not have a regular partner and having casual sex. If you have lots of sexual partners, this increases to a recommended sexual health check every 3 months.
Sexual health checks can be done at sexual health clinics, GUM clinics and through online organisations.
It is worth noting that STIs can be passed from male to female, female to female and male to male.
Only 1 in 7 couples have trouble conceiving, however it is often a very emotional process and not commonly talked about. 84% of couples conceive naturally within the first year of trying - this increases to 92% after two years, and 93% after three years. Conception investigations happen after one year of trying - the first step for investigation is by booking a GP appointment.
The Need for Bloodtests
There are 4 key blood tests that are recommended for women to have regularly. The recommended blood tests are:
- Blood sugar tests This checks your glucose levels and should be done once a year. This is to check for diabetes and prediabetes
- Liquid panel This is used to assess your heart disease risk. Only needed regularly if you have diabetes or an increased risk of heart disease
- Thyroid-stimulating hormone and T4 test This test can check the production of hormones and check your thyroid is working correctly
- Vitamin D test A lack of vitamin D can cause fatigue, and is essential for good bone health
The menopause occurs when a woman no longer has periods and her ovaries lose their reproductive function. Usually this occurs between ages 45 and 55 with the average age being 51. Common symptoms include:
- Hot flushes
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Urinary tract infections
- Low mood
- Lack of labido
You can ease symptoms through lifestyle management techniques such as: a healthy diet, regular exercise, stop smoking, drink within reason and make use of health screenings.
It is estimated that 1 in 2 women will get a UTI in their lifetime, with many getting repeat UTIs. The symptoms include a burning sensation when passing urine, frequent or intense urges to pee, dark or cloudy urine, feeling shaky and pain in the lower abdomen. Mild UTIs often resolve themselves, as long as you drink plenty of fluid. Most severe UTIs can be treated with a course of antibiotics - if you have the symptoms book a doctor visit or phone consultation to get treatment. It is important not to ignore a persistent UTI as they can develop into kidney infections.
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