In the past several years, we have learned more and more about women’s health – and, more importantly, how the health of our bodies is very different from that of men. This has led to some shocking discoveries about how our healthcare systems are designed around men’s bodies, to the extent that it can actually put women’s lives at risk. For example, did you know that car crash dummies are always based on a male physique, making all our safety equipment geared towards protecting the average male body?
The problems go much deeper than this; I’m sure you have all experienced, or know someone who has experienced a doctor dismissing their health concerns. Migraines, high anxiety, and a multitude of aches and pains have all been explained away as ‘hormones’ or ‘period-related’ when actually they have been a symptom of something more serious. For this reason, it is incredibly important for women to know their own bodies; to know what to expect as your body changes and ages, to know your rights, and to know when to take action.
SYMPTOMS OF AGING
We all know that our bodies change as we age. We can see the evidence, right? Growing older with grace and style is a fantastic way to approach aging, learning to love your body, and appreciate the experiences it has given you. However, there are certain health concerns that become more prevalent as you get older, from weight gain, to pelvic varicose veins, to higher risks of thyroid issues and other concerns.
As you might expect, these aren’t issues you are taught about at school! As a woman, it’s important to educate yourself on the natural processes of aging. This will help you know what to expect, so you don’t meet with any nasty shocks as your body naturally changes. It will also help you spot any concerns early, so you can get yourself to a doctor and catch anything before it becomes more serious.
HOW TO GET ANSWERS
Alright, you say, but what if my doctor doesn’t listen to me? Sadly, this is a common concern for many women. You may be used to healthcare professionals dismissing your fears as overreactions or misunderstandings. Sometimes they may be right – but no one knows your body as you do. It can be very stressful if you know there is something wrong, if you can feel it in your bones, but you are told it’s nothing to worry about. In these cases, you need to be able to stand up for yourself and demand answers.
Again, you can do your own research on your symptoms and go to your doctors with an informed viewpoint, knowing what tests or treatments you’d like to take place. It’s also worth seeking a second opinion. As skilled as they are, doctors can make mistakes. A second eye may catch what the first one has missed – and if you can find a female doctor who might understand your concerns, all the better.
Just remember; it’s your body, and you deserve to know exactly what is happening inside it.