Women have many of the same health issues as men, but their symptoms may be completely different. Some medical problems may be more common in women than in men (depression, obesity, osteoporosis, urinary tract infection).
Making good lifestyle choices is the best thing we can do to stay healthy. The choices we make can help us feel better now and prevent health problems later.
Premenstrual SyndromePremenstrual syndrome, or PMS, is a group of symptoms linked to the menstrual cycle. PMS symptoms occur in the week or two weeks before period (menstruation). The symptoms usually go away after the period starts. PMS can affect menstruating women of any age. It is also different for each woman.
CausesCyclic changes in hormones seem to be an important cause. Insufficient amounts of serotonin may contribute to premenstrual depression, as well as to fatigue, food cravings and sleep problems. Some PMS symptoms have been linked to low levels of vitamins and minerals, eating a lot of salty foods, and drinking alcohol and caffeinated beverages.
Self-careWe can manage or sometimes reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome by making changes in the way we eat, exercise and approach daily life. Take a multivitamin every day that includes folic acid. A calcium supplement with vitamin D can help keep bones strong and may help ease some PMS symptoms.
Other measures include exercising regularly, eating healthy foods including fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, avoiding salt, sugary foods, caffeine, and alcohol, getting enough sleep, finding healthy ways to cope with stress, and do not smoke.
Complementary and Alternative MedicineSome of the more common complementary remedies used to soothe the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome are:
Urinary Tract InfectionsA urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that begins in the urinary system. The urinary system is composed of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. All of these components can become infected, but most infections involve the urethra and the bladder. Women are most at risk of developing a UTI.
PreventionThere are a number of things that we can do to reduce the risk of getting a UTI. These include: