Women Series: Science-Women and Their Health; Implications and Benefits
Good health, they say is true wealth and while both men and women contract various conditions, some health issues affect women differently and more commonly.
Although women in industrialized countries have narrowed the gender gap in life expectancy and now live longer than men, in many areas of health they experience earlier and more severe disease with poorer outcomes.
Gender remains an important social determinant of health since women's health is influenced not just by their biology but also by conditions such as poverty, employment, and family responsibilities. Women have long been disadvantaged in many respects such as social and economic power which restricts their access to the necessities of life including health care, and the greater the level of disadvantage, such as in developing countries, the greater the adverse impact on health.
Some of these health conditions go undiagnosed and most drug trials do not include female test subjects. Unfortunately, some women bear exclusive health concerns, such as breast cancer and cervical cancer.
Depression and anxiety exhibit more frequently among female patients, Urinary Tract conditions also occur more often in females as well as Sexually Transmitted Diseases which can cause more harm to women.
In this episode of the women series, our guest Elizabeth Abimbola of Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria shaped a perspective as to the importance of health awareness and access to information on health conditions, preventions and health care for women.