Women's Health
Basic Information

Women's Health

You don't need an M.D. Degree to know that men and women are different. But do these gender differences impact physical and mental health? The answer is a resounding yes! One of the most striking differences occurs with life expectancy data: on average, women will live until they are 80 years old (compared to men, who can expect to live approximately 74 years). Other differences, thought a bit more subtle, are also important: many women are unaware that they can react differently to medication, are more vulnerable to certain diseases, and may experience different symptoms than men with similar conditions.

There are additional health-related differences between the two genders. For instance, women are more likely to visit the doctor than men. In 1998, the average number of health care dollars spent annually on females was $2,712 (vs. $2,132 for men). This higher health care expenditure rate for women is the result of more visits for conditions of the reproductive system (e.g., menopause, cervical cancer screening, pregnancy).

Women are also more likely to deal with health-related stressors than men. Women usually take the lead with regard to medical situations (e.g, deciding whether to take someone to a doctor, transporting them to the appointment, picking up medications) for their families as well as themselves. Women also provide the bulk of the care for ill or disabled family members (often in combination with caring for their own children).


Latest News
Flame Retardants May Raise Risk of Preterm Births, Study Finds
Daily Blueberry Consumption May Reduce Blood Pressure
AAFP Advocates for Planned Vaginal Birth After Cesarean
Pesticides, Plastics Chemicals Tied to Earlier Menopause in Women
Weight Gain or Loss Linked to Fracture Risk in Older Women
Female Hormone Disorder Linked to Numerous Health Conditions
Thyroid Trouble May Harm Women's Fertility, Study Finds
Optimal Gestational Weight Gain in Obese Moms May Vary
Exercise May Tone Up Women's Bodies and Minds
Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Higher Risk of Glioma
Many Women of Childbearing Age Take Narcotic Painkillers: CDC
Use of 'the Pill' Tied to Higher Risk for Rare Brain Cancer
Ulcer Bacteria Tied to Lower Multiple Sclerosis Risk in Women
Nutritional Supplement Reduces Hair Loss in Females
Teenage Acne Linked to Melanoma in Women
Life Satisfaction Linked to Bone Health in Older Women
Eating Right Helps Prevent Type 2 Diabetes in Women
Unhealthy Insulin Levels May Boost Breast Cancer Risk
Many Women Receive Unnecessary Hysterectomies
Cluster of Heart Risk Factors Tied to Uterine Cancer Risk
Night Shift May Boost Black Women's Diabetes Risk, Study Finds
Interim Guidance Issued for HPV Test As Pap Alternative
Herceptin May Benefit Some Women With Early Breast Cancer
Could Quitting Smoking Be Easier for Women Just After Ovulation?
More Evidence That Healthy Living Works Wonders for Women's Hearts
Common Breast Biopsy Finding May Be More Dangerous Than Thought
FDA Approves First in New Class of Drugs for Advanced Ovarian Cancer
Severe Hot Flashes During Menopause May Raise Hip Fracture Risk Later: Study
Timing of First Period Tied to Women's Later Heart Risk: Study
No Higher Risk of Breast Cancer for Women With Migraines
Mortality Not Up With Pregnancy-Associated Malignant Melanoma
IUD Gaining in Popularity for Contraception Choice in U.S.
The Pill Remains Most Common Method of Birth Control, U.S. Report Shows
No Link Seen Between Celiac Disease, Infertility
Full Bladder May Get a Third of Women Over 40 Up at Night
Many Women Don't Lose Those Pregnancy Pounds, Study Finds
Are Routine Ultrasounds for Women With Dense Breasts Worthwhile?
Study Casts Doubt on Low-Dose Aspirin for Women Under 65
Breast Cancer Screening Less Likely Among Mentally Ill: Study
FDA Issues New Drug Label Rules to Better Inform Pregnant Women
Mammograms for 40-Somethings Supported by New Study
New Device May Make Mammograms More Comfortable
FDA Adds 'Boxed Warning' to Devices Used to Remove Uterine Fibroids
Mastectomy Rates Rising Among Women Eligible for Lumpectomy
Telephone Support Intervention Beneficial for BRCA Carriers
Emotional Stress Affects Women's Hearts
Are Women More Likely to Survive Cardiac Arrest?
Rheumatoid Arthritis in Moms-to-Be Linked to Premature Births
All Vaginal Estrogens Effective for Genitourinary Sx of Menopause
Whooping Cough Vaccine Seems Safe in Pregnancy, Study Finds
Questions and Answers
Book Reviews
"Are You There Alone?"
Amazing Women
Beautiful Girls
Beyond Appearance
Bodies out of Bounds
Body Images
Body Work
Burn, Bitchy, Burn
Conquering Postpartum Depression
Engendering International Health
Evolution, Gender, and Rape
Fashion, Desire And Anxiety
Fast Girls
Feminism and Its Discontents
Forgive the Moon
Gender in the Mirror
Girl Culture
Girl in the Mirror
Girl, Interrupted
Growing Up Girl
Hooking Up
I Don't Know How She Does It
I Feel Bad About My Neck
I'll Be Your Mirror
In Session
In the Family
Is Academic Feminism Dead?
Jane Sexes It Up
Love Works Like This
Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married
Mad Men and Medusas
Making Scenes
Making the Run
Medieval Writings on Female Spirituality
Not Your Mother's Life
Odd Girl Speaks Out
Period Pieces
Pink Think
Prozac on the Couch
Psychiatric Illness in Women
Psychology of Women: A Handbook of Issues and Theories
Psychotherapy with Adolescent Girls and Young Women
Rethinking Mental Health and Disorder
Same Difference
Self-Trust and Reproductive Autonomy
Sex, Time and Power
Sexual Fluidity
Singing in the Fire
Stop Signs
Surviving Ophelia
Sylvia Plath Reads
The Bell Jar
The Birth of Pleasure
The Camera My Mother Gave Me
The Fasting Girl
The First Time
The Happy Hook-Up
The Postpartum Effect
The Reporter
The Secret Lives of Girls
The Secret of Life
The Stress Cure
Through the Looking Glass
To Have and To Hurt:
What Women Want
Why Did I Ever
Women and Borderline Personality Disorder
Women and Madness
Women's Mental Health
Women, Madness and Medicine
You'd Be So Pretty If . . .
Self-Help Groups
Basic InformationMore InformationLatest NewsQuestions and AnswersLinksBook ReviewsSelf-Help Groups
Related Topics

Medical Disorders
Wellness and Personal Development
Mental Disorders

Crisis Hot Line

2616 South Clack
Abilene, Texas 79606
(325) 690-5100
Fax (325) 690-5136

powered by centersite dot net