One feature makes women different from men in their reproductive structure and function. Their reproductive system also leads to them experiencing different stages of life. These phases lead to various body changes that interfere with their daily life, both emotionally and physically. Their unique body functions make them develop different health needs from men that require special attention. Dr. Michael C Cardwell, a women’s health specialist at Physicians for Women, understands what it takes to be a woman and works with them to ensure they live healthy lives. Below we learn more about the different stages of women’s health.
Usually, women undergo different biological changes as their bodies develop. It all begins at puberty when most women’s body organs grow; menstruation also starts here. The next stage is the reproductive stage, where ovulation occurs, and you can become pregnant if you are sexually active.
Most women use contraceptives during the reproductive stage to prevent pregnancy until they are ready. It is advisable to consult with your gynecologist on which birth control method to use since different contraceptives work differently. Here are among the most common family planning options.
- Hormonal implants
- Intrauterine device
- The contraceptive pill
- Vaginal contraceptive ring
As for those ready to start families, the reproductive stage is where you can get pregnant. During pregnancy, it’s critical to have the necessary care to ensure your health and that of the child throughout the pregnancy journey.
After pregnancy, the next stage is childbirth, which can occur through natural means or a cesarean section. It is critical to consult with your gynecologist to recommend what is best for you. A women’s health specialist will also guide you on what to expect before and after child delivery.
Menopause is the other phase of a woman’s reproductive stage. It is the phase where menstruation stops due to hormone changes. The hormonal changes also cause other uncomfortable effects that affect a woman’s daily life.
The common menopause signs include:
- Low sex drive
- Weight gain
- Mood swings
- Hot flashes
- Difficulty sleeping
- Thinning hair
- Vaginal dryness
- Nighttime sweats
Physicians for Women provide treatments to help manage these symptoms and enhance living during menopause. Some of the treatments available for menopause include
- Hormone replacement therapy restores the hormone levels reducing the effects of menopause.
- Vaginal revitalization helps restore the health and the natural state of the vaginal. It enhances vaginal elasticity, eliminates vaginal dryness, urinary incontinence, and promotes sexual pleasure.
- Medications that enhance hormone estrogen and progesterone levels
The discrete phases of a woman’s reproductive life affect her differently. Each stage requires special health care from the other. Every woman, therefore, must make a gynecologist her best friend.
Regular gynecological or well-woman exams are critical to get the necessary routine care and to screen for any potential health risks. Gynecological care makes all the difference in a woman’s life. It is where you can get the solution to all your woman’s health needs, allowing you to enjoy your life and perform better. Dr. Cardwell and the team at Physicians of Women understand what it takes to be a woman and are passionate about providing personalized care at every stage. Reach out today to schedule your consultation.