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Women's health

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Background

  • Healthcare for women includes the entire spectrum of a woman's life, not just pregnancy and childbirth. Besides developing conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, women have special health issues that revolve around hormonal changes in their bodies and their reproductive organs. Also, medical problems can affect women and men differently.
  • Women's health issues include breast conditions, menstruation, infections, menopause, heart conditions, mental health, osteoporosis, and sexual health.
  • This monograph focuses on hormonal changes in the female body and the relationship these hormonal changes have on the overall health of a woman. Other women's health issues, such as osteoporosis, heart disease, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer, are covered in separate condition monographs.
  • Hormonal changes in women can cause health imbalances to arise, including menopause, pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) and related conditions (such as dysmenorrhea, menorrhagia, amenorrhea, and polycystic ovary syndrome), and infections of the vagina.
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Female Conditions Related To Hormonal Imbalances

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Causes and Risk Factors

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Signs and Symptoms

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Complications

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Diagnosis

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Treatment

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Integrative Therapies

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Prevention

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References

Natural Standard developed the above evidence-based information based on a thorough systematic review of the available scientific articles. For comprehensive information about alternative and complementary therapies on the professional level, go to www.naturalstandard.com. Selected references are listed below.

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The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.