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WOMENS HEALTH AND CONDITIONS THAT AFFECT WOMEN MORE THAN MEN
Men are more likely to die from cirrhosis, Parkinsons disease, colon cancer, and physical injuries. But certain serious conditions are known to target women exponentially more often than men.
- URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS- The main reason women get more UTIs is because the urethra the duct through which urine passes from the body is shorter in women and closer to the anus, its easier for bacteria to migrate into the urinary tract and cause infections. Birth control methods such as diaphragms or spermicides, and irritating feminine products can also contribute to the problem. To protect against UTIs, wipe from the front ton back after using the bathroom, empty your bladder as soon as possible after intercourse, and drink plenty of water.
- DEPRESSION- Women are nearly twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with depression. Part of this is biological related to hormonal shift, especially during puberty, after giving birth, and before and during menopause. Women also tend to internalize stress, leading to lower brain function in areas responsible for mood. And life circumstances such as societal pressures , anxiety- women are more than twice as likely than men to be affected- and sexual trauma are linked with a higher risk of depression.
- EATING DISORDERS- Anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders affect 10 times as many women as men, and more women die from anorexia than any other mental health problem. Researchers believe that hormonal issues, societal influences around body image, personality traits such as perfectionism, and psychological factors including low self esteem all play a role in eating disorders. Additionally sexual abuse, trauma, and rape in women are linked with increased risk of eating disorders, especially bulimia.