Archive for November, 2006
Women are considered to be building pillars of our society and there cannot be any second opinion to this. Despite their importance in any society, many women still do not get the required attention they deserve and many of them still fail to realize that they are capable of achieving what their minds are set to.
Throughout the world, various women’s health organizations have made enormous efforts to educate and bring in awareness amongst women for increasing their living standards and for improving their overall health.
The very first step of achieving the goal of good health lies in your getting the knowledge about your body system and when it comes to knowing more about your body, the various women’s health organizations play a vital role in inculcating the necessary knowledge to the aspiring women. The education also helps you to know about your various bodily functions and its related reactions and you can make use of such knowledge for understanding your body thoroughly.
In one of the recent studies carried by a popular women’s health organization, the casual habit of women ignoring their regular warning symptoms came to light. The study further revealed that women tend to ignore few of their regular potentially dangerous symptoms such as menstrual pain, lumps in breast, their breasts becoming tender before monthly menstrual cycle, etc. The women’s health organization also brought out an educative series, which deals with such symptoms, and recommends women not to consider such early symptoms as normal and are associated with age.
Adopting to Self-improvement
When it comes to women’s health, it is you who can have an effective control over your mind and body and nobody else can influence a better health. Unless you learn to recognize your minor discomforts and make your mind to discuss the matter with your doctor, you cannot make a road to your improved health.
There are many women’s health organizations all through the entire globe that can assist you in understanding your body and the symptoms and can make you to lead a happy and a healthy life.
Again, as a first step alone can start a long journey, you should make your mind to speak out and learn to understand things before it is too late. You may even come across cases where in women reaching an untreatable stage due to their sheer ignorance and failure to identify their earlier symptoms such as nodules in breast, etc., where as the situation could have been cured had they have had their regular check-ups.
The key to a good successful health depends on your knowledge and the level of information you gather around and in your ability to correctly understand them. You should have in inquisitive mind and develop a keen eye for not to miss any of the abnormal symptoms and for taking corrective and timely medical treatment.
As a responsible woman and a mother, you should also educate your children and your neighbors as how to improve one’s health. Never delay your decision of joining a women’s health organization and you can start your journey to your good health today itself.
The two ovaries are the fundamental heart of the female sexual system, and are located in the lower abdomen, one on each side of the uterus. They are the source of the menstrual cycle before the menopause and lose this function after the change of life, but remain as a frequent source of both large and small growths within the abdomen.
The normal ovaries are too small to feel, but when enlarged, they can range from apple-size to watermelon-size. Sometimes they are hard and sometimes cystic, like water-filled balloons and frequently tax the physician heavily for correct identification. Occasionally ovarian growths give clues to their identity through their hormonal influences. For instances, one specific tumor of the ovary produces a masculine hormone which produces in women, a growth of beard, deepening of the voice, and hair growth on the chest. Another growth of the ovary has a feminizing influence, and occasionally will restart the menstrual period long after the menopause.
Statistics show that after the menopause about fifteen women in every thousand will develop an ovarian tumor, and nearly three-fourths of these will be cancer. It is well to remember that
Fig. 96. The uterus and ovaries are the machinery of the female reproductive systems. In them, however, minor or major diseases can arise and sometimes require hospital care.
a mass low in the abdomen is difficult sometimes even for the physician to identify, and very often the exact character of such a tumor cannot be determined until seen at operation, and studied under the microscope. Because of the serious possibilities with ovarian growths, the physician frequently advises their operative removal.
The abdominal wall is built of layers of strong muscles and fascia which normally hold the abdominal contents within the
Fig. 93. Hernia in females is much rarer than in males. It occurs, however, in the same regions and manner as in the male.
abdomen wall. A hole in this wall however, allows the inner contents of the abdomen to protrude through it. Such a hole is a hernia and when large enough, allows some of the abdominal contents to fall out of the abdomen when we stand, and fall back in when we lie down.
Hernias are usually present since birth, and occur more often in men than in women. They can be small at first, but can eventually become very large. It is popular to disregard this real beginning of a hernia and to blame it on accidents or strains occurring at work. An injury at work constitutes legal grounds for compensation. Ordinarily hernias are found low in the male abdomen, where they are usually noticed as a bulge, slightly to one side under the pubic hair, on one or both sides. This area is called the inguinal region and is the site for most hernias. The reason for
Fig. 94. Hernia in the male is most often in the lower abdomen, called the inguinal region. Usually found on the right side, it is treated best by surgical operation. A truss also is found satisfactory in some people.
Fig. 95. Rupture (hernia) may entrap and strangulate a portion of intestine at any time; immediate operation then becomes necessary to save life. It is best to have hernia operation performed before serious trouble arrives-not afterward.
this is probably that the abdomen which was built for a horizontal position, is given a great deal of upright use. The most serious fact about hernias is their tendency to strangulate when the abdominal contents are pushed out through the hernia and imprisoned so tightly they cannot return. The blood supply may become choked off and immediate surgery is then necessary to save the patient’s life. This danger is an important reason for surgical repair of most hernias.
The uterus, or womb, an abdominal organ, is located in the lowest portion of the abdomen, and is a major part of the female sexual system. It is normally the size of a hen’s egg, and is difficult to feel within the abdomen unless it is quite enlarged.
Enlargements of the uterus are very common before and after the menopause, and are felt when possible in the lower center abdomen. One tumor enlargement, the fibroid, is the most common of all tumors, and may become large enough to appear as a pregnancy. These larger tumors can easily cause pain, low in the back and on the inner sides of the thighs. Tumors, or growths, of the uterus are of great variety, and have long technical classifications. The physician’s examination is required to correctly identify these enlargements and other uterine diseases and to prescribe the proper treatment for them.
Pain. This is a large word and covers a lot of ground, but when it comes from the colon it has several identifying marks. An aching pain in the rectum, with a feeling of fullness and a sensation of continuing bowel movement, sometimes arises from a growth, and should not be ignored. Cramping or griping pain when due to the colon is felt low in the abdomen. When caused by a tumor, the colon attempts to move the unwelcome growth along and these attempts we feel as powerful contractions or cramps.
General symptoms such as loss of weight and general weakness are present in cancer but also in other diseases such as mental disease, gall bladder disease and others, and these difficulties also must be considered. Obviously a competent physician’s examination is necessary to accurately diagnose cancer of the colon.
Fig. 92. Hernias are weak spots in the abdominal wall, usually resulting from inherited muscle and fascial weakness. Popular fallacy, based on legal compensation, places the blame on injury incurred at work.
Treatment of colon cancer is strictly a surgical procedure, essentially consisting in removing the segment of colon containing the cancer. The problem is a complex one and the operation must be done by an experienced surgeon. The prospects of complete recovery are very good when the cancer is discovered and removed before it has spread to other regions of the body.
Cancer of the colon and rectum is a severe disease of the older age group, but its outlook is nearly four times better than cancer of the stomach and chances of its cure are better than 50 percent. An important factor of colon cancer as in cancer everywhere, is the question of spread of this
Fig. 91. Cancer of the colon is announced nearly half the time by rectal bleeding. It is a disease of senior years and can be treated satisfactorily when discovered early.
disease to the rest of the body. About the best thing that can happen in cancer of the colon, is to find it early before it has extended.
Discovering a colon cancer requires a physician for exact diagnosis, but we can help the physician, and ourselves, by watching for the symptoms which often accompany this disease. These symptoms though very common and frequently brushed aside, are worthy of notice.
Bleeding from the rectum is often the first indication of any trouble in the colon. Bleeding is most often caused by hemorrhoids and not by cancer, but it is always a sign that something is definitely wrong and the physician should be consulted at once.
A difference in the usual manner of bowel movements, occasional constipation or diarrhea is common in adult years, but these difficulties, if sudden and persistent, may signal definite colon trouble and an examination is in order.
Physics, Laxatives, and Enema. The sale of bowel stimulants and constipation cures is soaring because constipation is invited in later life by our trend toward sedentary rather than active leisure hours. Television is an outstanding contributor to this annoying situation.
Strong physics such as castor oil, irritate the intestinal tract and stimulate great waves of propelling activity, forcing the intestinal stream to gush through the colon and anus. Other physics, such as Epsom Salts and the well-advertised bulk laxatives, have a great blotter-like action which draw large quantities of water into the intestinal tract to make the bowel movements large and watery. The enema is probably the simplest way of putting water into the bowel to clear the colon. Though probably much overdone, an enema is essentially harmless, is quite simple to perform, and is often used in hospitals.
There are times when physics, laxatives and enemas are of value and even necessary, but most of the time their effect can be obtained by drinking more water, including a little more fiber in the diet, and getting regular exercise. Remedies for constipation however, will probably champion our drug store counters for many years, as our population ages and our sedentary lives create more drug store dependents among us.
Constipation. A most frequent complaint of people in their later years is constipation, as a prolonged time between bowel movements, or as great difficulty in bowel evacuation when it does occur. Wide confusion exists concerning what is normal for bowel activity. In youth, we are moving about quickly, and bowels are of little concern, but in later life, fast moving activity is just a memory and bowels become a great concern.
It is also true that bowel matter is unequaled in its universal abhorrence, and to seek disposal as quickly and completely as possible, is only natural for every person. This usually means a bowel movement is desirable every day and anything less than a daily movement in a person with time enough to notice, immediately establishes the complaint of constipation. An estimate of bowel activity for most people is one movement a day, but while desirable, it does not necessarily indicate good health.
Bowel activity, more than anything else, reflects activity of the entire body. Compare the action in the colon of a person who is bed-ridden, with the colon of a physically active, hardworking person. Without any doubt, the colon subjected to a shaking-up by body activity will be far more active and regular.
One function of the colon is to absorb water out of the fecal waste. If the bowel moves through the colon rapidly as in very active people, water absorption cannot be completed and a soft or liquid bowel movement results. If the bowel movement however, moves very slowly through the colon, as it does in inactive people, all moisture becomes absorbed and a hard, granular or marble-like stool is produced.
In ordinary constipation attention is necessary only for the two factors of diet and regular activity, to effect satisfactory bowel action. The diet to avoid constipation calls for sufficient fiber-type foods, which absorb water to form a moist stool, and a healthful stimulant for the bowel can also be obtained from the juices of prunes, grapes and other fruits. Regular activity in exercising the entire body, also stimulates the colon and aids in promoting daily bowel action.