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Archive for January, 2007

Few Guiding Principles for Better Women’s Health Care

The very physiology of women is complex and at the same time very delicate making them amenable to various gender-related complications and concerns. Women, during their entire life cycle, face very many changes in their body and hence need to learn to adapt to the inevitable changes.

Know Your Physiology

As a woman, you should start your journey of knowledge from your home first. To start with, you can start enquiring your mother, a fully conversant lady in majority of women’s health related aspects, and you can get a major number of your doubts clarified.

As a mother, you can also initiate the conversation or the knowledge process and educate your children on the finer aspects of women’s health care by telling the various cycles in a woman’s life such as menstrual cycle, pregnancy, etc.

Though certain women related issues are discussed or studied at school, they are mostly taught from an academic point of view and mainly concentrates on matters such as reproduction system and sexual organs only. In order to gain further knowledge, most of the girls turn to their mother for knowing more intrinsic and embarrassing details related to women’s health care.

Understand Hormonal Imbalances

Many hormones control the entire women’s life cycle at each and every stage. For instance, girls start with menstrual cycle once they attain puberty, which is noting but a change in hormonal levels, pregnancy where a complex hormonal levels control the fetus growth and menopause, which is again a change in hormonal levels.

Any hormonal imbalance in a woman’s body can precipitate as big health issues and can symptomatically be recognized through depression and mood swings. For all the women’s health related risks and care, only a good knowledge and awareness alone could be an answer and such knowledge alone can confer the women with the necessary mindset to tackle the situation.

Assistive Tips

Unlike in the past, today’s women’s health care has come a long way and you can find all the necessary information from your doctor, or from your women’s health care professional, or from various web sites. Many women depend on their doctors for getting the knowledge while few others prefer to refer to web sites for information.

Self-medication is very dangerous and hence you should always resort to contacting your doctor for any of your gender-related health issues without fail. It is very pertinent to say here that many women who have resorted to self-medication ended up with more untreatable or incurable complications. Hence, it is important for you to know more about your body and understand the implications in its real sense.

You should never miss your regular visit to your doctor so as maintain a good health all through your life.

Diseases of kidney – Stones and Uremia

Kidney Stones. A stone in the kidneys is fairly common and may occur in youth though it is more frequent in the senior years of life. Stones are caused by many different factors, some of which include faulty body metabolism of minerals like calcium, bone diseases, parathyroid disease and possibly kidney in-

Fig. 103. The genito-urinary system is concerned with regeneration and clearing impurities from the bloodstream. Kidney stones can produce pain from a mild ache to a knife-like horror, mostly felt in the back under the lowest ribs but possibly extending to the testicles. The, stones may remain “silent” for many years. The “water” system also is a very delicate balancing machinery, preventing acidity or alkalinity.

fections themselves. Pain of the kidney stone is most characteristic. It is usually a severe cramp-like pain, felt in back and traveling around to the front and down the abdomen, into the scrotum of the male, or the sides of the vagina in the female. Such pain is characteristic and practically diagnoses itself as kidney and urinary tract pain. Often at this stage, a stone in the urinary tract can be seen with the x-ray, and following the cramp-like pain, the patient may pass a gravel-like stone in his urine. If the stone cannot pass itself, it may be necessary to remove it surgically, with the size of the stone often determining what form of treatment is required. The prevention of kidney stones is most difficult, but in people who have already experienced such trouble, relief may be found in a way of life, eliminating certain foods and incorporating others in the diet. The physician must be consulted for treatment of stones or a risk will be present which possibly means a rapid deterioration of kidney functions.

Uremia. Uremia is a well-known disease caused by a failure of kidney function to clear out many waste substances which otherwise pile up in the blood and eventually produce unconsciousness and death. The disease is produced if the kidneys are suddenly lost as through an accident, but will also occur over a long period from diseases which slowly deteriorate kidney function. Uremia progresses as kidney function falls to less than thirty percent of its original ability.

Uremia is a difficult disease to recognize and also to treat. As it begins, its sufferers might appear sleepy, lethargic and mentally unbalanced. In its very latest stages, there often appears the characteristic uremic frost, a fine powdery snow or frost about the skin of the uremic patient. Long before this stage however, the person with uremia has usually lapsed into an unconscious state.

Treatment of uremia is very technical and possible only by the physician. It is diagnosable with accuracy only after definite laboratory tests have been performed to indicate the presence and extent of kidney failure. It is of interest that the disease uremia has become so well established as general knowledge in the minds of so many people.

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