Desiderius Erasmus said “We can’t live with them and we can’t live without them”, John Gray Ph.D. gave us “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus”. These may have been written centuries apart, but they both tell us the same thing. Men and women may be both human beings, but they are two very different beasts.
Recognizing these differences as a fact is vital in the area of medicine. With this in mind, Samitivej Hospital have established their own dedicated Women’s Health Clinic. Its sole objective is to specialize in the health and wellbeing of women from across the world.
From childhood, through puberty, to adulthood, the female gender does have medical issues that are not experienced by the male population. There are recognized areas of medicine that require individually skilled physicians to assess, diagnose and treat issues, sickness and disease that blight the lives of many women.
Female Associated Health Issues
There are numerous health problems that women may face to which the male population have no sufferance. Samitivej Hospital employs some of the world’s best specialist doctors to head up their Women’s Health Centers, they are supported by a dedicated team of support staff and together they have grown in reputation to make them the envy of all other similar medical establishments.
There are numerous gynaecological health issues and disorders that may affect women at some point in their lives. These may include problems with menstruation, such as menstrual irregularities, many women suffer with urinary tract problems which may include urinary incontinence. Pelvic floor problems are common as are disorders such as bacterial vaginosis, vaginitis, uterine fibroids, and vulvodynia.
Quite obviously one of the biggest anatomical differences between the genders is pregnancy. There is a plethora of medical issues associated with pregnancy and expectant women require specific medical care. These may include pre-pregnancy and prenatal care, the loss of an unborn child through miscarriage and stillbirth.
Preterm labor and premature births are common and need expert medical personnel to preserve the health of mother and baby. Breast feeding, although instinctively natural, often requires the intervention of modern medical science and knowledge for it to be for mother and baby.
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), although not fully understood, is a very real phenomenon. Medical science is making great strides in understanding SIDS and up to date data is used by Samitivej Hospital’s Women’s Health Center to engage with expectant mothers in advising on how to reduce the likelihood of having to experience SIDS.
Infertility disorders affect millions of women across the globe every year. The specialists at the Women’s Health Center are at the forefront of treating women’s infertility and every year treat women from all across the world with fertility problems. There are many factors related to infertility which may include uterine fibroids, polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis, and primary ovarian insufficiency.
Breast cancer is almost exclusively a sufferance of the female gender and typically the disease will originate in the lining of the milk ducts. It can spread to other organs throughout the body and is known as an extremely aggressive form of cancer. Globally, this form of cancer affects more women than any other form of the disease, and due to the longer life span in countries in the developed world, there is a higher level of sufferance.
The initial signs are usually lumps found in the breast. Although it must be pointed out that most breast lumps, after diagnosis, are found to be non-threatening. With that said, any breast lump should be immediately assessed by a specialist at the Samitivej Hospital’s Women’s Health Center.
Turner syndrome, which prior to 1938 was confused with dwarfism until Henry Turner’s research isolated it as a stand-alone condition, only affects the female population. It is a condition where an X chromosome is fully or partially missing. This can result in stunted growth, inadequate ovarian development and heart defects.
Another syndrome that almost exclusively blights the lives of women is Retts, first identified by German physician Doctor Andreas Rett, with full recognition coming by 1983. Rett syndrome is a neurological condition and is, thankfully, very rare. The condition is likely to affect every area of a child’s life. Learning to walk, speak, eat and even to breathe are negatively impaired with Rett syndrome. A child with constant and repetitive hand movement is a classic indicator of the Rett syndrome.
Usually associated with more mature women is the menopause. However, premature menopause is not uncommon, usually referred to within the medical profession as premature ovarian insufficiency (POI). Data shows that for women between the ages of 15 and 29 there is a POI incidence of 1 in 10,000. Although usually harmless to a young woman’s health, it should be assessed by a specialist.
Ovarian and Cervical Cancer are another disease unique to the female population. Often confused, they are very different. The origins of cervical cancer are in the lower uterus; ovarian cancer begins in the woman’s fallopian tubes. The early symptoms of both are typically abdominal pain with cervical cancer causing pain during se”ual intercourse along with a discharge.
Although sufferers with ovarian cancer are likely to experience pain, other symptoms are somewhat vague and the condition is extremely complex. At the Women’s Health Center, specialist physicians are expert at assessing and diagnosing ovarian cancer. A pap smear can determine the existence of cervical cancer but not that of ovarian cancer.
Many women reaching the menopause will suffer with typical symptoms, such as hot flushes and night sweats, lower libido and discomfort during se”, sleeping difficulties, anxiety and depression, a lack of concentration and memory loss. Samitivej Hospital’s Women’s Health Center have specialists well versed in treatments such as hormone replacement therapy (HRT). With expert diagnosis and treatment Samitivej Hospital’s specialists have a remarkable degree of success administering HRT to menopausal women.
Samitivej Hospital’s Women’s Health Center is dedicated to the health and wellbeing of women from across the world. Not only do they do this with state of the art equipment, cutting edge technology and with a team of specialist physicians second to none, they do it with a mantra of respect and consideration. Women’s health issues require a unique understanding, and it is that understanding that drives the success the center enjoys in treating health issues from only which women suffer.
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