Women's Health Risk
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While it’s true that there are many health conditions which affect both men and women the same way, statistics say that there are some that are mostly seen in women.

From the changes that a woman goes through during pregnancy or the hormonal upheaval that her body undergoes during menopause— all of hese put her at a greater risk of suffering from certain health conditions.

Here are five such health risks that are more commonly seen in women.

1. Osteoporosis
Did you know that almost 80 percent patients who suffer from osteoporosis in the US are women? At least 50 percent women who are above the age of 50 end up breaking or fracturing a bone as a result. As a woman ages, the production of the hormone estrogen decreases, which rips the bones of the protective layer that it provides to them, making them more prone to loss and breakage. [1]

Speak to your doctor about calcium and vitamin D supplements that would be best for you, spend some time in natural sunlight and also include regular exercise in your daily regime.

2. Migraines
If you are a woman, you are three times more likely to suffer from a migraine attack as compared to your male counterparts, which is why an alarming 17 percent of women suffer from these pounding headaches. On the other hand only 6 percent of men get one. In most cases, the migraine attack strikes just before, during or right after the menstrual period. [2]

However, that does not mean that you have to pop a pill each time you get a migraine. Several herbs such as feverfew, rosemary, and yarrow are effective in reducing the pain and curtailing their frequency. Speak to your doctor before start using any herb.

3. Urinary Incontinence
Urinary incontinence affects twice the number of women than men. It’s a condition when your bladder muscles become weak and can’t hold the urine, resulting in a leakage. Some of the main reasons that can lead to urinary incontinence in women are pregnancy, menopause and the reduction of the hormone estrogen.[3]

Doing kegel exercises can help strengthen the muscles in your bladder and improve conditions of urinary incontinence.

4. Sleep Disorders
If you are a woman, your chances of a restful sleep are lesser as compared to those of men. Various changes in the body, such as puberty, pregnancy, monthly menstrual cycles, and even menopause can alter your sleep quality and the ability to fall asleep. [4]

Try herbs such as valerian, passion flower, California poppy, ashwagandha, catnip, kava kava as well as magnolia bark that can help you relax and fall asleep quickly and also improve your sleep quality.

5. Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is a condition in which the protective covering of your nerve cells get damaged and cause disturbances in your neurological signals. The condition can lead to a feeling of numbness in your limbs and, in severe cases, can also cause paralysis. It is more prevalent in women as compared to men.[5,6]

There is no treatment for multiple sclerosis yet, but depending on the symptoms, your doctor will try and manage the condition as best as possible.

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2. Migraine prevalence: a review of population based studies. 1: Stewart WF, Shechter A, Rasmussen BK. Migraine prevalence. A review of population-based studies. Neurology. 1994 Jun;44(6 Suppl 4):S17-23. Review. PubMed PMID: 8008222. (Accessed 29 Oct 2015)

3. The prevalence of urinary incontinence. Nitti, Victor W. “The Prevalence of Urinary Incontinence.” Reviews in Urology 3.Suppl 1 (2001): S2–S6. Print. (Accessed 29 Oct 2015)

4. Gender differences in sleep disorders. 1: Krishnan V, Collop NA. Gender differences in sleep disorders. Curr Opin Pulm Med. 2006 Nov;12(6):383-9. Review. PubMed PMID: 17053485. (Accessed 29 Oct 2015)

5. Sex and gender issues in multiple sclerosis. Harbo, Hanne F., Ralf Gold, and Mar Tintoré. “Sex and Gender Issues in Multiple Sclerosis.” Therapeutic Advances in Neurological Disorders 6.4 (2013): 237–248. PMC. Web. 29 Oct. 2015. (Accessed 29 Oct 2015)

[6] Hormonal and gender-related immune changes in multiple sclerosis. 1: Airas L. Hormonal and gender-related immune changes in multiple sclerosis.Acta Neurol Scand Suppl. 2015;132(199):62-70. doi: 10.1111/ane.12433. PubMedPMID: 26046561. (Accessed 29 Oct 2015)