Facts on Womens Health

Here are staggering, almost unbelievable facts on Womens Health.

Women were excluded from clinical trials, on the body, until 1993. Up until then, all the mens health studies and information, that were discovered, were assumed for women too. For example, a heart, is a heart, is a heart. If there were specific signs of a heart attack in a man, they should be the same signs in a women.

This is what I thought, but Keep Reading...


Time Line For Women's Health Research:

  • Only until 1970 did the first 'blip' of recognition for women occur. Women were different then men!
  • In the 1980's, there was practically a national crisis trying to recognize that women were different than men.
  • Finally in the 1990's, there is an Office of Research for women, (Canadian Ministries and Research centers on women's health issues).
  • And in 1993, the National Institute of Health mandates federally funded studies to include women. And by 1998, 65% of the studies included women.
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    What does the new research say about Womens Health?

    Women have different health problems, therefore they need different studies, trials and treatments.

    Some of the Major Health Differences between Womens Health and Mens Health include;

  • Heart Disease and the Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack
  • Stroke and the Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke
  • Endocrine System
  • TMJ - Temporomandibular Joint (Jaw Joint Health)
  • Lung Cancer
  • Osteoporosis
  • Let's look at some of these.


    Heart Disease and Women's Health

    When it comes to heart disease, women usually present with more advanced heart disease. Signs and symptoms are often ignored in women (by the woman, herself, and her doctor). Heart problems are thought of as more of a mans health problem, than a woman's concern. More advanced heart disease in men, or women is therefore harder to treat.

    In treating heart disease, women usually receive less aggressive treatments, and/or are misdiagnosed, thinking it is a stomach problem, or depression and/or anxiety.


    Different Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack:

    In Men;

  • crushing chest pain,
  • radiating left arm pain,
  • acute symptoms, especially after physical exertion.

  • In Women; (a combination of)

  • abdominal pain,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting, indigestion,
  • sharp angina,
  • shortness of breath,
  • sudden fatigue,
  • radiating pain in the jaw, neck and shoulders,
  • anxiety.

  • Stroke and Womens Health

    The research, on the signs and symptoms of stroke, is also showing differences between men and women.

    But note: Getting treatment within 60 minutes can prevent disabilities.

    And: 62% of women had non-traditional signs of stroke.


    Traditional Signs of Stroke;

  • slurred speech,
  • dizziness,
  • loss of balance,
  • unilateral numbness/paralysis.

  • Signs of Stroke in Women;

  • headaches,
  • disorientation,
  • pain in face, arms, or legs,
  • sudden partial of whole loss of vision,
  • double vision.

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    Remember to see a doctor if you notice any signs or symptoms.

    Get help. You are worth it.

    It's good advice, for you and your family!

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    TMJ in Women's Health

    First of all, "What is the TMJ"?

  • TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint. It is basically your Jaw Joint.


    TMJ Symptoms:

    People who suffer from a sore jaw joint, have pain and discomfort, in their jaw, with or without one or all these sounds and feelings;

  • Headaches,
  • Clicking,
  • Popping,
  • Grinding ,
  • Clenching,
  • and Limited Opening.

  • TMJ in Womens Health

    The difference between men's jaw joint health and women's is that women's acute (sharp and immediate) symptoms are higher, than in men.

    Women are also more likely to have tmj symptoms. The ratio in men is one out of every six (6:1) men have TMJ symptoms. In women, the ratio is one out of every three (3:1) women with TMJ.

    TMJ Treatment

    What can we do to relieve these signs and tmj symptoms?

    We have to get to the root of the problem. What is causing pain in the tmj symptoms?

    Sometimes it is how the teeth and jaw are positioned. This can be from how we are put together from birth, or aggravated from an accident or blow to the jaw. In these cases, for sure, you should see the dentist. They can help you in their office or refer you to specialists in TMJ, including orthodontists (for braces), and massage therapists.

    Stress with grinding and clenching the jaw, at night or during the day, could involve a splint. Again, see your dentist. I have heard of people buying a sports guard (much cheaper). They melt and bite into it, so that it will fit their mouths, and wear it for a couple of days until they break their clenching and grinding habit. (Or the stress factor is eliminated. In womens health, this is easier said than done.)

    I only wear my night splint occasionally. After a couple of nights, my jaw "gives up" and relaxes.

    If I don't have my splint, and I notice my jaw and teeth are set tight and stressed, I will sit up straight, roll my tongue backwards on the roof of my mouth (yes...this sounds weird, but it works) and open my jaw and teeth slightly. Instant relief and relaxation.

    Stop Chewing Gum. If you are a constant gum chewer, you may be working your muscles too hard. The muscle in the jaw, gets stronger than the joint and causes discomfort from being over worked.

    Gum chewing maybe one of the most common offenders of the jaw, and the easiest to treat. If you chew gum for fresh breath, try substituting Listerine Strips, or a travel size bottle of Listerine at work to freshen up. (Kill those plaque causing germs, and check out how your teeth affect your Womens Health and your Immune System!) If you chew gum to lose weight, again, substitute with something else, such as sips of water. Or check out our tips for weight loss at Weight Loss Tips.

    Unlike your other joints, such as a knee joint, you can't "stay off" your jaw joint. We use it constantly. But you can try alternating hot and cold packs on the joint. And no biting into large apples, corn on the cob, Big Mac's, etc. Cut these foods up.

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    We must remember that the research on womens health, is still very young and we will need to be watching what is discovered from here on out.

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