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Sexual and reproductive health
Sexual and reproductive health is an area of healthcare that has undergone significant change over the past few decades as the social landscape has shifted.
Women these days are pursuing studies, relationships and travel, and often aren’t “settling down” until well into their 30s, so the opportunity for unwanted pregnancy and STIs [sexually-transmissible infections] can cover 20 years.
This means a role for GPs is to be very proactive around preventing unwanted pregnancies, so providing good contraceptive counselling and screening for STIs. GPs can also play a vital role in improving health literacy by educating patients on developments in best procedures in sexual and reproductive health practices.
Illness and disease don’t discriminate
In the same way, men’s health is more than ‘prostate cancer and sports injuries’; women’s health is far broader than people tend to assume and includes several health issues that can potentially fly under the radar. For example, while it is widely accepted that men can often be at risk of
i)cardiovascular disease (CVD), it is not always considered that women share a high risk, particularly as they age. Women have a different profile in terms of when they develop CVD. That’s impacted by oestrogen and menopause. There are generally low rates of CVD before menopause, but after menopause, there is a very rapid increase in prevalence that surpasses men.
ii) Bowel cancer is a prevalent cancer in women.
iii) Early-onset dementia in women and alcohol intake at all stages of women’s lives are critical issues.
Women are not only more likely to visit the GP than men but also more likely to present with depression and other issues of mental health. While the causes of depression are generally considered to be a complex interplay of factors, including biological and social, the statistics do raise implications about gendered social perceptions of mental health, in which so-called ‘emotional problems’ are ascribed to women, making men less likely to disclose.
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Frequently asked questions...
GPs play an essential role in sexual and reproductive health, especially in preventing unwanted pregnancies and sexually-transmitted infections (STIs). They provide contraceptive counseling and STI screening, and educate patients about the latest best practices in sexual and reproductive health.
Apart from the generally accepted risks, women also face a high risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVD), particularly after menopause. Bowel cancer is another common issue in women. Early onset dementia and alcohol intake at all stages of women’s lives are also significant issues.
Statistically, women are more likely to visit the GP for mental health issues, including depression. This trend could be due to the complex interplay of biological and social factors, as well as gendered social perceptions of mental health.
egular visits to a GP are crucial for a woman’s overall health. A GP can provide personalized advice and tests based on personal circumstances, such as smoking, risk of diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, family history of certain conditions, and more.
If a woman is planning for pregnancy, a GP can provide special dietary and supplementation advice, organize necessary tests, and arrange required vaccinations.
How your GP can help you keep well depends on your personal circumstances. But here are some examples:
a) If you smoke, your GP can provide very effective counselling and medicine to help you quit.
b) If you developed diabetes when you were pregnant or are at high risk of developing diabetes, your GP will order regular blood glucose tests.
c) If you have had heart disease such as angina or a heart attack, your GP will prescribe medicine to decrease the likelihood of it recurring, will regularly test your blood pressure, lipids and glucose, and will give you advice about your activity and weight.
d) If you have broken a bone easily or have other risk factors for osteoporosis, your doctor will organise a test for your bone density.
e) If you have a family history of a particular illness or condition, your GP will suggest blood tests to see if you inherited the gene.
f) If you are planning pregnancy, your GP will give you special dietary and supplementation advice, organise tests and arrange vaccination as required.
g) If you are at increased risk of glaucoma, your GP may refer you for an eye check including an eye pressure test.
h) If you are a childcare or healthcare worker, you may need additional immunisation.
i) If you are at higher risk of depression or other psychosocial problems, your doctor may ask you some questions about these things.
The more your GP knows about you and your history, the more they will be able to help you.