Women’s Health

Women’s Health (187)

Dear doctor,

I have recently been diagnosed with a gynecological condition that requires minor surgery. A hospital admission has been arranged for 2 days, but I wondered why I wasn’t given the choice of day-care surgery? 

Ongoing advances in gynecological surgery mean that there is less and less need for admitting women in hospitals. So much can be done in out-patient settings compared to times gone by. It means being operated and discharged on the same day, ending up spending less than 24 hours in the hospital. The default should be to have as much care done in day centres, and only reserve hospital admissions for complex procedures that require intense observations over a few days. 

Dear doctor,
Am just from my first antenatal clinic and I was overwhelmed by the amount of information I got. I really didn’t quite understand the concept of danger signs. What is this all about?
Most women will go through fairly uncomplicated pregnancies and childbirth, save for minor symptoms that are usually inconsequential. But unpredictable problems may arise at any time, to any woman. Hence the need for routine medical care in pregnancy, so called antenatal clinics. Every pregnant woman should attend antenatal clinics. Supervised care must be done by qualified caregivers, usually midwives and obstetricians.

Dear doctor,

I am in my late 30s and I take my health seriously. I get frustrated whenever I encounter women whose health could be better. Any roles I can play to help other women with their health? 

It is not every day that you encounter someone who is selfless, and shows concern not just about their own health but that of others as well. This is a very novel endeavor, and should be encouraged. Yes, there is lots you can do to improve the health status for the community as a whole. 

Cravings are common in pregnancy, occurring in the majority of pregnant women. However most women crave for safe, and healthy stuff. But some will crave for substances which have no nutritional value, sometimes endangering their own health and that of the unborn baby. 

 

I have been diagnosed with pelvic inflammatory disease after undergoing some tests. Is this a serious infection? 

Pelvic inflammatory disease, usually abbreviated as PID, is an infection of the woman’s reproductive organs. It is commonly caused by sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), like gonorrhea and chlamydia, though other non-sexually transmitted infections can also cause PID. It is a serious infection due to its association with long term consequences, like chronic pelvic pain and infertility. 

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