Thought that health niggle was something only you suffered with? We debunk the taboos surrounding common issues that all women face
TRUTH: It's estimated that globally 60-65 percent of IBS sufferers are women. Recent studies have shown that a major factor in the risk of this condition is a certain DNA variant of chromosome 9, which is linked only to IBS in females. This means that female sex hormones may be the cause of IBS in women. Currently, the treatment for this condition is a combination of dietary changes, digestive supplements and anti-spasmodic medication. But following this latest research, it's likely that supplements which maintain healthy hormonal levels will be recommended for women with IBS in the future.
TRUTH: Unfortunately, not! Young women can also have a weak bladder and can pass a little bit of urine when they laugh, sneeze or cough. Half of women under the age of 40 who have had a child will suffer from a weak bladder. This stress incontinence can be overcome by strengthening the pelvic floor muscles. Women should do pelvic floor exercises every day throughout their lives for good bladder control.
TRUTH: Women can have a variety of issues associated with the menopause. As well as feeling hot, women can experience night sweats, mood changes, achy joints, headaches and insomnia. They can also suffer from forgetfulness, thinning hair, reduced sex drive and vaginal dryness. In fact, eight out of 10 menopausal women will suffer from some of these symptoms. Women who are finding their menopause troublesome should visit their GP for advice.
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