Women's health

Women´s health is an important issue for everyone. Recent figures indicate the raise in women´s health problems however the good news is that information and advice is readily available.

Attention all males reading this article please share this with your female relatives you will be doing them a favour as not reporting symptoms could be detrimental to their health and wellbeing.  As a woman your body does many incredible things through its life time from puberty to pregnancy then menopause. For many no problems arise but for others symptoms can be troublesome.

The registered charity Wellbeing of women www.wellbeingofwomen.org.uk tells us to get to know our bodies and always listen to your body and if you notice anything unusual speak to your doctor straight away as waiting could cost you your life.

The best way to avoid problems is to manage stress effectively, exercise and eat a healthy diet.

Gynaecological awareness

Gynaecological symptoms don´t necessarily mean serious disease, however it is important to know your own body and act on any of the symptoms below:

  • abnormal bleeding or discharge
  • pain in the lower abdomen
  • going to the toilet frequently and leaking by accident
  • vaginal lumps or any other unusual symptoms

The best advice is to know your own body and if you experience any of the above symptoms report them to your GP. All women should attend regularly for cervical screening and be self aware.

Breast Awareness

No two women´s breasts are the same so what is normal for one woman may not be for another. Learning how your breasts look and feel at different times will help you know what is normal for you and help you recognise irregular changes. Self examination is recommended at the same time every month and at the end of the menstrual cycle.

It is important to know your own body and act on any of the symptoms below:

  • appearance shape of breast, any puckering or dimpling of the skin
  • feeling any discomfort or pain on one breast which is different from normal.
  • lumps any lumps or thickening in the breast or armpit
  • nipple changes any nipple bleeding, discharge reddish areas or change in nipple shape.

Any of the above symptoms don´t necessarily mean serious disease so don´t be afraid to report any concerns.

Women over 50 should ALWAYS attend for breast screening as invited.

NI cancer screening website
NI Breast Screening Leaflets

Page last updated:09 May 2016