Choose Health This International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day! 

March 8 and the entire month of March are dedicated to the people in history who have stood for women’s rights. Society has since come a long way into recognizing women and the vital role we play in society. 

This year, the theme of the month is “Choose to Challenge,” which is dedicated to overcoming hardships. One of the best ways to prepare yourself for the challenges that may come is by making sure you are in the best shape of your life. Be aware of your health status and aim to take care of yourself from these common health threats to women year-round. 

5 Women’s Health Challenges to Check on this year

  1. Coronavirus 

Last year’s pandemic is not yet over. Some women are more vulnerable to COVID-19, including women with the following conditions:

  • Pregnant Women
  • Menopausal Women
  • Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Whether or not you fall anywhere under these categories, it is important for you to be extra cautious. Wear a mask, socially distance, and limit going outside to important trips. If you have to be somewhere, make sure that it is not a crowded space.

  1. Cervical Cancer 

In 2018, about 570,000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer. It is the fourth most common cancer in women, and it is not detectable in its initial stages. Don’t wait around to know your status. Have a check-up to make sure you’re in the clear. 

While the cause of such cancer is not yet determined, it has been linked to high-risk human papillomaviruses or HPV, which is a common virus that is acquired through sexual contact. So make sure you practice safe sex and take care of your reproductive health.

  1. Breast Cancer

Breast cancer has become the most common cancer globally this year, so it is more essential than ever always to stay alert. Learn your family history, read up on the potential factors of acquiring it, perform a self-examination at home,  and have a checkup now and then. 

  1. Pregnancy 

Pregnancy may not be a medical condition, but it does come with its set of complications. Pregnant women this year need to stay on top of their health, especially since the virus can compromise the immune system. Stay active and healthy by eating right and doing light exercises around the house. Remember to take care of yourself, which inherently takes care of your baby as well.

  1. Depression and Anxiety 

Since the start of the pandemic, mental health problems have begun springing out due to isolation and lack of freedom. Some people have lost jobs, and others are stressed about working remotely. You should treat your mental health the same way as physical health. Find ways to relax, learn how to ease your stress, and talk to people, even if it has to be online. Consult a specialist if you feel that you need the help of a professional.