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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Women's health is more than just contraception

As it has been for many years, people absorb themselves in arguments about whether or not they should provide contraception as part of their company health plans, and whether or not they can get a religious exemption if they aren't a religious organization, but are Christians.  Such health matters are difficult to regulate.  But the real issue is that women's health means more than that.
Whether or not you decide to have children, your body keeps working.  And the proper functioning of its parts can cause a woman great pain.  We are not given enough information to care after our health, especially not from church.  A woman's reproductive organs are just where babies come from to many.

However, as many young women experience it, a monthly period can cause great agony.  The church seems almost dismissive of women's health issues.  When period pains come and go, a woman is told that it's the curse of Eve.  A doctor might just give a few pills for the pain, or even recommend that the woman go on anti-depressants to help manage pain.  This is a mistake.

One of the very real issues women face is the growth of non-cancerous fibroid tumors.  You owe it to yourself to complain to your doctor if you have severe problems with your cycle.  Most younger women do not have them, but the symptoms can appear in your 20s and be debilitating.

Please check out more from the Mayo Clinic if you have these symptoms and make sue you get yourself checked out.  Our bodies are a temple to the Lord.  It's time to stop being embarrassed, and take control of your health.  I say this because I gave up complaining and I just found out that I have fibroids.  None of the risk factors are actually true for me, so I just thought this is what everyone went through.

In women who have symptoms, the most common symptoms of uterine fibroids include:
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Prolonged menstrual periods — seven days or more of menstrual bleeding
  • Pelvic pressure or pain
  • Frequent urination
  • Difficulty emptying your bladder
  • Constipation
  • Backache or leg pains
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
They can be inside your uterus, outside your uterus, or in your mucousal lining.

Honestly, I don't know if anyone even reads my blog anymore, but I thought I'd put this out there.  This information should be helpful whether you're married or single.  And it doesn't matter if you have children or not.

Luckily with so many people having insurance for the first time, many women will be able to get treatment who were not able to afford it.

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2 comments:

Frank Pellett said...

Of course there are still people reading your blog! :)

My wife has much the same issues, tending to get painful cysts many months. The birth control she uses isn't for birth control, it's for lowering the likelihood and pain of these cysts. Course, she also has PCOS, which made it hard to get pregnant anyway, but I really can't get behind those who think these medicines have only one use, so should be banned.

SavvyD said...

Thanks, Frank. I wish people had been more honest with us growing up. There are so many things women could have learned from their mothers, if they had been taught it was OK to talk about health issues. It was once all very hush-hush.