Women have unique health issues. And some of the health issues that affect both men and women can affect women differently.
Unique issues include pregnancy, menopause, and conditions of the female organs. Women can have a healthy pregnancy by getting early and regular prenatal care. They should also get recommended breast cancer, cervical cancer, and bone density screenings.
Women and men also have many of the same health problems. But these problems can affect women differently. For example,:
- Women are more likely to die following a heart attack than men
- Women are more likely to show signs of depression and anxiety than men
- The effects of sexually transmitted diseases can be more serious in women
- Osteoarthritis affects more women than men
- Women are more likely to have urinary tract problems
NIH: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
- Gynecologic Cancer Awareness (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Also in Spanish
- Heart Health for Women (Food and Drug Administration) Also in Spanish
- Menopause (Food and Drug Administration)
- Sex and Gender-Specific Health Challenges Facing Women (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
- Vulvovaginal Health (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists)
- What Every Woman Needs to Know about Stroke (Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health) Also in Spanish
- Women and Alcohol (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) - PDF Also in Spanish
Statistics and Research
- FastStats: Women's Health (National Center for Health Statistics)
- Leading Causes of Death in Females, United States (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Sex and Gender: How Being Male or Female Can Affect Your Health (National Institutes of Health) Also in Spanish
- Women's Health Initiative (WHI) Background and Overview (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Women's Health (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Prevalence and factors associated with early childbearing in sub-saharan Africa: evidence...
- Article: Derivation and external validation of a risk score for clinically important...
- Article: Immunobiography and women's health: repercussions from conception to senility.
- Women's Health -- see more articles
Find an Expert
- AMA DoctorFinder (American Medical Association)
- Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health Also in Spanish
- Find an Ob-Gyn (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists)
- National Institutes of Health, Office of Research on Women's Health
- Girls Health (Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health)
- Healthy Aging (Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health) Also in Spanish
- Tips for Good Health in Later Life for Older Women (AGS Health in Aging Foundation)