10 Most Common Women’s Health Problems

Breast cancer ranks as the most prevalent form of cancer among South African women. Regular self-examinations and mammogram screenings from the age of 45 are essential for early detection and effective treatment.

Cervical Cancer:The second most common cancer for South African women, cervical cancer, emphasizes the importance of regular pap smears from the age of 21 to 65. Early detection significantly improves treatment outcomes.

HIV/AIDS: Women in South Africa face a higher HIV prevalence than men. Early diagnosis is key, with antiretroviral medication

Diabetes: Type II Diabetes poses significant risks for women, leading to blindness, kidney disease, heart disease, and stroke. Regular blood-glucose tests are vital, especially for those with high BMI, poor diet, or a family history of the disease.

Osteoporosis: Primarily affecting women after menopause, osteoporosis weakens bones and increases susceptibility to fractures. Lifestyle changes, including a balanced diet and weight-bearing exercises, can help reduce the risk.

Mental Health: Women are more susceptible to mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety. Postpartum depression is also common.

Cardiovascular Disease: A leading cause of death in South Africa, cardiovascular disease poses unique risks for women.

Pregnancy Complications: Maternal mortality remains a concern globally. Pre-existing conditions can exacerbate during pregnancy, emphasizing the need for accessible family planning and healthcare facilities, covered under Bloom's Maternity Benefit.

Fertility Issues: Infertility affects 15-20% of South Africa's population. Various treatments, including medication, surgery, and reproductive assistance, provide options for women facing fertility challenges.

Autoimmune Diseases: Conditions like psoriasis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and thyroid issues fall under autoimmune diseases affecting women. Chronic medication management is crucial for symptom control.