This post is the beginning of a series on women’s health!
Women’s health isn’t synonymous with health in general. It needs to be recognized as intricate and essential in its own right. Topics in women’s health are generally relatable to broader health topics.
But, being that the female reproductive system is what makes females, female, there are many wellness topics that are unique to women. So, although this series isn’t specifically on women’s reproductive health many issues naturally overlap.
Now, you may be thinking: she’s about to tell me if I am male feel free to click away now.
However, if you were thinking that you would be wrong.
In fact, to the contrary. I HIGHLY encourage male readers to tune in even more closely because this is a conversation that involves you too!
The goals of this series, and this blog in general, is to empower women to take control of their health and encourage men and women alike to engage in insightful conversation about women’s health specifically and the issues that the modern woman faces.
An article published on World Health Organization website (WHO) lists the top ten issues for women’s health and among them are maternal health, mental health, and violence against women. These are all very serious issues. Each of which hold implications for a woman’s health beyond a specific incident, or series of incidences.
We’ve all heard of the ripple affect. You throw a stone into a pool of still water and watch the ringed waves around the stones imprint upon the water expand tenfold.
Now imagine that in terms of a woman’s health.
For instance, did you know that a woman who has experienced sexual violence is more likely than the average woman to give birth to an underweight baby?
Or, did you know that medication dosage standards are primarily adapted for the male body?
Or that women of color are more likely to die during child birth?
These are just a few of the many startling facts about women’s health that need to be addressed.
We need to feel comfortable talking about these issues before there can even begin to be a valiant effort at resolving them. Many times women simply don’t feel comfortable coming forth with the concerns that they have (I can relate) in fear that their questions will seem trivial or like a waste of healthcare workers’ precious time.
Often times, we forget that our healthcare providers work for us and want to put our minds at ease while taking care of our bodies the best they can.
Living in the USA means that we have some hefty kinks to work out where healthcare is concerned. But, our bureaucratic issues pale in comparison to some parts of the world where a woman’s husband has to sign a permission slip in order for her to be treated by a doctor.
That’s not to say the issues that the American woman faces in the minefield of our healthcare system aren’t, dire; because they are so incredibly urgent. However, it is equally important to shed light on the issues that women face globally.
In one of my Public Health courses the class came to the realization that the United States health care system acted more as a disease treatment system.
That is why public health promotion, prevention, and journalism couldn’t have picked a more pertinent time to become exceedingly burgeoning fields.
When defining positions that a person with a Masters in Public Health might assume, I remember raising my hand and asking: Could there be a way I could combine my passion for writing and public wellbeing?
My very astute professor, who had begun his career years ago in the trenches of door-to-door Epidemiology, paused for a moment and replied, “I don’t know of one specifically off-hand, but I don’t see why you can’t create one.”
I remember being so excited by the idea that I could create a space for health writing that was both meaningful to me, personally, and the public.
It has taken time for that seed to germinate and bloom in the form of the renaissance of my blog, my personal training career, and not least of all, my aspiration of drawing attention to global health issues. And also, inspiring others to join the conversation while equipping them with actionable information.
Please, leave me topics that you would like to see addressed/discussed in this series. You can comment below, or find me on Instagram @dearfitkris .
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Be well xx.