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women’s health needs to be a topic more widely discussed – we’re at a high risk for specific disease, but may not know it.

living a healthy and active lifestyle is a common – and smart – underlying treatment for the majority of disease. a pill i’m still learning to swallow.

but some things cannot be cures by kale and biceps curls, that’s when it’s time to seek support from medical professionals and/or over the counter products.

from boobs to bones, here are four things that affect women’s health:

total eclipse of the heart

while more men die from heart disease than women, females often go undiagnosed. the warning signs of a heart attack in women aren’t what you may think. while tv tells us to look for a numb left arm, chest pain and cold sweat, the “Hollywood heart attack” is the common symptoms for men.

according to heart and stroke foundation, women’s pain is often less severe, or they have non-pain signs such as nausea, sudden fatigue or shortness of breath. since these can seem like everyday symptoms, women are more likely to delay getting to emergency care, and once there, they are less likely to get fast, aggressive treatment.

what’s that smell?

bacterial vaginosis is a common vaginal infection that comes with some unpleasant side effects,
including a fishy smell and white-grey discharge. BV can cause complications during pregnancy, and approximately doubles the risk of infection by a number of other STIs, so make an appointment with your doctor if you think you might have it.

if you do have it – don’t panic! you can ask your doctor about treating BV symptoms with over the counter products like CanesBalance, which work to regulate your pH. treatment is no sweat – CanesBalance is a vaginal gel that is easy to use and is clinically shown to help effectively relieve and prevent the symptoms of BV by restoring vaginal pH. to make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.

sticks and stone may break my bones

back pain and a curved upper spine are often synonymous with growing older, but they are also signs of osteoporosis – a predominantly female disease. the good news is, it is highly preventable. the behaviours learned in young adulthood can help women avoid such problems. you can build strong bones by consuming a diet high in calcium and vitamin D, and performing weight-bearing exercises such as strength training, hiking, climbing stairs, tennis, and dancing. you’ll also want to avoid smoking and limit your alcohol use.

do your boobs hang low?

breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. some risk factors are family history, being a Caucasian woman, and not having children. (check, check, check – add in my naturally fibrous tissue, and my boobs are something i pay particular attention to).

like most things, controlling your weight, regular exercise, and avoiding smoking will help you here, too. it is also important to speak with your doctor about appropriate screening and be aware of changes in your breasts.

how are you taking care of your body?

this post is sponsored by Bayer. to make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.