The study of Women’s health is often associated with studies on childbearing, maternity, and other reproductive elements. Although these areas are important to understand, it is equally as important to study women through a holistic lens. A woman is more than just a role of a mother. A woman is as complex as any other individual.The feminist movement aided in this newfound perspective of women’s health and pushed for broader studies of the female physiology.Pathophysiology, or the study of diseases, is an especially important aspect of women’s health. Since the processes of the body are different in sexes, understanding these differences is a necessity. The knowledge of said differences contributes to the creation of gender-specific preventive measures or interventions.
For example, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States among women (Alexander, LaRosa, Bader, Garfield, Alexander, 2017). Based on a Nurses’ Health Study, women are more likely to suffer from cardiovascular diseases due to high risk factors of smoking, hypertension, diet, and physical activity (Garcia, Mulvagh, Merz, Buring, Manson, 2016). Thus the study suggests early screening and limitations on the previously stated risk factors can reduce the likelihood of cardiovascular disease. This study revealed an even larger problem; women are disproportionately represented in many diseases; and it is only a recent discovery. The issues women face on equality have long contributed to the lack of biomedical research, and therefore. “As long as women are underrepresented in clinical trials, we will continue to lack data to make accurate clinical decisions on 51% of the world’s population” (Garcia et al.
, 2016). This unfortunate truth reveals the upmost important aspect of women’s health; studying it is a right, not a privilege. Alexander, L. L., LaRosa, J. H., Bader, H.
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