Every month the Physiopedia team focus on updating pages centered around one topic. This enables us to keep improving all of our existing pages as well as create new ones. The team often make changes to referencing and formatting but best of all they find the latest evidence and update the pages accordingly. This month the topic is Women’s Health.
Women’s Health is a topic which many of us believe to be niche or outside of our specialism or sphere of work but this is often untrue. It is much more likely we don’t understand what Women’s Health means or what it encompasses.
By definition Women’s Health refers to a branch of medicine that focuses on conditions which only affect women; likewise the same is said for Men’s Health. Women’s Health includes a wide range of specialities some examples are birth control, conditions affecting female anatomy, breast cancer, menopause and associated conditions, this list is not exhaustive! In a nutshell it refers to the health of women, which differs from that of men.
The topic was founded from the clinical area of Obstetrics and Gynaecolocy and is the care of women in relation to childbirth, both antenatally and postnatally, including the teaching of antenatal classes, in the treatment of incontinence, and in the care of women undergoing gynaecological surgery.
Because the title “Women’s Health” has undue connotations with reproductive health the WHO is campaigning that the topic be re-titled “The Health of Women” in a bid to ensure conditions due to other gender differences don’t get left behind. This may seem strange to you if you work in a Western Country, but in the middle east and developing countries male and female health equality is diverse.
To make sure you don’t get left behind the latest evidence, make sure you check out our Women’s Health category page on Physiopedia this month. This is where you can find all our pages linked to this category.