How Stress Hurts Women

The Hindu Business Line

March 29, 2009

The pressures of a changing lifestyle can trigger gynaecological problems..

“Stress can be reduced if the person is educated to see things in a different perspective. A proper diet can solve so many problems. Regular exercise and regular check-ups are a must. Also, plan for the future.”

Roma Kapadia

Increase in stress levels is triggering a new alert — over gynaecological problems in women, young and old.

Says Ria Jaiswal, who has two daughters, “My 14-year-old daughter and most of her friends complain of some gynaecological problem or the other. There are only two reasons that I can see for this: in earlier times one was not aware, medically, of such issues or today’s lifestyle and its stresses have led to problems starting early where women are concerned.”

Bangalore-based Dr Deepa Shetty says, “Most health issues that women face today are gynaecological. They are falling prey to diseases such as fibroids, polycystic ovaries and endometriosis. Some of these diseases do have genetic and biological reasons, but recent studies show psychological and environmental causes. Fast-paced life, undesirable eating habits, smoking, bearing children at a later age and stress are some of the reasons these problems are becoming more predominant in younger women today.”

Dr Kiran, a Mumbai-based general physician points out, “The most common gynaecological issue for women starts from puberty — painful menstruation — and continues right up to menopause. There is also PMS or pre-menstrual syndrome with its attendant discomfort, which, in turn, triggers stress. How does one tackle this? Dr Kiran says women need to remind themselves that this is an ongoing process and accept it. Eating right, exercise and meditation could help one tackle the pain and the stress.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.