Women’s health awareness is lacking

And then you have doctors who are spinning the truth on top of the lack of awareness…..LCB

Macau Daily Times

People’s Republic of China

07/03/2011

Certain common health disorders may sometimes be disregarded by local women because of a lack of awareness or often times because some of the diseases come without any symptoms, a gynaecologist has warned.

According to Dr. Steven Minaglia from the Doctor Clinic Women’s Health Centre in Taipa, contraception, abnormal uterine bleeding and abnormal menstruation are some of the common health issues Macau women are facing nowadays.

Chronic pelvic pain, he added, affects about 15 percent of women worldwide.
“Conditions that they think are normal perhaps are common disorders but they are not normal. To some extent there is a lack of awareness in the community […] about what care they deserve and what care they have access to,” Minaglia told the audience on last weekend’s TDM Talk Show.

Other commonly seen medical disorders that affect women include infertility and urinary incontinence, he said.

Asian women are traditionally discreet about any gynaecological conditions that they’re suffering from, and Minaglia said it is important for a women’s health centre to provide a “safe environment” for open discussion between doctors and patients on issues that women may regard as taboos such as sexual dysfunction, abnormal uterine bleeding and contraception.

“To change the social and political norms in a society is very difficult. Health care tends to follow suit with the changes rather than to lead those changes,” he said.

Minaglia pointed out that urinary incontinence, for example, used to be a “taboo subject but nowadays many people want to discuss it openly.”

Preventive care is a main focus of the Doctor Clinic Women’s Health Centre, as Minaglia stressed that many of the conditions are “truly asymptomatic.”

“The key to prevention is seeing a doctor,” he said. “They are preventable diseases and unless there is an intervention plan they will develop into a disease that affects the patients.”

Cervical cancer is one of the most deadly cancers in women worldwide but HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines that are said to prevent 90 percent of cervical cancer in the future are already available.

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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.