What can society do to improve women's healthy?



Though great strides have been made in gender equality in many areas, in the area of health, women are sometimes still neglected. They are still many inequalities in health care as it relates to women throughout the world. In order to ensure that women are as healthy as they can be, there are several steps that society can take. Just to give the ability to use the lovely Crosstrainer is just not enough and not an option.

One of the things that society can do is make sure women have access to quality reproductive care. Women have special needs because of their ability to bear children. Pregnancy, though it can bring joy to a family, is a great strain on a woman's body, and there are many potential complications, such as anemia, preeclampsia, and gestational diabetes. If she is not healthy herself it is more likely that she will have a difficult pregnancy. If the pregnancy turns out to be ectopic, meaning the fetus has implanted itself outside the uterus, this can be a dangerous situation for women as well, and may require emergency care or surgery. Women who either do not want to have the child or who do not have the means to afford to take care of one must have access to abortions that are safe and preserve the health of the woman as well. Unsafe abortions throughout the world have led to the deaths of many women. Abortions that help women terminate their pregnancies safely would save many! lives. It is important that doctors and other health care practitioners along with policy advocates recognize that providing quality reproductive care for all women is a societal need.
Another action that society can take to preserve and protect women's health is to make education available to young girls about their sexuality. Many young women become sexually active, either voluntarily or through coercion, not being fully aware of the risks. This means that they may be more likely to contract sexually transmitted diseases that may prevent them from bearing children, or, in the case of HIV, these diseases may shorten their lives. It is also vital to make testing resources available to women, in addition to methods of preventing these diseases from being spread. Women especially in the developing world are vulnerable to HIV and other diseases because they may not have access to adequate testing and prevention methods, and they also may be culturally vulnerable to coerced sex with men of unknown disease status.

It should also be a priority of society to increase funding for research into both female-specific illnesses, such as ovarian and cervical cancers, and also to research the leading causes of death for women, such as heart disease, to inspire women to become healthier, take better care of their bodies, and get screened for illnesses that may affect them.