Women's health

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Women's Health

Women's health refers to the branch of medicine that focuses on the treatment and diagnosis of diseases and conditions that affect a woman's physical and emotional well-being.


  • /ˈwɪmɪnz hɛlθ/


The term "Women's Health" is derived from the Old English "wifmann" meaning "woman" and "hǣlth" meaning "health".

Health Issues Specific to Women

Women are affected by many of the same illnesses as men, but they can affect women differently. For example, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, killing 289,758 women in 2013. Women are also at higher risk for developing certain conditions, such as osteoporosis and breast cancer.


Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens bones, making them fragile and more likely to break. It develops slowly over several years and is often only diagnosed when a minor fall or sudden impact causes a bone fracture.

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a disease in which cells in the breast grow out of control. It is the most common cancer in women worldwide.

Women's Health Services

Women's health services include but are not limited to: mammography, pap smear, birth control, pregnancy care, menopause management, and gynecological surgery.


Mammography is the process of using low-energy X-rays to examine the human breast for diagnosis and screening.

Pap Smear

A pap smear is a procedure to test for cervical cancer in women.

Birth Control

Birth control, also known as contraception, is designed to prevent pregnancy.

Pregnancy Care

Pregnancy care involves prenatal (before birth) and postpartum (after birth) healthcare for expectant mothers.

Menopause Management

Menopause management involves dealing with the symptoms and biological changes that occur in women as they age and stop menstruating.

Gynecological Surgery

Gynecological surgery refers to surgery on the female reproductive system.

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