A key component of maintaining your health is to understand how your gender impacts your health status. Since May is National Women’s Healthy Month, there’s no better time to reflect on how specialized women’s health care with a women's hospital can help maintain the overall wellness of the women in your family.
- Women’s Symptoms Differ from Men’s
Women’s needs regarding wellness and disease prevention differ from those of men. For this reason, gender-focused healthcare is essential in order to educate women on their health status and risk factors for disease. For example, the symptoms of heart disease and a heart attack differ between men and women. While men often experience chest pain or pressure that lasts for two minutes or goes away and comes back, symptoms of a heart attack in women include flu-like symptoms, pain or pressure in the upper abdomen, shortness of breath, dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, upper back pressure, and extreme fatigue. Fortunately, a number of women’s hospitals offer heart and vascular care services specifically designed for female heart conditions.
- Women Require Different Services from Men
Specialized women’s health care often includes gynecological and prenatal services performed by a qualified OBGYN. Routine gynecological exams are essential to maintain a woman’s health, as they can help identify signs of cervical cancer, sexually transmitted infections, and conditions that may interfere with a woman’s ability to conceive or sustain a successful pregnancy. Many gynecological examinations also include breast health screenings, which are used to identify symptoms of tissue abnormalities and breast cancer.
Whether you are interested in scheduling a gynecological examination or mammogram or learning more about your prenatal options, Saddleback Memorial Medical Center is here to help. We also offer treatment for high-risk pregnancies, hysterectomy procedures, maternity care, laboratory services, pediatric care, and neonatal intensive care. Our women’s hospital in south Orange County has birthed more than 50,000 babies. Learn more about our services by contacting us at (949) 837-4500.