Women have unique healthcare needs, and there are a few things that women should be doing to look after their health and wellbeing. In this edusheet, we’re going to explore some of the key ways women can ensure a long and happy life, from screening for cervical and breast cancer, to ensuring a healthy pregnancy.
Cervical cancer is a cancer of the cervix – the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina. This is a slow-growing cancer, so with regular screening, you can identify and treat the disease before it causes serious problems or spreads to other parts of the body.
While the exact causes aren’t clear, the medical community knows that HPV plays a role in cervical cancer, as well as certain lifestyle choices and environmental factors.
In its early stage, cervical cancer doesn’t generally show signs or symptoms. This makes regular check-ups extra important to catch the disease early. Advanced cervical cancer may present the following symptoms:
At Unjani Clinic, we use Pap smears and cervical cytology to test for cervical cancer. In these tests, cells collected from the surface of your cervix are examined under a microscope. If any unusual cells are found, a biopsy may need to be performed. A biopsy is a procedure in which a small piece of tissue is removed so it can be tested in a laboratory.
Breast cancer is a cancer of the breast. The disease can start in different parts of the breast, and can spread to other parts of the body through blood and lymph vessels.
Research has shown that various factors play a role in your risk of breast cancer:
There are various symptoms to look out for, including lumps, thick areas, dimples and more.
Unjani Clinic nurses are trained to deliver breast examinations to pick up any signs of breast cancer, before they become a serious risk to your health. Visit your nearest Unjani Clinic today to get screened today.
Fertility is the natural ability for a woman to fall pregnant. Several factors are required for fertility in women, such as healthy egg production, a high-quality embryo (fertilised egg) and more.
If just one of these factors is not working properly, you may struggle to have a child due to ‘infertility’.
Infertility is the opposite of fertility – so if you are infertile, that means that you will not be able to have a child. Luckily, there are various ways you can increase your chances of falling pregnant.
Antenatal care is the special healthcare a woman receives when she is pregnant. Pregnant women should visit their nearest Unjani Clinic at least 4 times during your pregnancy, going more often as your pregnancy develops to ensure a healthy pregnancy, birth and baby.
Antenatal care with Unjani Clinic involves regular clinic visits to check up on the health of you and your baby. These visits will usually involve tests and scans, and your nurse will give you some practical guidelines to ensure a healthy pregnancy, such as lifestyle changes you can make, getting the right nutrition with prenatal vitamins, and warning signs to look out for.
Whatever your healthcare needs, Unjani Clinic is always here for you – visit your nearest Unjani Clinic today!