Women's Health Strategy: Call for Evidence (2023)

Women's Health Strategy: Call for Evidence (1)

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Executive summary

We are seeking your views to help inform the development of the government’s Women’s Health Strategy.

This call for evidence is seeking to collect views on women’s health. It will run for a period of 14 weeks and is open to everyone aged 16 and over.

The easiest way to participate in the call for evidence as an individual is by completing the public survey.

We also welcome written submissions from individuals or organisations who have expertise in women’s health, such as researchers and third-sector organisations.

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 13 June 2021.

Ministerial foreword – Matt Hancock

For generations, women have lived with a health and care system that is mostly designed by men, for men.

This has meant that not enough is known about conditions that only affect women, or about how conditions that affect both men and women impact women in different ways. Pregnant women and women of childbearing age are also under-represented in clinical trials, which can create troubling gaps in data and understanding.

This problem affects half of our population. It can lead to poorer advice and diagnosis and, as a result, worse outcomes. Symptoms can often differ between men and women, and studies show some conditions, like coronary blockages, are more likely to be misdiagnosed among women than men.

This ‘male by default’ problem of the past must be put right. Despite living longer than men, women spend a greater proportion of their lives in ill health and disability, and there are growing geographic inequalities in women’s life expectancy. This makes levelling up women’s health an imperative for us all and will support progress towards the government’s commitment to extend healthy life expectancy by 5 years by 2035.

There’s a lot of great work already underway. This government is working on the next Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy, and has announced plans for a new Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy, which we plan to publish later this year.

Although this focused work is important, it is also important we take an end-to-end look at women’s health, from adolescence to older age. So, we’re bringing forward England’s first Women’s Health Strategy, to make women’s voices heard and put them at the centre of their own care.

We know that not all women have the same experiences, so we want to hear from as many women as possible from all ages and backgrounds about what you think works well and what we need to change.

I’d urge you to come forward and have your say, so we can make sure our nation’s health system truly works for the whole nation.

The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP

Ministerial foreword – Nadine Dorries

As Minister of State in the Department of Health and Social Care, one of my key priorities is women’s health. Throughout my time as Minister, it has become clear that there are some key themes which cut across different areas of women’s health, and on which we must take action.

We know that damaging taboos and stigmas remain around many areas of women’s health, which can prevent women from starting conversations about their health or seeking support for a health issue. When women do speak about their health, all too often, they are not listened to. Independent reports and inquiries – not least the First do no harm report and the Paterson Inquiry report – have found that it is often women who the healthcare system fails to keep safe and fails to listen to. We absolutely must change this.

In order to tackle taboos and ensure that women’s voices are heard, I firmly believe that the provision of high-quality information and education is imperative. To give an example, the average diagnosis time for a condition as common as endometriosis is 7 to 8 years; it greatly saddens me to read how so many women think – or worse, are told – that the debilitating pain and symptoms they are experiencing are ‘normal’ or ‘imagined’ and they must live with it.

The department and the government have taken a number of important steps in this area. For example, to support work on the government’s commitment to make the NHS the best place in the world to give birth, in September 2020, I established a Maternity Inequalities Oversight Forum. This forum brings together experts from key stakeholders to consider and address the inequalities for women and babies from different ethnic backgrounds and socio-economic groups.

Despite the progress that is being made, I am clear we can do more. I believe there is an opportunity to take a much more holistic approach to women’s health across the life course, focusing on prevention and better integration of services. The government’s integration and innovation white paper and our public health reforms will set the direction for a greater focus on integrated, person-centred care and prevention. We must ensure that this work delivers for women.

Women’s input into society and particularly into our health and social care system has always been vital, but I would argue never more so than now. 77% of the NHS workforce and 82% of the social care workforce are women, and throughout the pandemic women have been on the front line ensuring that people receive the health and care they need. Investing in all aspects of women’s health, including within the workplace, is essential to women’s ability to reach their full potential and contribute to the communities in which they live.

We have seen both negative consequences and positive outcomes from this pandemic. It is, for instance, providing momentum for innovative new ways to deliver services. One of my key priorities is to improve research and evidence into women’s health, and to finally tackle the gender data gap that still exists. If we have good evidence, we can identify the health and care needs of women; if we have good evidence, we can begin to identify what will work best for women in order to support improvements in women’s health.

That is why we are embarking on the first Women’s Health Strategy for England, with the ambition of improving health and wellbeing of women across the country.

We are launching this call for evidence to listen to women’s priorities. We are also extending this opportunity to organisations, researchers, academics and clinicians who can provide further expertise. Importantly, by directly calling on women, we are re-setting the way in which the government understands women’s health, with a renewed focus on listening to women’s voices.

I encourage you to contribute to this call for evidence – by responding, you can make your voice heard and play a vital part in shaping England’s first Women’s Health Strategy.

Nadine Dorries MP

The Women’s Health Strategy

The Women’s Health Strategy for England will set out an ambitious and positive new agenda on women’s health, with women’s voices at the centre. We are launching this call for evidence to inform the priorities, content and actions within the Women’s Health Strategy. This exercise will ensure that the strategy is evidence-based and reflects what women identify as priorities.

There is strong evidence of the need for greater focus on women’s health and to recognise and act on the inequalities.

In the UK, women have a longer life expectancy than men, with life expectancy at birth being 83.1 for women and 79.4 years for men in 2017 to 2019. However, women in the UK spend a greater proportion of their lives in ill health and disability. Women spend around over a quarter of their lives in ill health or disability, compared with around one fifth for men. Moreover, in recent years, healthy life expectancy has fallen for women but has remained stable for men.

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There are also differences in life expectancy across socio-economic groups. Taking action on women’s health will support our commitment to extend healthy life expectancy by 5 years by 2035.

Work to develop the Women’s Health Strategy will consider women’s health over the life course, from adolescence through to older age.

We want to better understand women’s experiences of health, and the health and care system. The strategy will focus on the needs of all women, as we recognise that women are not all the same, and that women will have individual needs and concerns. The government is ambitious about tackling health inequalities and the wider determinants of health, and a better understanding of the specific needs and areas of inequality faced by women will support this important work.

We want to understand more about issues that only affect women (for example, gynaecological conditions or menstrual health), and also issues that affect both men and women but may be more prevalent in women, or affect men and women differently.

This call for evidence seeks views on 6 core themes that connect different areas of women’s health across the life course.

1. Placing women’s voices at the centre of their health and care

In recent years, it has become clear that more could be done in terms of listening to women’s voices. We know that women can face damaging taboos when wanting to start conversations about their health, which can make it more difficult to speak to healthcare professionals, family members, friends and employers. Embarrassment or stigma should not be a barrier to women seeking the help and care they need.

We also know that, when women do seek help for health problems, they do not always feel listened to or their concerns taken seriously. We are determined to place women’s voices at the centre of their health and care, both at the level of individual patient–clinician interactions, and at the system level.

We want to understand more about women’s experiences of having conversations about their health and where changes can be made to ensure they are heard.

2. Improving the quality and accessibility of information and education on women’s health

High-quality information and education is essential for supporting women to stay healthy throughout their life, and to be empowered in making decisions about their health – for example, on treatment options for a health condition. It is also essential that healthcare practitioners can access the necessary information to meet the needs of the women they provide care for.

However, there is some evidence that many women struggle to access reliable information about many aspects of women’s health. We know that awareness of symptoms including what is considered ‘normal’ can be low, and that women may not always be aware of the treatment and support available for common health needs such as menstrual health or fertility. These challenges can be a barrier to women seeking care. There is also some evidence that the level of awareness of different conditions varies among medical professionals and wider society.

The recent introduction of compulsory relationships, sex and health education in schools is an important milestone in increasing knowledge of female health conditions. Pupils are now taught the facts about several areas of women’s health, including menstruation, contraception, fertility, pregnancy and the menopause.

We want to understand more about where and how health information is accessed and its quality, and where improvements can be made.

3. Ensuring the health and care system understands and is responsive to women’s health and care needs across the life course

A life course approach focuses on understanding women’s changing health and care needs across their lives, and how specific life events or stages of life can influence future health. For example, we know that women who have high blood pressure or pre-eclampsia during pregnancy are at greater risk of heart attack and stroke in the future. A life course approach also focuses on understanding wider determinants of health, the opportunities for preventative action to support women to improve their health and prevent or reduce the risk of ill health later in life.

However, there is some evidence that women can find it difficult to access services that meet their specific health needs – or meet all their needs in one place. We know that there are significant inequalities between different groups of women in terms of access to services, experience of services and health outcomes.

The government’s recent integration and innovation white paper sets out proposals for a Health and Care Bill, at the heart of which is delivering integrated person-centred care. Alongside this, the government’s public health reforms will more deeply embed prevention and health improvement expertise, capacity and accountability across national and local government and within the NHS.

We want to understand more about women’s experiences of services across their lives, and the key opportunities for targeted action.

4. Maximising women’s health in the workplace

Women make up 51% of the population, and 72% of women aged 16 to 64 are in employment. In health and social care, the proportion of women in the workforce is even higher, with 77% of the NHS workforce and 82% of the social care workforce being female.

There is some evidence that female-specific health conditions such as heavy menstrual bleeding, endometriosis, pregnancy-related issues and the menopause can affect women’s workforce participation, productivity and outcomes. There is very little evidence on other health conditions, although we do know that common conditions which lead to sickness absence and leaving the workforce are more prevalent in women, for example mental health conditions, and musculoskeletal conditions.

We also know that women are more likely to have a long-term sickness absence and leave work following that absence compared with men. Women also continue to take on disproportionate responsibility for childcare and caring for the elderly or disabled, which can further impact both women’s health and women’s workforce participation – for example, women may find it harder to access healthcare while balancing work and caring responsibilities. Women are also more likely to report developing their own health condition, or that an existing condition had worsened, because of their caring responsibilities.

We want to understand more about women’s experiences in the workplace, and opportunities for better supporting both women and employers.

5. Ensuring research, evidence and data support improvements in women’s health

We have a world-class research and development system in the UK. However, we know that women have been under-represented in research, particularly women of ethnic minorities, older women and women of child-bearing age, those with disabilities and LGBT+ women.[footnote 1] This has implications for the health and care they receive, their options and awareness of treatments, and the support they can access afterwards.

Our ambition is to ensure that women’s voices and priorities are at the heart of research, from identification of need to publication and implementation in practice, and that we have the right data and evidence to improve women’s health outcomes and experiences of healthcare services.

We want to understand more about how research is used, and identify how areas of health and medical research has overlooked women’s experiences and perspectives.

6. Understanding and responding to the impacts of COVID-19 on women’s health

While the situation with COVID-19 is ongoing and in many cases it is too soon to draw conclusions on long-term impacts, we know that COVID-19 has had significant impacts on all elements of people’s lives, including work, leisure, and the way in which people access health and care services. For example, we know that the gender gap in childcare has increased over the pandemic, putting an additional burden on working mothers.

We want to understand more about the impacts of COVID-19 on women’s health, and on women’s health services, including both challenges and positive reforms or opportunities for action.

Please note, the government has recently held a 3-month consultation seeking views on whether to make permanent the current temporary measure allowing for home use of both pills for early medical abortion up to 10 weeks’ gestation. The scope of this call for evidence therefore does not extend to home use of both pills for early medical abortion up to 10 weeks’ gestation.

How to respond

The aim of this call for evidence is to inform the priorities, content and actions within the Women’s Health Strategy.

The easiest way to participate in the call for evidence as an individual is by completing the public survey. This will help us better understand women’s experiences of health, and the health and care system.

There is also an easy read version of the online survey.

Due to COVID-19, we cannot normally accept survey responses by post. However, if you or your service users cannot use the online survey, please email whscallforevidence@dhsc.gov.uk for a copy of the survey in PDF format.

We also welcome written submissions from individuals and organisations with expertise in women’s health. Written submission can include the contribution of data, research and other reports of relevance, and must be limited to 10 pages.

Read further guidance on written submissions.

Submit written submissions in Word or PDF format here

If you have any technical problems with using the online survey or if you cannot send your submission via the online portal, please log the issue by emailing whscallforevidence@dhsc.gov.uk. Please do not send any personal information to this email.

Next steps

The evidence gathered through this exercise will inform the priorities, content and actions in the new Women’s Health strategy for England. It will ensure that the strategy is evidence-based and reflects what women identify as priorities.

We will respond to the call for evidence after the summer.

These following areas are the headings of the following sections, all sections are optional, please skip any questions or sections you do not want to answer. All responses from England, regardless of the degree to which they are answered, will be recorded and analysed.

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  • health topics
  • women’s voices
  • information and education on women’s health
  • women’s health through the life course
  • women’s health in the workplace
  • research, evidence and data Impact of COVID-19 on women’s health

Health topics

Question

Which women’s health topics do you think the Women’s Health Strategy should cover? Select your top 5.

  • alcohol, drugs and addiction
  • diabetes
  • gynaecological conditions for example endometriosis, fibroids
  • heart disease and stroke
  • mental health
  • neurological conditions for example dementia, multiple sclerosis
  • research into health issues or medical conditions that affect women
  • womb, ovarian, cervical, vulval and vaginal cancers
  • autism and neurodiversity
  • disability
  • healthy ageing
  • health impacts of violence against women and girls
  • menstrual health, for example period pain, heavy menstrual bleeding
  • other cancers, for example lung cancer
  • screening services
  • veterans health
  • carers
  • fertility, pregnancy, pregnancy loss and post­natal support
  • health behaviours, for example tackling obesity, tobacco
  • menopause
  • musculoskeletal conditions for example arthritis
  • pelvic floor health
  • sexual health including contraception
  • other

Women’s voices

Question

How comfortable do you feel talking about health issues with friends, family members, medical professionals and care professionals? Please mark the level of comfort discussing with each group below.

Friends

Menstrual wellbeing for example period pain, heavy menstrual bleeding:

  • comfortable
  • uncomfortable
  • don’t know

Contraception and pregnancy for example fertility, pregnancy, post-natal support:

  • comfortable
  • uncomfortable
  • don’t know

Gynaecological cancers (womb, ovarian, cervical, vulval and vaginal):

  • comfortable
  • uncomfortable
  • don’t know

Gynaecological conditions for example endometriosis, fibroids:

  • comfortable
  • uncomfortable
  • don’t know

Menopause:

  • comfortable
  • uncomfortable
  • don’t know

General physical health concerns for example diabetes or heart disease:

  • comfortable
  • uncomfortable
  • don’t know

Mental health conditions:

  • comfortable
  • uncomfortable
  • don’t know

Disability, autism and neurodiversity:

  • comfortable
  • uncomfortable
  • don’t know

Family members

Menstrual wellbeing for example period pain, heavy menstrual bleeding:

  • comfortable
  • uncomfortable
  • don’t know

Contraception and pregnancy for example fertility, pregnancy, post-natal support:

  • comfortable
  • uncomfortable
  • don’t know

Gynaecological cancers (womb, ovarian, cervical, vulval and vaginal):

  • comfortable
  • uncomfortable
  • don’t know

Gynaecological conditions for example endometriosis, fibroids:

  • comfortable
  • uncomfortable
  • don’t know

Menopause:

  • comfortable
  • uncomfortable
  • don’t know

General physical health concerns for example diabetes or heart disease:

  • comfortable
  • uncomfortable
  • don’t know

Mental health conditions:

  • comfortable
  • uncomfortable
  • don’t know

Disability, autism and neurodiversity:

  • comfortable
  • uncomfortable
  • don’t know

Health or care professionals

Menstrual wellbeing for example period pain, heavy menstrual bleeding:

  • comfortable
  • uncomfortable
  • don’t know

Contraception and pregnancy for example fertility, pregnancy, post-natal support:

  • comfortable
  • uncomfortable
  • don’t know

Gynaecological cancers (womb, ovarian, cervical, vulval and vaginal):

  • comfortable
  • uncomfortable
  • don’t know

Gynaecological conditions for example endometriosis, fibroids:

  • comfortable
  • uncomfortable
  • don’t know

Menopause:

  • comfortable
  • uncomfortable
  • don’t know

General physical health concerns for example diabetes or heart disease:

  • comfortable
  • uncomfortable
  • don’t know

Mental health conditions:

  • comfortable
  • uncomfortable
  • don’t know

Disability, autism and neurodiversity:

  • comfortable
  • uncomfortable
  • don’t know

Question

Have there been any instances where you/ the woman you have in mind felt you/they were not listened to by health or care professionals?

  • yes
  • no

Please select the nature of the discussion selecting all that apply

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  • seeking informed consent
  • discussing symptoms
  • asking for more information about an issue or condition
  • seeking referral to a specialist
  • discussing diagnosis of a condition or disability
  • discussing treatment options
  • being asked for consent to a procedure or course of action
  • follow-up care
  • raising concerns or a complaint
  • don’t know
  • prefer not to answer
  • other

Question

Have there been any instances where you or the woman you have in mind felt you or they were not listened to in relation to specific health issues or conditions? Enter up to 2 examples – max 50 words each.

Question

Is there anything else you would like to share regarding how the health and care system listens to women’s voices? Max 350 words.

Information and education on women’s health

Question

Which of the following sources do you or the woman you have in mind go to for health information? Please pick up to 5.

  • academic or medical journal articles
  • online including blogs and search engines
  • charities
  • leaflets at GP, pharmacy or hospital
  • libraries
  • family or friends
  • Google search
  • GOV.UK
  • helplines
  • magazines
  • NHS including 111 and NHS website
  • school
  • social media (For example Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, TikTok or Twitter)
  • work
  • GP or health or care professionals
  • youth club
  • don’t know
  • prefer not to say
  • other

Question

Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. Mark your response as shown below for each statement.

Do you think you or the woman you have in mind have received or have access to enough information on…

How to prevent ill-health or maintain your health

  • agree
  • disagree
  • don’t know

Menstrual well-being for example period pain, heavy menstrual bleeding

  • agree
  • disagree
  • don’t know

How to prepare for or prevent pregnancy

  • agree
  • disagree
  • don’t know

Gynaecological cancers (womb, ovarian, cervical, vulval and vaginal)

  • agree
  • disagree
  • don’t know

Gynaecological conditions for example endometritis, fibroids

  • agree
  • disagree
  • don’t know

Menopause

  • agree
  • disagree
  • don’t know

General physical health concerns for example diabetes, heart disease

  • agree
  • disagree
  • don’t know

Mental health conditions

  • agree
  • disagree
  • don’t know

Disabilities

  • agree
  • disagree
  • don’t know

Specific health services available for example female genital mutilation clinics, sexual assault referral centres

  • agree
  • disagree
  • don’t know

Question

Did you know relationships, sex and health education, which covers menstruation, contraception, fertility, pregnancy and the menopause, is now a statutory part of the school curriculum?

  • yes
  • no

Question

Do you have any suggestions for things that would help women better access information and education on women’s health? You can make 2 suggestions – max 50 words each.

Question

Is there anything else you want to share regarding information and education on women’s health? Max 350 words.

Women’s health across the life course

Question

Do you or the woman you have in mind feel that you or they can access all the services that you or they need in a way that is convenient to you or them in terms of location?

  • agree
  • disagree
  • don’t know

Question

Do you or the woman you have in mind feel that you or they can access all the services that you or they need in a way that is convenient to you or them in terms of timing?

  • agree
  • disagree
  • don’t know

Question

Would you like to share examples or provide suggestions as to how service accessibility can be improved? Max 50 words.

Question

Do you or the woman you in mind have any existing health conditions or disabilities? * yes * no* prefer not to say

Please select which health condition(s) or disability you or the woman you have in mind live with

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  • adenomyosis
  • ADHD
  • anxiety disorders and stress
  • asthma
  • atrial fibrillation
  • autism spectrum disorder
  • cancer
  • chronic fatigue syndrome or ME
  • chronic kidney disease
  • coronary heart disease
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • depression
  • diabetes
  • dyslexia
  • dyspraxia
  • eating disorder
  • endometriosis
  • epilepsy
  • fibroids
  • fibromyalgia
  • gastrointestinal conditions and IBS
  • hearing impairment (deafness)
  • heart condition
  • hypertension
  • hypothyroidism
  • learning disability
  • mental health
  • migraine
  • musculoskeletal condition (including arthritis)
  • multiple sclerosis
  • neurological condition
  • persistent pain
  • stroke or transient ischaemic attacks
  • visual impairment (blindness)
  • menopause
  • other

Question

Do you or the woman you have in mind feel supported by the services available for women with your or their health condition or disability?

  • supported
  • not supported
  • don’t know

Question

Would you like to share examples or provide suggestions as to how services can be improved for a specific condition or disability? Max 350 words.

Women’s health in the workplace

Question

Are you or the woman you have in mind currently in work?

  • yes
  • no
  • other

Question

Which sector do you/did you or the woman you have in mind most recently work in?

  • private sector
  • public sector
  • agriculture, forestry and fishing
  • mining, energy and water supply
  • manufacturing
  • construction
  • wholesale retail and repair of motor vehicles
  • transport and storage
  • accommodation and food services
  • information and communication
  • financial and insurance activities
  • real estate activities
  • professional scientific and technical activities
  • administrative and supportive services
  • public admin and defence; social security
  • education
  • human health and social work activities

Question

How comfortable or uncomfortable do you think women feel talking about health issues with their workplace?

  • comfortable
  • uncomfortable
  • don’t know

Question

How supportive has your current or previous workplace or the current or previous workplace of the woman you have in mind been with regards to health issues?

  • supportive
  • unsupportive
  • don’t know

Question

Has a health condition or disability impacted the experience you or the woman you have in mind have had in the workplace?

  • yes
  • no
  • prefer not to answer

Question

How did you think women health condition or disability or the health condition or disability of the woman you have in mind impact your or their experience in the workplace? Select all that apply.

  • stopped working earlier than planned
  • impacted productivity
  • work relationships
  • impacted earnings
  • opportunities for promotion
  • increased stress levels
  • impacted mental health
  • don’t know
  • prefer not to say
  • other

Question

Does your current or previous workplace or the current or previous workplace of the woman you have in mind provide any of the following policies or support that you are aware of? Select all that apply

  • flexible working
  • workplace adjustments
  • training and support for managers to better understand women’s health
  • occupational health
  • workplace policies for health
  • open discussion of sensitive/taboo topics
  • support for carers
  • statutory minimum sick pay
  • above statutory sick pay
  • policies/protection regarding domestic abuse
  • don’t know
  • prefer not to answer
  • other

Question

What support has helped you or the woman you have in mind or what would have helped to enable you or the woman you have in mind to work to your or their full potential? Max 350 words.

Research, evidence and data

Question

Women have been under-represented in research, particularly women of ethnic minorities, older women and women of child-bearing age, those with disabilities and LGBT women. This has implications for the health and care they receive, their options and awareness of treatments, and the support they can access afterwards.

Is there anything you would like to share regarding research, evidence and data relating to women’s health? Max 350 words.

Impacts of COVID-19 on women’s health

Question

Do you think women feel that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a positive or negative effect on their health?

  • positive
  • mostly positive
  • neither positive or negative
  • mostly negative
  • negative
  • don’t know
  • prefer not to answer

Question

Do you think women feel that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a positive or negative effect on their ability to access healthcare services?

  • positive
  • mostly positive
  • neither positive or negative
  • mostly negative
  • negative
  • don’t know
  • prefer not to answer

Question

Are there any aspects of healthcare have you think women particularly struggled to access during the COVID-19 pandemic? You can make 2 suggestions – max 50 words each.

Question

Are there any service changes that you think women would like to see continued in the future? You can make 2 suggestions – max 50 words each.

FAQs

What is the women's health Strategy? ›

The Women's Health Strategy is informed by the life course approach. Unlike a disease-orientated approach, which focuses on interventions for a single condition often at a single life stage, a life course approach focuses on understanding the changing health and care needs of women and girls across their lives.

How important is women's health? ›

Why is women's health so important? Women represent the cornerstone of a family's overall health, ensuring they have access to quality care also can lead to improved health for children and families. The health of families and communities are no doubt, tied to the health of women.

What is the gender health gap? ›

Allow us to introduce you to yet another element of the patriarchy – the gender health gap. This refers to the lack of research into the female body's reaction to disease and ill health, with a larger focus on the male body and its physiology.

Why do we need a women's health strategy? ›

The Women's Health Strategy promises to address the poor experiences and worse health outcomes that women endure. The underlying cause of these issues is that the health system has historically been built by men for men. Consequently, women are often not listened to or believed by the health and care system.

What is the most important issue in women's health? ›

1. Heart disease. Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for women.

What is the most important aspect of women's health? ›

One of the most important aspects of women's health is reproductive health. Each month, your body goes through a complete hormone cycle, so when something is off or is unbalanced, it affects your entire life, whether you realize it or not.

What factors affect women's health? ›

Major life transitions such as pregnancy, motherhood and menopause can create physical and emotional stresses for women. Negative life experiences – infertility and perinatal loss, poverty, discrimination, violence, unemployment and isolation – also impact on women's mental health and wellbeing.

Why is women's health neglected? ›

Research into women's health has suffered from historical neglect and lack of funding. This is reflected in, for example, the bias against women's experiences in the medical field and the lack of inclusion of the female sex in preclinical and clinical studies.

How does gender inequality affect women's health? ›

Gender inequality also poses barriers for women and girls to access health information and critical services, including restrictions on mobility, lack of decision-making autonomy, limited access to finances, lower literacy rates and discriminatory attitudes of healthcare providers.

How does gender affect women's health? ›

Gender impacts our health and wellbeing outcomes

2 to 3 times more women than men experience mental health problems like depression and anxiety. Harmful stereotypes about sexuality and body image play a part in this. The gender pay gap and Inequality at work puts women at higher risk of physical and mental illness.

How does social class affect health UK? ›

Inequalities in long-term health conditions

Long-term conditions are a major cause of poor quality of life in England. People in lower socio-economic groups are more likely to have long-term health conditions, and these conditions tend to be more severe than those experienced by people in higher socio-economic groups.

What are 5 female health concerns? ›

WHAT ARE THE TOP CONCERNS FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH?
  • ONE | Heart Disease.
  • TWO | Breast Cancer.
  • THREE | Gynecological Health - Ovarian and Cervical Cancer.
  • FOUR | Depression and Anxiety.
  • FIVE | Reproductive Health Issues.
  • Recommended Tips for Everyday Health.
  • Recommended Wellness Visits and Screenings for Women.
29 Sept 2021

What can be done to improve women's health? ›

Steps for Maintaining and Improving Women's Health
  • See your doctor for annual exams and screenings for cancer, including pap smears and mammograms.
  • Make sure you provide your body with the nutrition it needs. “We live in a very toxic world,” says Dr. ...
  • Manage your stress. ...
  • Engage in regular exercise.

What are 8 female health concerns? ›

Among the conditions that present most frequently in women, the following eight illnesses pose considerable health risks.
  • Heart Disease. ...
  • Breast Cancer. ...
  • Ovarian and Cervical Cancer. ...
  • Gynecological Health. ...
  • Pregnancy Issues. ...
  • Autoimmune Diseases. ...
  • Depression and Anxiety. ...
  • Health Technology for Women.

What are the challenges faced by women's today? ›

Issues in focus
  • Gender equality and gender backlash.
  • Women's autonomy, equality and reproductive health.
  • Women's land rights.
  • Criminalization of adultery.
  • Discrimination against women in nationality.
  • Women human rights defenders and gender discrimination.

What is women's health promotion? ›

The Women's Health Promotion (WHP) program helps pregnant and parenting African American women have healthy babies through care coordination, linkages to community resources, and support.

What is the single largest global threat to women's health? ›

Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones: What's the biggest health threat to women? It's intimate partner violence. 1 in 3 women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.

What is included in women's health? ›

Women's health includes a wide range of specialties and focus areas, such as: Birth control, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and gynecology. Breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and other female cancers. Mammography.

What is double burden of woman? ›

The double burden of women who have jobs and still shoulder the majority of the housework at home leads to women filing or initiating divorce. This concept of the double burden with married couples is a worldwide phenomenon. Throughout different cultures of the world, women spend more total hours in work than men do.

What is medical gaslighting? ›

Medical gaslighting is term used to describe doctors or medical practitioners who wrongly deny a patient's illness entirely, for example wrongly telling patients that they are not really sick, or blame a patient's physical illness or symptoms on psychological factors.

How common is medical gaslighting? ›

And in health care, medical gaslighting is pretty common, says Rosen. Especially among certain marginalized groups like women and minorities, including Black and Latino people: Those groups experience medical gaslighting more often.

What should you not tell your doctor? ›

Here is a list of things that patients should avoid saying:
  • Anything that is not 100 percent truthful. ...
  • Anything condescending, loud, hostile, or sarcastic. ...
  • Anything related to your health care when we are off the clock. ...
  • Complaining about other doctors. ...
  • Anything that is a huge overreaction.
17 Jun 2016

What are the 3 main areas of gender inequality in the world? ›

This index, called the Gender Inequality Index, measures inequalities in three dimensions: reproductive health (based on maternal mortality ratio and adolescent birth rates); empowerment (based on proportion of parliamentary seats occupied by females and proportion of adult females aged 25 years and older with at least ...

Why is gender equality important in healthcare? ›

Gender equality doesn't just advance the well-being of women, but benefits people of all genders through peace and security, economic prosperity, health, and happiness.

What are examples of health inequities? ›

Examples of health inequity
  • Lower life expectancy. Average life expectancy can vary dramatically depending on the region a person is born in. ...
  • Higher rates of mental ill-health. Inequity can also lead to chronic stress, which affects both mental and physical health. ...
  • Difficulty getting healthcare. ...
  • Preventable death.
16 May 2021

Is there a gender bias in health care? ›

Gender bias in healthcare is an intersectional issue

Weight bias in healthcare has become a topic of greater study in recent years, and further study has shown that this, too, is more likely to affect women than men. This can lead to misdiagnosis as well as mental stress (and even eating disorders) for patients.

Is Womens health underfunded? ›

In fact, in nearly three-quarters of cases where a disease primarily affects one gender, the so-called “men's diseases” are overfunded, while the “women's diseases” are dramatically underfunded.

How has women's health become a matter of concern? ›

It has contributed to 19 % of maternal deaths Abortions are major manse of maternal morbidity and mortality in India. All these statistics present a grim picture of women health in India and are a cause of concern Because of poor health.

Why is women's health neglected? ›

Research into women's health has suffered from historical neglect and lack of funding. This is reflected in, for example, the bias against women's experiences in the medical field and the lack of inclusion of the female sex in preclinical and clinical studies.

Is women's health given priority in our country? ›

The health of a woman is not a priority in our country, where 75 per cent of India's healthcare infrastructure is based in urban areas and only 1.3 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is for healthcare, which is significantly lower than the global average of 6 per cent.

Why is it important to take care of women's health explain the effects of ignoring it? ›

Answer: Women also need health care more and access the health care system more than do men. While part of this is due to their reproductive and sexual health needs, they also have more chronic non-reproductive health issues such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, mental illness, diabetes and osteoporosis.

What is women's health promotion? ›

The Women's Health Promotion (WHP) program helps pregnant and parenting African American women have healthy babies through care coordination, linkages to community resources, and support.

What are women's problems? ›

Six women's issues explained with emojis
  • 1) Violence against women and girls. ...
  • 2) Gender pay gap. ...
  • 3) Digital gender divide. ...
  • 4) Informal work and instability. ...
  • 5) Period poverty and stigma. ...
  • 6) Underrepresentation as leaders in health.
17 Jul 2020

What is medical gaslighting? ›

Medical gaslighting is term used to describe doctors or medical practitioners who wrongly deny a patient's illness entirely, for example wrongly telling patients that they are not really sick, or blame a patient's physical illness or symptoms on psychological factors.

How common is medical gaslighting? ›

And in health care, medical gaslighting is pretty common, says Rosen. Especially among certain marginalized groups like women and minorities, including Black and Latino people: Those groups experience medical gaslighting more often.

What should you not tell your doctor? ›

Here is a list of things that patients should avoid saying:
  • Anything that is not 100 percent truthful. ...
  • Anything condescending, loud, hostile, or sarcastic. ...
  • Anything related to your health care when we are off the clock. ...
  • Complaining about other doctors. ...
  • Anything that is a huge overreaction.
17 Jun 2016

What are women's priorities? ›

Asked to define success, women in the study most frequently cited financial security, family and happiness, while they gave lower priority to wealth, luxury and being a senior executive. Asked whether they would prefer more money, sex or power, 80% said they preferred money.

What are the basic needs of a woman? ›

Obviously every woman is different, but years of research showed that these are what they preferred on average.
  • AFFECTION. This one might just rank as high as “Sexual Fulfillment” ranks on the husband's list. ...
  • CONVERSATION. Women like to talk. ...
  • HONESTY AND OPENNESS. ...
  • FINANCIAL SUPPORT. ...
  • FAMILY COMMITMENT.
1 Oct 2019

What are the strategies to be implemented in India to attain total reproductive health? ›

Creating awareness and providing medical assistance to build a healthy society. Introducing sex education in schools to provide information about adolescence and adolescence related changes. Educating couples and those in the marriageable age groups about the available birth control methods and family planning norms.

What is Women's Health Empowerment? ›

Women's empowerment is a public health imperative: WHO

Discrimination in access to nutrition and the chance to grow healthy and strong. And discrimination in the workplace, where women can be subjected to unwanted advances or have their work undervalued or unpaid.

What are services included in women's health? ›

Women's health includes a wide range of specialties and focus areas, such as:
  • Birth control, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and gynecology.
  • Breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and other female cancers.
  • Mammography.
  • Menopause and hormone therapy.
  • Osteoporosis.
  • Pregnancy and childbirth.
  • Sexual health.
  • Women and heart disease.
10 Jan 2022

How does gender affect women's health? ›

Gender impacts our health and wellbeing outcomes

2 to 3 times more women than men experience mental health problems like depression and anxiety. Harmful stereotypes about sexuality and body image play a part in this. The gender pay gap and Inequality at work puts women at higher risk of physical and mental illness.

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