Medically reviewed by
Dr. Stephen Jones
McLeod OB/GYN Dillon
For many years, medical research on topics, such as heart disease, focused on men. The results were then applied to women as well as men.
“More recently, science has come to understand that the variations in hormones, organs and even cultural influences imposes differences on a woman’s overall health,” says McLeod OB/GYN Dr. Stephen Jones. For example, osteoporosis is more common in women. Some medicines, such as certain sleep medications and aspirin, affect women differently. Pain disorders, such as the jaw condition of TMJ, are more likely to affect women. And about 80% of people affected by autoimmune disease are women.”
In general, an autoimmune disease is where a person’s health is attacked by their own immune system. Some of the most common of these include:
For a more complete list of autoimmune diseases that may strike women, click here.
WHO IS AT GREATER RISK?
Certain women may be more likely to suffer an autoimmune disease due to their age, their family or where they live. More specifically:
ACTION YOU CAN TAKE
Don’t hesitate to mention any troubling symptoms during your OB/GYN office visit. They may be able to diagnose and treat your problem or, if necessary, refer you to the appropriate subspecialist for treatment.
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Sources include: McLeod Health, National Institutes of Health, US Department of Health & Human Services (Office of Women’s Health)