Despite a growing body of new women’s health research, the ideaof equating women and men’s health still persist.
Fundamentally, a stage is set for simplifying women’s health toa point of triggering dangerous health consequences for women.
This is not to say that breaking complex subjects into simplerparts is wrong.
In fact it is very important to do this in order to manageinformation overload.However, significant problems can arisewhenever you make things simpler than they are.
This is what I call the “theory-to-practice” dilemma.
For example, the 10-day weight-loss diet might sound great atfirst, but in the end, short-cuts to health will always defeatyour confidence as you end up weighing more than when you firststarted.
If health issues were simple, medical and health professionalswould have broken the code to health long ago. Unfortunately,many media messages continue to promote one-dimensional and oversimplified solutions for women’s sexual and overall healthproblems.
Marketers know the time demands placed on modern women today andoffer up seductive and tempting simple one-step solutions tocomplex problems such as sexual dysfunction.
And so a vicious circle of poor health decisions is created.
The consequences are more than minor.The social, physical andemotional impact of poor health choices impacts everything youdo.Your quality of life depends on good health choices, yetwomen are at greater risk of making poor choices.
Not because they are not informed, but because they aremisinformed.
Consider the following physiological differences between men andwomen:
– Ibuprofen, as a pain reliever, is not as effective in women asin men.
– Men and women display different symptoms of heart attack.Chest pain is most common in men while women’s symptoms aresubtler, often characterized by generalized fatigue, abdominalpain and nausea
– Women with irritable bowel syndrome will respond better thanmen to certain types of treatment (serotonin receptorantagonist).
– Men and women absorb and excrete some drugs in different waysand at different rates. Some drugs are more effective in womenwhile others have more severe side effects in women than in men.
Clearly women are different then men. More importantly, womenare more sexually sophisticated than men!
Now the question is what to do?
Make sure when you research a potential product that the productclaims are based on female-subject research.
You will find that most are not; this is just a fact of science.
When this happens do not completely discard the science, butbecome more active in asking your health care provider questionsabout how the medication or treatment is different for women.
Never assume your doctor will tell you about gender differences!
You should especially be watchful of products sold on theInternet. The biggest problem with most websites is that theytend to make Women’s Sexual Health Issues extremely simpler thanthey really are.
For example, many websites promote or over emphasize thebenefits of a single health product rather than providingcritical; background information on how the product may fit intoyour lifestyle.
The promise to cure a female sexual dysfunction such as vaginaldryness withthe application of a specially formulated cream isoften an oversimplification.
It is seductive to get that quick fix, but treating a symptomoften just shifts problems to other parts of the body. This isnot say that you should not seek products that will relievesymptoms or provide a short term benefit – the caveat is thatone-step interventions are not enough to achieve optimal sexualhealth and overall wellness.