By NUH Women’s Centre
A Women's Life Cycle
As a woman, you will experience many changes, both physically and emotionally, during your lifetime. Every stage of your life has its own unique features and the health issues which you may face vary with each stage.
Early Adulthood (20s - 30s)
As a young adult woman, it is essential for you to consider the need for good nutrition, exercise and regular health checks such as Pap smear tests. It is advisable to stay aware of the importance of contraception and safe sex, and the small but real risk of the more common sexually transmitted diseases such as herpes, gonorrhoea and chlamydia.
The Prime of Life (30s - 40s)
Like many women, there comes a time when you are stepping into the foray hoping to have a child with your life partner. Observing an appropriate diet, regular exercising and leading a healthy lifestyle, such as avoiding smoking and drinking alcohol, are important tips for a healthy pregnancy when you are planning for a baby.
Most couples are able to conceive naturally and have healthy babies. However about one in six couples in Singapore experience some level of difficulties in achieving pregnancy. Numerous fertility treatments are available and these include simple follicular tracking, intra-uterine insemination (IUI) and Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART) treatments such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).
The Middle Years (40s - 50s)
For many women, their 40s and 50s can be a rich stage of life.
The middle years do not necessarily bring health problems but regular health screenings for early detection of illnesses, such as breast cancer or cervical cancer, becomes important.
The passage through the menopausal year will be marked by physical and emotional changes, some of which can be difficult, but sensitivity and the right kind of medical help will bring a new understanding of the way the body changes and what is important to ensure well-being for the rest of your life.
The "Silver" Years (50s and beyond)
With good health and vitality, you can hope to live life to the fullest even after the age of 50. An optimistic approach to life after retirement can allow you to discover great happiness.
For more information, please contact the Women's Clinic at (65) 6772 2255 / 2277, or email us at Womens_Clinic@nuhs.edu.sg'
This featured article is contributed by the NUH Women’s Centre, National University Hospital. Please visit www.nuhgynae.com.sg to read more.