There's a lot that goes into keeping a body healthy, and while a lot of it is the same for either sex, some is very different. Check your women's health knowledge with this HowStuffWorks quiz!
A C-section, or Caesarian section, is when a baby is delivered through an incision in its mother's abdomen and uterus. This is a common procedure which is necessary when a baby is large in size, there's more than one infant or the birth is complicated.
Menopause is the hormonal changes women go through between the ages of 30-60. Their ovaries stop functioning and they can no longer become pregnant.
Pregnant women in their third trimester commonly experience edema or pregnancy swelling. This affects their ankles and feet.
Women experience a monthly fertility cycle, of which menstruation or "having a period" is a natural part. It is estimated that 14 percent to 25 percent of women experience menstruation issues.
Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors and growths that form in the womb. They can cause pain and make it difficult for a woman to get pregnant.
Cervical cancer happens when the cells on a woman's cervix grow out of control. The cervix is the narrow passage at the bottom of the uterus.
An Intrauterine Device (IUD) is a small T-shaped plastic or copper birth control device inserted into the uterus. Hormonal IUDs (like Mirena) can help women manage painful periods or the symptoms of certain hormonal disorders.
MS is a progressive disease of the central nervous system with no cure. It's two to three times more common in women than men.
Some women may struggle to find a pill that works for them. They can experience numerous side effects from the hormonal changes these pills cause.
This complex disorder is not entirely understood yet. It is, however, four times more likely to affect women than men.
Every woman experiences menopause differently. For some it is mild and for others, it is not.
Depression is two times more common in women than men. This is likely due to a combination of societal and biological factors.
Between 2 percent to 10 percent of expectant mothers in the U.S. develop gestational diabetes. If monitored closely it does not negatively affect babies, however, it can have consequences if ignored.
During menstruation, women experience significant hormonal shifts, which can cause all sorts of physical and emotional changes. This, of course, is different for every woman.
Menopause happens to different women at different ages and can have completely different symptoms. While it usually occurs between the ages of 30-60, there is no way to know exactly when it will start.
Young women who are pregnant, or use certain kinds of birth control, often skip their periods. However, unless either of these things apply, abnormal menstruation may be a sign of a health problem.
It's estimated that up to a quarter of women experience abnormal or painful periods. For some women, this pain is so excessive that they can't go about their daily tasks. Different forms of birth control can lessen and sometimes even get rid of this pain entirely.
Women attempt suicide three times more often than men, however, men die by suicide 3.5 times more often than women. Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in the US.
A child born before 37 weeks is premature. The less mature a child is at birth, the more likely it will have health problems which can be potentially fatal.
PCOS is a condition in which a hormonal imbalance can present in a number of ways. Some of the symptoms of PCOS include infertility, excess body hair, acne, weight gain and mood disorders.
Strokes are responsible for 8 percent of female deaths in the U.S. However, over 60 percent of all strokes in a given year will occur to women.
Yeast infections occur when too many yeast cells grow in the vagina. This is easily treatable and, while irritating, almost never serious.
26.4 out of 100,000 women die of pregnancy-related complications in the United States. This is nearly three times the maternal mortality rate of Portugal and Germany, who have the next most deaths.
Endometriosis is a common disease in which tissue that should grow inside the uterus grows outside of it. It leads to infertility and is incredibly painful.
There are often reasons women choose to take birth control aside from the most obvious and controversial. From painful, unpredictable periods to hormonal imbalances that can cause all sorts of physical and mood issues, the right kind of birth control can solve these medical issues for some women.
Over 12 million women in the United States have diabetes, but almost a quarter of them have not been diagnosed. Women of color have the highest risk amongst women of developing this condition.
Women in their 30s and 40s are the most likely group of people to develop endometriosis. This risk is six times higher for women who have a mother, sister or daughter with the condition.
There are roughly 4.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's and over half of them are female. More women die of the disease every year than men.
When a pregnancy is lost within the first 20 weeks, this is considered a miscarriage. 80 percent of miscarriages happen before 12 weeks.
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease which causes a person's immune system to attack healthy tissue. This can damage a person's joints, skin and organs and cause a wide range of symptoms. 90 percent of the people suffering from lupus are women.
Heart disease accounts for 27 percent of female deaths in the US every year. Roughly 500,000 women die from heart disease annually, that is more than all types of cancer combined.
There are over 3 million annual doctors visits every year for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS. It affects many more women than men and is often worse around the time of a woman's period.
Turner Syndrome is a condition where a female is born with a missing or partial X chromosome. This often causes infertility, heart issues and an altered appearance.
Cancer is the second biggest threat faced by women after heart disease. Lung cancer is the most common form, claiming nearly 70,000 lives a year mostly due to smoking.
Rett Syndrome is a developmental and neurological disorder that mostly affects women. People with this disorder develop normally at first only to stop developing and even regress over the course of their life.