This work has been written to help women care for their own health, and to help community health workers or others to meet women's health needs - problems that affect only women, or that affect women in different ways from men. It combines self-help medical information with an understanding of the ways in which poverty, discrimination and cultural beliefs may limit women's health or access to care. Developed with community-based groups and medical experts from more than 30 countries, this book aims to help anyone understand, treat and prevent many of the health problems that can affect women. Topics featured in the book include: how to solve health problems; ways to stay healthy; understanding the reproductive parts of women's bodies; sexual health; HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases; pregnancy, birth and breast feeding; mental health; health concerns of women with disabilities, girls, older women and refugees; the politics of women's health; rape and other violence against women; and the use of medicines in women's health.
Women's health is a community issue; solving health problems; the medical system; understanding our bodies; health concerns of girls; pregnancy and childbirth; breastfeeding; growing older; women with disabilities; staying healthy; eating for good health; sexual health; family planning; infertility; abortion and complications of abortion; sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and other infections of the genitals; AIDS; violence against women; rape and sexual assault; sex workers; pain in the lower abdomen; abnormal bleeding from the vagina; problems of the urine system; cancer and growths; tuberculosis; work; mental health; alcohol and other drugs; refugees and displaced women; female circumcision; medicines and women's health; table of medicines - green pages; health care skills; vocabulary - list of difficult words; where to get more information; index - yellow pages.