Women's Wellness and Resource Library

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When it comes to your health, having the right information is important. Access the expertise of Spectrum Health specialists along with helpful resources and tools as you take an active role in your own health. 

Explore information on symptoms and conditions that commonly affect women. You’ll learn lifestyle tips and find answers to the questions our care team hears the most.

Abnormal Bleeding

Abnormal uterine bleeding can be an alarming symptom for many women; however, it also happens to be extremely common.

Anxiety

The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that as many as 33% of American men and women may experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives.

Breast Pain

Breast pain is something most women experience over the course of their lives, and often, for different reasons and at different times.

Decreased Libido

Women are two to three times more likely than men to be affected by a decline in sex drive as they age.

Depression

Depression can be caused by genetics, low levels of B vitamin folate, burnout, chronic stress, difficult life transitions, grief and loss, certain medical conditions and traumatic events.

Endometriosis

Endometriosis, or “endo,” happens with tissue similar to endometrium—the tissue inside the uterus—grows outside your uterus.

Fibroids

Fibroids are noncancerous growths in or on the uterine wall. They’re very common.

Heart Disease

Heart disease is widespread in women. More women die from heart attacks every year than men. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S.

Hot Flashes

A hot flash is the sudden sensation of heat in the face, neck and chest—and occasionally throughout the rest of the body.

Incontinence

Incontinence is the accidental loss of urine. About 15% of women experience this problem at some point. Fortunately, it’s treatable and reversible.

Menopause

Most women complete the menopause transition within four years—though for some it may take as little as two years and for others, eight years or longer.

Night Sweats

A night sweat is essentially a hot flash you have during sleep. Night sweats are one of the most common symptoms of perimenopause.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis makes bones weak and more likely to break. As many as one in three women older than 50 may experience an osteoporosis-related fracture.

Overactive Bladder

Routinely using the bathroom eight or more times a day and more than once at night can be a sign of overactive bladder.

Painful Periods

Painful periods, including severe cramping, affect approximately half of all menstruating women.

Painful Sex

About 20% to 50% of U.S. women experience symptoms in the vulva or vaginal area sometime during menopause.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse happens when the muscles in your pelvis weaken, letting the bladder, urethra, uterus or rectum slip down into the vagina.

Weight Gain

About two-thirds of women ages 40 to 59 and nearly three-quarters of women older than 60 are overweight. Being overweight increases the risk for many health problems.

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