A Healthy You
Women, have multiple roles to play, while juggling these many roles, the
person that she neglects the most is ‘herself’. People say, ‘A healthy woman
leads to a healthy family and a happy home’ or ‘the most important aspect of
child care is mother care’, which endorses the fact that a woman is the pivot
around which her entire family revolves.
Women are finally taking certain aspects of their health seriously. Though it
is good to ‘look good’ and ‘feel good’, it is even more necessary for us to
take care of our internal health, because it is our internal health that is
eventually reflected in our outward well being.
Dr. Zohara Siamwala, is a leading gynecologist, who specialises in infertility
and endoscopic surgeries. She has been practicing since 1996, both in Mumbai
and Pune. She has suggested the following tips that will help women lead a
healthy, happy and stress free life:
1. Have regular check up with your gynaecologist:
It is best to have regular check up especially at the and during the three
milestones of your life: after puberty, during pregnancy and at menopause.
Thus if there are any irregularities they can be detected and rectified
2. Sonography: should be done regularly
(at least once a year) from puberty to menopause. It is painless, non-invasive
and no ionizing radiation is used.
It can be used as guidance for biopsies of the liver, breast and thyroid
gland, which is cheaper and less invasive than an open biopsy.
3. Pap smear: Have a Pap test done every
2-3 years, especially in the years one is sexually active. It reduces the risk
of cervical cancer.
4. Mammography: A mammogram is an x-ray
picture of the breast. Screening mammograms are used to check for breast
cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease. Diagnostic
mammograms are used to check for breast cancer after a lump or other sign or
symptom of the disease has been found.
Screening mammography can help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer
among women ages 40 to 70.
However Mammograms should be taken regularly after the age of 30 if one has a
strong blood history of cancer. For example if ones Masi, Faiji , Mother, Dadi
or Nani has suffered from cancer.
5. Haemogram: From the age of 12, all
girls, should undergo Haemogram screening. This is a test for iron deficiency,
however it indirectly helps one assess multiple problems. If the hemoglobin
count is low, one may suffer from- blood loss, excessive bleeding or
6. Thyroid Function test: The Thyroid
Gland is responsible for all bodily functions like respiration, digestion,
memory, ovulation, and menstruation, to name just a few. The Thyroid Function
Test should be taken at puberty, pregnancy and at menopause.
One of the effects of an underactive thyroid is weak bones. If the mother
suffers from an underactive thyroid, the baby may have a lower IQ. An
overactive thyroid gland may result in excessive weight loss, despite eating
7. Hygiene: On an everyday basis, one
should take care of one’s personal cleanliness, like bathing regularly,
changing ones sanitary napkin everyday or even more often if needed. Failure
to do so leads to fungal infections and rashes.
One should also wear clean clothes, paying special attention to our night
8. Nutrition: A healthy diet is essential
to be a healthy person. Try incorporating salads in your meals. Incorporate
more protein in your diet and try to cut down your consumption of
carbohydrates, especially as you grow older. An egg a day goes a long way to
boost your health. Try using low fat oil and avoid reusing or reheating your