Women face unique health challenges that may be easily treated if they are detected and diagnosed early. To facilitate prompt treatment of common female health conditions, doctors typically order blood work that can give prompt and reliable results.
The World Health Organization reports that over 30 percent of non-pregnant women suffer from anemia. This condition results from a lack of iron in your blood. It causes symptoms that can include:
- Yellow skin tone and eyes
- Blueish lips and fingernails
- Brittle hair
- Weakness and dizziness
Some types of anemia can be treated with improved diet and by taking multivitamins. However, anemia caused by excess blood loss or heavy periods must be treated by medications like oral birth control pills.
Close to 20 percent of the U.S. population suffers from hypothyroidism, or under active thyroid. Out of that 20 percent, women are five to eight times more likely than men to be diagnosed with this highly treatable condition.
Before a doctor can prescribe the best course of treatment, which can include steroids to multivitamins, patients must first be diagnosed accurately with this illness. A simple blood test can detect how active the thyroid is and what medication could be used to increase its function.
The CDC reported more than 12,000 confirmed diagnoses of cervical cancer in the U.S. in 2014. Close to a third, or more than 4000 of those diagnosed women died from the illness.
If detected early, cervical cancer can be treated relatively easily with chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery. Detecting the presence of cancerous cells can be done with a simple lab test that requires the swabbing of the cervix. The swab is then sent to the lab to be screened for cancerous cells.
Kidney disease can affect women of all ages. It can range from relatively mild complications like kidney stones to more serious and life-threatening conditions like renal failure. The tests can also detect high levels of uric acid, which could signal the onset of kidney stones, or the presence of abnormal cells that could indicate the onset of cancer.
Women of all ages can suffer from high cholesterol. This condition results from poor diet as well as genetics. It can lead to health conditions like heart disease, obesity, and increased risk of stroke. If blood work shows that your cholesterol levels are high, a patient may need to be prescribed medications to get them back under control.
A variety of women’s health issues can be detected quickly with laboratory tests. A women’s health doctor may order tests to treat patients or help them to avoid these common illnesses.