The female reproductive system is one of the systems in the body that serves many vital functions but hits a time limit in the long run. Unlike the male reproductive system, reproduction will cease when menopause is reached as a response to the decreasing oestrogen levels in the body. This is virtually impossible in men, although testosterone may decrease with aging, but reproduction is still ongoing.
The female reproductive system is prone to infections, trauma, and imbalances that may delay pregnancy, cause infertility, or be beset with pathologic conditions. Although, it can be said that there is no fool proof way to prevent disease, there are ways that you can adapt to make your reproductive system stay in tip-top shape.
- Eat right, exercise, maintain a healthy body weight, and get enough sleep – keeping these habits in your lifestyle is still is the best way to keep the reproductive system healthy. Being overweight/underweight may cause problems with pregnancy as well as having constant stress in your life may lower your body’s immune system and cause infections. Another thing to remember is that stress affects the normal menstrual cycle, and encourages the imbalance of hormones that may cause problems later on.
- Stop smoking – a stick of cigarette contains thousands of toxic chemicals that cause addiction, coronary problems, and cancer. Research shows that smoking often alters the ovaries, the uterus, and other parts of the female reproductive system. In addition, smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of your baby developing congenital malformations.
- Get screened regularly – as we age, a trusted gynaecologist may be our best friend. Getting screened regularly such as that of a pap smear and testing for STD’s and infections can save our life as early detection has a marked difference in the survival rate.
- Engage in safe sex – safe sex is paramount to preventing disease. There are some STDs that are incurable, such as HPV, HIV, herpes and these conditions may change your life forever. Before engaging in any sexual intercourse, having your partner tested is a fool-proof way to know if he is safe, or simply using a condom can prevent transmission.
Prevention is always better than cure. Following these guidelines and observing good hygiene will give you the best leverage in protecting your female reproductive system.