I know most of you on reading the title have already dismissed this as yet another feminist trying to talk on the already exhausted topic of women empowerment. I call it a well exhausted topic judging from the number of NGOs we currently have that all aim at addressing the plea of a girl child. Honestly ,i now think the boy child is endangered, since he has been forgotten in the midst of all these efforts to help the girl child.
So,no,this is not another article to adress the plea of the girl child. Now you think I’m going to whine about how women are special because they have monthly flow and ability to give birth. ..blah blah blah. No. We as women already accepted the fact that labor pain is the punishment we got for eve eating the forbidden fruit. Like they say, accept and move on..which in my opinion, i think we have.
The reason i say being a woman is hard, is due to the number of medical conditions and diseases a woman is susceptible to, just on grounds of being female.Trust me they are quite a number of them. ..the reality of it is somewhat depressing
A couple of days ago we were having a lecture on osteoporosis.This is an age related condition affecting the bones,where there is a decrease in bone mass and strength.One of the risk factors is being female! One of my classmates started making fun of us women, saying how unfortunate it was to be female. Now thinking of it, there’s some truth in that.
Did you know women in the reproductive age are more prone to get TB?And that women especially of African decent were susceptible to sarcoidosis, a respiratory disease.Sebra klein,an immunologist at John Hopkins Hospital did studies to show that. women generally suffer more severe flu
symptoms than men.To Klein, this suggests
that women quickly mount a substantial
immune-system attack to clear infections —
and suffer the consequences of the
inflammatory responses that flood their
systems. “This is where females run into
trouble,” Klein says.Maybe this explains why i get flus almost weekly..argh
The fact that women have enhanced immune
systems compared to men increases women’s
resistance to many types of infection, but also
makes them more susceptible to autoimmune
An example is antiphospholipid antibody
syndrome (APS). In this disease, the patient
produces antibodies against phospholipids —
fat found in every cell wall. The major
consequence of APS is blood clotting, which
can cause stroke, miscarriages, migraine
headaches, and clotting disorders. It is a significant cause
of strokes in women under the age of 35 as
well as recurrent miscarriage.
Other autoimmune diseases include: Lupus and hashimoto’s thyroiditis
As if this findings are not already heartbreaking, it gets worse.We are more at risk of getting UTIs,HIV and some STDs.(why us Lord..why??)The lining of the vagina is thinner and more delicate than the skin on a penis, so it’s easier for bacteria and viruses to penetrate.Also the vagina is a good environment (moist) for bacteria to grow.Hence the higher risk of getting UTIs.
Women are more likely to die after a first heart attack than men. This is because the symptoms are slightly different from the known symptoms of a heart attack (pain on the left side of the chest ,radiating to the left arm) .For women,they tend to get pain under the breast bone, abdominal pain, indigestion, difficulties in breathing, nausea and unexplained fatigue. Hence there’s a higher likelyhood of getting misdiagnosed.
Women are also more at risk of getting mental illnesses. Not forgetting the state of immunosuppresion they get when pregnant, rendering them at risk of many infections
. Did i mention the risk of getting anemia if one has a very heavy monthly period or miscarriage? ?
By now i hope you feel me. When i say being a woman is challenging, trust me it is.But the beauty of it all is that despite all these challenges that come our way, a woman is a creation with so much strength and resilience. Strength of a woman they call it, and i totally agree.
I see it in my mama as she provides for us single handedly. I see it in my sister, i see it in my female friends, i see it in myself.
Being a woman is not a curse but a blessing. This Saturday as we mark the international women’s day, let’s celebrate the women.
Because despite of all the challenges, we are overcoming it. Being female is nolonger something to hold you back. Instead it is a force that urges you to defy the odds and leave a mark in the world.
Being female is a challenge, but that’s exactly the motivation we need to achieve greatness.
Happy women’s day