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2010 > Healthier Women

Healthier Women: Through life's three important stages

Welcome to Better Health, the magazine for patients and friends of Bumrungrad International.

Women face a host of unique health issues. That fact becomes apparent well before adulthood, as girls enter puberty and begin to experience significant physical changes.

In this issue of Better Health, we’re devoting special attention to the important health issues affecting women throughout their childbearing years, from puberty through menopause.

Highlights from This Issue

Get Ready for Your Healthier Menopause

Menopause is a naturally occurring process that doesn’t have to be difficult. Greater knowledge and preparation are giving women more control and improved quality of life during their menopausal years

What Women Should Know About Premature Menopause

Sometime during their late 30s or early 40s, many women begin to feel that their health is on the decline. Whether it’s difficulty sleeping, feeling sad or depressed, having less energy, etc., these common complaints that may seem like just a normal part of getting older may instead be genuine symptoms of a condition called premature menopause. To learn more, Better Health spoke with Dr. Pansak Sugkraroek, a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist specializing in reproductive endocrinology.

Special Health Issues for Over-30 Moms-To-Be

Women continue to marry and start families later than previous generations. Health-related issues take on greater significance for women planning to become mothers in their 30s and beyond.

Healthcare leaders seek lessons from Thai hospital

Following his recent presentation to CEOs from world-renowned teaching hospitals, Bumrungrad’s retiring Group CEO Curtis Schroeder sat down with Better Healthto share his insights on the changes affecting healthcare delivery around the world.

Q & A

Women face unique health issues at different stages of life. For this edition of Q & A, Dr. Parichart Thanasitthichai, a board certified gynecologist and obstetrician, answers reader questions about important women’s health topics.

Attention Parents: Is Your Child Starting Puberty Too Young?

For a child, puberty is an important, though often stressful, process on the way to adulthood. But when the process begins too soon, precocious puberty can be a more difficult experience, which also has important health consequences.

When Monthly Pain Isn't Normal

It’s hardly newsworthy that many women experience pain and discomfort during menstruation. In the majority of cases, menstrual pain – known by the medical term  dysmenorrhea – is a normal part of the menstrual cycle and doesn’t indicate the presence of disease or require follow-up medical treatment. But many women’s painful periods are caused by endometriosis.

Health Briefs

Bone fractures pose significant dangers, particularly after middle age. A recent study on bone health added further weight to the belief that taking a combination of calcium and vitamin D supplements can help prevent bone fractures – though calcium alone offers practically no additional fracture protection.

News from Bumrungrad International

German spine expert joins Bumrungrad medical team for specialized training Thirty doctors from Thailand and overseas recently attended a lecture and workshop on full-endoscopic spinal surgery.