Women face unique health issues, from puberty through menopause women deal with hormonal fluctuations, monthly menses, ovulation, pregnancy, and lactation. Women may suffer from pre menstrual, or menopausal tensions, including irritability, mood swings, bloating, breast tenderness, uterine discomfort, headache, nausea, insomnia and general malaise. Some of us deal with uterine fibroids, breast and ovarian cysts, yeast infections, cervical dysplasia, vaginal dryness, and incontinence.
Breast cancer is a devastating illness striking women often in the prime of life. As many as 44,000 women die from breast cancer each year. As women age, they are warned to guard against osteoporosis, or thinning and weakening of bones. The risk of heart disease climbs rapidly. As many as 3.6 per cent of American women, or about 375,000, die from heart disease each year. In addition, coronary risk factors such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension are all on the rise among women.
Estrogen therapy has been considered as cardiovascular protection for women, but recent clinical trials have cast doubt on its efficacy in doing so. In fact, some data suggests that estrogen, as well as progesterone, therapies may have the opposite, or deleterious effect.
In most parts of the world, women are the principle member of the family unit, doing a full days work, looking after the children, cooking cleaning and then satisfying their husband's demands, often going to bed hungry. In the third world, women are the last to eat, if there is any food left over. The modern woman deals with as many stresses, just in different ways. AMSAR recognizes the importance of women, their unique place in society and offers a range of safe, affordable natural products that take care of every need from maturity to the twilight years. Women's health is an area of focus in the AMSAR Research program.