The female reproductive system plays a major role in overall health and wellness. Uterine and ovary health are uniquely female. Before you even visit the doctor, keeping up with proper health and wellness starts with the lifestyle you lead.
There are many things women can do to improve the health and wellness of their reproductive system and it starts with understanding how they each function. The uterus is the organ that gives life to the fetus, and it is also a very important endocrine organ. It secretes a variety of hormones to maintain the stability of female endocrine. The level of estrogen in a woman’s body affects her mental state throughout her life and can even
determine the course of her year.
The uterus is susceptible to certain diseases which can alter a woman’s life. The most common include problems related to pregnancy, endocrine disorders and bacterial infections. Women are often the victims of contraception or pregnancy failure such as abortion or ectopic pregnancy and that can have an adverse affect on the uterus. Inflammation caused by various microbial infections such as uterine erosion, endometritis, cervicitis, pelvic inflammatory disease, etc are also common. Lifestyle choices like unsafe sex can lead to a greater risk for these infections. There can also be a a change in uterine strength due to endocrine disorders
like irregular menstruation, uterine functional bleeding, uterine fibroid, uterine tumors, ovarian tumors. The ovaries are perhaps the most important reproductive organs in women. Known as the source of women’s health and beauty, the ovaries play an important role in female physiological characteristics by secreting estrogen. Everything from skin health to sexual health and even appearance are all shaped by the ovaries. Whether or not ovarian function is normal directly affects the quality of women’s body shape, face, health, mood and sexual life. With the decline of ovarian health comes skin issues, body health, insomnia, irritability, anxiety, menstrual disorders, decreased quality of sexual life, and early menopause.
Here are 7 bad habits to avoid for better reproductive health:
- Not eating breakfast is a common problem. The body needs nutrients to operate at peak performance and the female reproductive system is no different. Uterine malnutrition can lead to small uterus, thin endometrium, easy menstruation, and even fetal problems if a woman is pregnant. Chinese medicine dictates having bread for breakfast and noodles with egg milk can increase your body’s immunity and reduce chronic diseases.
- People who are often angry are prone to stagnation. Temperament can affect blood flow and even cause blood stasis. Too much congestion is toxic and makes it more challenging for the blood to operate within the body. Chinese medicine believes that “the blood will not go, the blood will not be born.” If there is blood stasis in the uterus, it will affect the formation of new blood, leading a lack of nourishment.
- The body needs rest just as much as it needs food and water. Sleep can alleviate tension while nourishing the yin and enhancing the body’s resistance to disease. Lack of sleep can lead to blood deficiency, uterine and ovarian dystrophy, early menopause, decreased immunity, and may induce various other uterine and ovarian diseases.
- Being active is important to maintain optimal health. Not getting enough exercise can lead to poor blood circulation of the uterus and ovaries, induced various inflammations, such as cervicitis, premature ovarian failure.
- Safe sex practices can greatly help with female reproductive health. Proper hygiene is also important for avoiding issue like infection or worse.
- Multiple abortions can damage the endometrium, causing the inner membrane to become thinner, allowing bacteria to enter the uterine cavity and induce endometritis. After an abortion, the endometrium cannot be completely repaired in a short period of time, and the cervical mucus plug is rubbed off during surgery. Causes bacteria to enter the uterine cavity easily.
- One principle of Chinese medicine is that the female constitution is yin, and therefore should not eat too much cold food. Since the body is naturally warm, exposure to the cold and even cold foods entering the body will consume yang, affecting the circulation of blood, leading to
“uterine cold”, adverse effects on the uterus and ovaries including premature ovarian failure.