Women often spend more time caring for others than for themselves. It is important for women – many of whom are busy caring for children or aging parents – to focus on their own health as well. In addition to caring for others, many women also work full-time jobs that increase responsibilities and stress levels.
Stress is a leading contributor of gastrointestinal problems such as acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn and stomach ulcers. Many women try to treat their symptoms by taking over-the-counter medications, but antacids and acid reducers are intended to provide relief of temporary GI upset and are not to be used over the long-term for chronic issues.
A board-certified gastroenterologist can help address the underlying cause of persistent GI symptoms. The gastroenterologist can perform comprehensive tests to identify the root cause of symptoms and can prescribe medication, lifestyle changes or stress management techniques.
May is Women’s Health Month, a time for women to make wellness a priority and build positive habits for a healthy life – so take time this month to make an appointment with a GI specialist.