As our regular readers will already be well aware, we are prone to the off infographic here at Young Academic. Many are cool and quirky and we have featured everything from your car MOT to the best sporting venues. However, today we have a series of infographics making this somewhat of a bumper feature about a far more serious issue; women’s health. We gathered this information alongside our friends at Pharma Nord

Women aged 16 and over were asked to answer questions about their general and physical health, wellbeing and mental health, sexual and reproductive health, and childbirth and pregnancy.

The data gathered presents a clearer picture of what is impacting female wellbeing in the UK, with the aim of opening the channels of conversation.

The first is all about general and physical health:

Womens health infographic- general and physical health

There’s a lot to be said for the pressure women put on themselves to look good. In the survey, 42 per cent said their body type or weight has affected their personal wellbeing, with the largest proportion aged between 25 and 34. Similarly, 30 per cent said that their appearance had affected their wellbeing.

The second is regarding all-important sexual and reproductive health;

Womens health infographic- sexual and reproductive health

Sexuality is an integral part of being human and it contributes greatly to an individual’s overall wellbeing.

Out of all respondents, 91 per cent identified as heterosexual, just over 3 per cent are homosexual and another 3 per cent class themselves as bisexual.

82 per cent of all women surveyed were sexually active. When asked if they had suffered any sexual dysfunction, the most common response was a loss of sex drive or desire. Over 30 per cent of women who had experienced this were aged 55 to 64, while 26 per cent were between 25 and 34. This indicates that reduced sex drive can affect anyone, regardless of age. Again our friends at Pharma Nord, who have recently released their latest Lady Prelox have been essential to gaining this insight to what is sometimes a taboo subject for young women and indeed, the older generation.

The third women’s health infographic was is all about childbirth and pregnancy;

Womens health infographic- childbirth and pregnancy

Childbirth is a very special time, but are we open to talking about the negative effects it can have on women’s wellbeing if health issues are ignored?

Out of the 54 percent of women who had given birth, over six per cent highlighted that they had suffered with postnatal depression. This condition is more common than people may think, affecting roughly one in every ten women. As the NHS reports, postnatal depression can go unnoticed and, while women who are suffering from the disorder don’t feel right, many simply put it down to hormones.

The fourth and final infographic shows a wealth of information regarding wellbeing and mental health;

Womens health infographic- wellbeing and mental health

The Mental Health Foundation reports that a quarter of Brits will have first-hand experience of a mental health illness in a typical year. As such, it is likely that we will come into contact with a mental health challenge during our lifetimes.

Whether this is a personal experience or a mental health problem of a loved one, we have a greater chance of overcoming and managing issues if we remove stigma and talk about the challenges openly.

As we are sure you will agree, this article contains a mine of information for women of whatever ages. We hope you enjoyed reading this latest Young Academic lifestyle guide and if you did, please do share on social media and be sure to come back soon!
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Charles Whitworth is the Editor of the Young Academic publications. Graduating from the University of Liverpool with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism in 2008, Charles learnt his trade in newsrooms such as IPC Media and Sky. He has now developed as a top sports, music and current affairs journalist and has been printed in a range of publications including The Guardian. His interests include Cricket, Football, Rugby, Music and Current Affairs. Fresh from the editorship of Student Times he now takes the reins at Young Academic - the premier student news portal. Connect with me on Google+

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