Women's Health Issues in the UAE


Fraser Clarke

Ahead of the World Congress on Gynaecology and Obstetrics later this month, the UAE has revealed the five biggest issues affecting women’s reproductive health.

Scheduled to take place on April 16 and 17 in Dubai, 14 of the world’s leading experts in the field will speak about current trends, issues and the academic future of the sector.

Prior to the event however a list of the top five health issues affecting women in the UAE was published, with many being linked to ‘first world’ problems like obesity and vitamin deficiencies. 

1 - Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

An increasingly common issue throughout the developed world, PCOS can be genetically transferred and is associated with an increased risk of developing conditions like type-2 diabetes and high cholesterol in later life.

Officially there is no cure for the condition, however with treatment patients are still able to give birth.

2 - Fibroids

Non Cancerous growths made of muscle and fibre tissue that grow around the Uterus, these are linked to Oestrogen, however the exact causes remain unknown.

Around one in three women experience the issues - normally between the ages of 16 and 50, with symptoms including abdominal and back pain the most commonly experienced.

3 - Endometriosis

A common long-term condition, rates in the Emirates appear to be on the rise.

Those with the issue can face difficulty in getting pregnant, along with nausea and crippling abdominal pains. Depression rates also increase notably in Endometriosis patients. There is currently no cure, however it can be managed in a variety of ways.

4 - Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome

Along with a range of other issues, obesity can lead to hormonal imbalances and an irregular menstrual cycle. Unsurprisingly this is a major issue in the UAE, where obesity rates - especially among women - have soared in recent years.

5 - Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer

All of the other issues combine to put women in the Emirates at a higher than average risk of both cardiovascular disease and Cancer.

Rates of both are on the rise, with an increasingly unhealthy lifestyle - especially poor diets and a lack of exercise - the major contributory factors.

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