Women's health is in many ways different from men's health. Women's health is part of the health of the population, where health is defined by the World Health Organization as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not just the absence of diseases or ailments”. Often seen as simply the reproductive health of women, many groups advocate for a broader definition of women's overall health, which is best expressed as “women's health.” These differences are further exacerbated in developing countries, where women whose health includes both risks and experience are even more disadvantaged.

Women's health and illness are different from men's due to unique biological, social, and behavioral conditions. Biological differences range from phenotype to cellular and present unique risks to poor health. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not just the absence of illness or disease.” Women's health is an example of public health, the health of a particular population.


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