As our little red dot progresses from Third World to First, Singaporeans currently enjoy the fourth-longest life expectancy rate in the world, according to the latest WHO figures. Ladies here are expected to live to 85, while men still lag behind with an average life expectancy of 80. But one big question looms over this apparent survival advantage over the boys: Will those extra years be truly golden and glorious, vigorous and healthy? Or will we be sinking slowly into the pain of being saggy, sick, sad and lonely?
The bad news is: While more women than men are likely to cross the 100-year mark, men draw a better stick when it comes to the quality of life between the centenarians. For one, it’s been reported that 32 percent of male centenarians don’t suffer from any major health conditions, whilst only 15 percent of old gals survive a healthy 100 birthdays or more. Just flipping through gossip magazines, it’s not difficult to find examples of A-listing Tinseltown dudes like Tom Cruise (53) or George Clooney (54) who look suave beside their much younger wives (or ex-wives), Katie Holmes (36) and Amal Alamuddin (37) respectively, and still command top dollars.
So yes, ladies! We need to be more attentive to our bodies and our ageing to match quantity to the quality of life, so that we can grow old gracefully and in tandem with our husbands.
FIGHT THE BIG ‘C’
Amongst unique feminine issues plaguing the fairer sex, breast cancer stands out as a global health issue and leading cause of death in women. Its incidence in Asia is rapidly rising, with Singapore having one of the highest at 54.9 per 100,000 per year. Breast cancer is now the most common cancer amongst Singaporean women, accounting for almost 30 percent of all cancer cases.
All women are at risk of getting breast cancer, and the chances of developing it increases with age. Hence, every woman aged 40 and above should screen regularly for breast cancer, since early detection gives you the best chance of winning the fight against the big ‘C’.
However, breast cancer is not an unbreakable curse that’s scripted in your destiny. Women have more control over the disease than they think. The risk of many cancers, including breast cancer, can be reduced by leading a healthy lifestyle and arming yourself with these 7 pieces of vital knowledge:
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PERKY BREASTS? YES!
Women today are particularly conscious of breast care, as an aspect of overall health as well as personal aesthetics. Massive ballooning followed by involution after pregnancy and nursing commonly triggers sudden traumatic changes for many ladies: Loss of fullness as the breast tissue shrinks slightly from your pre-baby size, plus laxity in the overstretched skin and breast suspensory ligaments spell a saggy disaster. Add gravitational pull and the impact of bouncing boobs with daily activities into the equation, it’s no knocker shocker that our bosom buddies age 3 years faster than the rest of the body on the average.
While size still matters, the focus these days is breast enhancement – achieving the ideal feminine curves that look natural from all angles (and feel natural to touch), correcting any asymmetry, while providing a lift for saggy, deflated breasts caused by ageing, childbirth and weight fluctuations. Refinements in surgical techniques and the advent of “teardrop” anatomical silicone implants have made this possible, especially for Asian women, whose breast tissue and chest wall tend to be thinner and more unforgiving when it comes to telltale visible edges with the traditional round implants.
Advanced Vectra 3D imaging further enhances pre-op measurement and evaluation of the breasts and chest wall, and allows accurate three-dimensional simulation of the final results with the chosen implant to ensure the best aesthetic outcome for each individual and maximum patient satisfaction. So whether you are looking to upsize your girls or just to restore them to their previous fuller, perkier state, you know what you will get is beautifully natural results that’s optimal for your body shape – so you will look naturally beautiful.
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WOMEN SEXUAL WELLNESS
Juggling the demands of parenthood along with a full-time career takes a major physical and emotional toll on many couples, and changes virtually every aspect of your life – including sexual intimacy. Besides chronic fatigue and commonly quoted logistical reasons, less discussed issues such as female vaginal laxity can put a real damper on life between the sheets.
A great deal of attention is devoted to the sexual health of men, yet it has been neglected in women and limited in treatment options. Increasingly, scientific literature reminds us that sexual health is an equally important area influencing the general well being of a woman, as well as being one of the key factors in keeping the marital relationship blissful and fulfilling. And with better education, more women are empowered to seek help for this intimate issue as well.
Traditional treatment options available for vaginal laxity range from pharmacological (hormonal, tightening creams and herbal sprays), through behavioural therapies (Kegel exercise to retrain and tone the pelvic floor muscles), to more invasive surgical procedures. While pharmacological and behavioural therapies are non-invasive, they have limited efficacy. On the other hand, surgical procedures, which involve the narrowing of the vagina along with repair of pelvic floor muscles and fascia, achieve a better final result especially in more severe cases, at the price of higher associated risks such as scarring, infection and painful intercourse post-operation in addition to the recovery time after surgery.
Newer non-invasive treatments using advanced lasers and radiofrequency treatments offer good tidings for the majority of ladies who may be troubled by reduced sexual pleasure, or the embarrassing sound of air coming out of the loose vagina during the sex, but do not have uterine prolapse or more severe urinary incontinence that warrant the scalpel.
Intima Touch is a fine example of non-invasive vaginal tightening treatment using the Viveve radiofrequency technology that rejuvenates the nether-lands without any cutting, injections or downtime. Radiofrequency energy deployed from a toothbrush-sized handpiece held within the vaginal introitus causes deep heating of loose tissues, causing the collagen fibres to subtly contract and tighten. The main improvement comes later as collagen remodelling and re-genesis take place at the cellular level continuously over 3-6 months. Enriched with denser and stronger collagen fibres, the vagina is restored to its younger, tighter and more elastic self.
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To find out more about ways to keep your breasts healthy and answers to other important feminine issues, join a distinguished panel of health professionals at the Women’s Well-being & Aesthetics Forum by The Sloane Clinic, an exclusive, ladies-only, high tea event for an honest, no holds barred discussion for all your burning questions!
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*This article has been selected Article of the Month for Sep 2015*