Many women are looking for answers on the internet, because the problem is considered shameful.
Internet is a container that holds a variety of information, including health information. But, there are many wrong diagnosis due to incorrect information from the internet.
According to a recent study, one in four British women known to either diagnose themselves on the internet. The women who had health problems, the researchers said, was twice chosen a path online to seek advice on their disease problems compared to asking a doctor, friend, or even their mothers. Especially for the health issues that could potentially cause embarrassment to them.
What they found that women are too embarrassed to tell their problems?
Unfortunately, any issues related to women’s health seems to create fear and make the most of the women did not ask for help. According to this research, if this is true of British women, may also occur in women in other countries.
One self-diagnosis here, including breast cancer or other cancers, ulcers, high blood pressure, asthma, gout, depression, diabetes, glandular problems, and sexual health issues.
Common symptoms used to diagnose any number of things including sleep problems, headaches, depression, anxiety, muscle spasms, abdominal cramps, chronic muscle pain, severe fatigue, skin sensitivity, and itching.
In general, any self-diagnosis can be serious when delaying treatment for a disease that is still a question mark, the subject of medical experiments on the unpleasant side effects of inappropriate treatment, or even cover up the symptoms of conditions that really needs attention.
This particular study conducted by the British company, BalanceActiv, to raise awareness of bacterial vaginosis. If untreated, the bacteria carry an increased risk of pelvic inflammatory disease, which can lead to reduced fertility, high risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STI) including HIV, and early labor and premature birth if there is during pregnancy.
“There was a trend toward increased use of the Internet to diagnose any irregularities or our fears about our bodies. Web gives us a lot of information that is useful in reducing our concerns until we are able to get the right advice from medical authorities if necessary,” said spokesman BalanceActiv, Penny McCormick as quoted by ZDNet.
“But the results show how easy it is to make mistakes when diagnosing yourself,” he continued.
Ironically, the solution proposed to solve the problem of ‘ask Dr Google’ is BalanceActiv Symptom Checker, which is an online diagnosis service.
It is better you can consult a pharmacist, gynecologist, or general practitioner.