We take Women’s GI Health Very Seriously and Here’s Why!
June 29, 2022
In July 2021 Dr Janice Jang joined our team of dedicated health care professionals who anchor our Women’s GI Health initiatives which includes Dr Viyada Sarabanchong, Dr Janice Jang, Ms. Debbie Caputo NP and Ms. Jennifer Poterbin NP. They understand that women’s GI health is a subspecialty unto itself.
Women may experience heartburn more than men because a woman’s GI tract is more sensitive than a man’s However, women generally have less damage from acid reflux than men do because the muscles in a woman’s esophagus are stronger, keeping acid and stomach juices out of the esophagus.
Women experience nausea and bloating more frequently than men because their stomachs empty food slower than men’s stomachs.
For various reasons, women tend to take NSAIDS (anti-inflammatory and pain relieving medication) more often than men. Frequent NSAID intake can cause Gastritis – inflammation of the stomach.
Gallstones: Women are twice as likely to develop gallstones as men because, like their stomachs, women’s gallbladders empty slower than men’s
Enzymes: The enzymes found in a woman’s liver and small intestine function slightly different than those found in a man’s This means medications are digested differently and may have different effects on a woman than a man.
Women have a slower emptying of the large intestine than men.
Constipation occurs more often in women than men, and tends to get worse with age.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) occurs 2 to 6 times more often in women than in men.
Colon cancer is the number 3 cancer for women in the U.S. Women should be advised to follow current guidelines to be screened at age 45-50.