As women, we are generally far healthier than men, yet we visit the doctor twice as often. This is because, even when we are in the best of health, our basic biological functions- menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth and
menopause- frequently require medical intervention.
We are also more likely than men to take responsibility for contraception
and, once we have children, we tend to be the ones who act as chief caretakers, taking our babies to the clinic
and accompanying older children to medical check-ups.