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close this bookWhere Women Have No Doctor - A Health Guide for Women (Hesperian Foundation, 1997, 600 p.)
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close this folderTaking Care of Your Health
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Knowing when you are sick

Some women with disabilities may find it difficult to tell when they have a health problem. For example, a woman who has an infection in her womb may not be able to feel pain from it But she may notice an unusual discharge or smell from her vagina that an infection can cause.

As a woman, you know and understand your body better than anyone else. So if you have an unusual feeling, or body reaction, or a pain somewhere, try to find out as soon as possible what might be causing it. If necessary, ask a family member, friend, or health worker to help.