In addition to pregnancy and reproductive health, female healthcare includes many other important facets. In most parts of the world, the fertile years account for less than half of woman’s life. The reproductive healthcare for women is statistically defined as spanning age 15 through 44 years of age and related healthcare challenges begin at puberty and extend through menopause.
The years between puberty and menopause offer opportunities for personal fulfillment and development to which available fertility control methods contribute significantly - but can also be associated with health risk. The decision for have a baby is a wonderful event in a women's life. However, even if the generally accepted and prescribed methods for maintaining a healthy pregnancy are followed, it is still possible to experience pre-term labor resulting in pre-term birth.
Female health disorders can occur in all life stages; among the list of possibilities - infertility, endometriosis, breast cancer, menstrual disorders, fibroids and sexual dysfunction. Between the age of 40 and 50, women may experience serious menopausal-related symptoms.
The market for treatment of women's healthcare issues is based on demographic and sociological factors such as population growth, percent of younger women, and public perception about family planning and use of contraceptives. This healthcare sector remains an attractive and growing market.
Market opportunities also exist due to the availability of new drugs delivery systems; vaginal rings, patches and implants.