Nid yw'r tudalen hwn ar gael yn Gymraeg ar hyn o bryd. Dyma'r fersiwn Saesneg.



There are biological differences between the sexes in rates of susceptibility, symptoms and response to treatment in many major areas of health, including heart disease and some cancers. 

There are also a wide range of personal, social, economic and environmental factors like smoking, drinking alcohol, physical activity levels, low paid work and bringing up a family that can affect the health of men and women differently. 
This page contains links to resources covering some of the important issues for Women's Health, including :
  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Women's Cancers
  • Sexual Health
  • Mental Health
  • Pregnancy and early years 

Policy Context

Service Planning

The Local Health Boards work closely with local authorities to develop strategies aimed at improving the health and well being and social care of the local populations. These strategies are underpinned by comprehensive Health Needs Assessments. You can find general information on Health, Social Care and Well Being Strategies on the Welsh Assembly Government website and more details on the Health Board websites below:

Service Delivery

Eighteen pharmacies across Swansea are now offering a free emergency contraception service to make it easier for women and teenage girls to take quick action to avoid an unwanted pregnancy. This is in addition to the 25 pharmacies in Bridgend who also offer the free service, and the 29 in the Neath Port Talbot area.

The Women & Children's Division within Aneurin Bevan Health Board delivers both acute and community services to children and their families in the whole of Gwent

The integrated Sexual and Reproductive Health combines GU Medicine and Sexual and Reproductive Health.

The Welsh Institute of Women's Health is a leading provider of educational courses in all aspects of Women's health care. The Institute is dedicated to improving the health and well being of women through multi-disciplinary teaching and education throughout Wales and beyond.

Initiatives/National Programmes

Health Challenge Wales is a national programme of the Welsh Assembly Government. The website has lots of simple advice to improve your health and well being. Many people consider coronary heart disease to be a male problem and research shows that most women think breast cancer is a greater threat. But women are four times more likely to die of heart disease than breast cancer. Diseases of the heart and circulation claim more women’s lives than all forms of cancer put together. 

Public Health Wales hosts Screening Services Wales offering a range of programmes supporting Women's Health including:


Antenatal Screening Wales is funded by the National Assembly for Wales and hosted by Public Health Wales to support improvements in the standard of antental screening offered to women.

Breast Test Wales (BTW) was established in 1988 to deliver the National Health Service breast screening programme in Wales.

Cervical Screening Wales is responsible for the NHS cervical screening programme in Wales, including sending invitations automatically.


The first five years of your child’s life provide the foundation for their future health and well-being. Even before they are born, their development will be affected by what you eat, whether you smoke or drink alcohol, and whether you look after your own health.

Breastfeeding –The Welsh Assembly Government’s pages aim to raise public awareness of the health protections that breastfeeding gives babies.

The Welsh Assembly Government also produces Information about sexual health promotion

Map of Medicine Healthguides shows you the ideal, evidence-based patient journey for common and important conditions. It is a high-level overview that can be shared by patients and healthcare providers.

NHS Evidence provides free access to clinical and non-clinical information - local, regional, national and international. Information includes evidence, guidance and Government policy. It is primarily aimed at professionals and practitioners working in health and social care.




You can find Sexual Health Surveillance Data on the Health Protection pages of Public Health Wales below:

The statistical directorate of the Welsh Assembly Government has produced the following statistics: