" WOMEN'S HEALTH 101":Health screening and health maintenance for all women, including the uninsured, is our project theme for 2015-16. Our advice for every woman, based on the recommendation of our physican adviser, are these SEVEN ESSENTIALS:
1. Every woman must have a family physician, not just an Ob/Gyne specialist.
2. Annual health exams are mandatory at every age, even for the uninsured.
3. Pap smears every 1-3 yrs from age 21 or after first sexual activity.
4. Mammogram every 1-2 yrs from age 50.
5. Colon cancer screen from age 50 (colonoscopy every 10 years).
6. Check yearly for obesity, hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol & depression
Make sure you check with your physician and update your adult immunizations (Influenza yearly during flu season, Pneumococcus, TdaP usually once or every 10 years)
Watch out for these special health concerns in women, and discuss them with your physician.
Depression & other mood problems
erv Cervical cancer
Br Bresst cancer
Pr Pregnancy issues
Inf Fertility in women of child-bearing age
Ut Uterine fibroids & abnormal menstrual bleeding
Se Menstrual problems
M Menopause & hot flashes
Know that your annual women's health exam is important.
a. What you must do for your annual women’s health exam.
Make an appointment with your physician specifically for an annual Wellness Exam. Make sure this is paid for by your insurance. It should be covered under your insurance based on the Obamacare legislation
2GGet a list of all your current & previous medical problems & surgeries
3. Prepare a list of all your current medications, including over the counter, vitamins and herbal supplements
4. Tell your physician your problems or concerns
5. At the end of the visit, get a clinical summary and copies of all your labs and other test
6. Write out a plan with your physician for your future health maintenance (obesity, hypertension etc)
b. What your physician must do at your annual health exam.
Height, weight & BMI (screen for obesity)
2. BP & pulse (screen for hypertension & atrial fibrillation)
3. Breast examination
4. Pelvic examination
5. Cancer screens (Mammogram, Pap smear or Colonoscopy as indicated)
6. Labs & X-rays only if indicated (screen for diabetes, high cholesterol or osteoporosis)
7. Check & update your adult immunizations
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