This is National Women’s Health Week, which makes this the time to stop and take a moment to think about our own health care. Actually we should be thinking about our health all the time, but I get it – life is busy. Sometimes we push our own care to the backseat of life.
Well if that is you, then take this week to assess your own health care needs, and schedule the well care appointments. I just did! I have been putting off a procedure for a couple of years now. Sigh. I finally scheduled that test.
This time in my life, being 50+, means my body is changing. I have already gone through menopause – Yay! It was fairly painless. But sometimes menopause can cause a lot of issues to be dealt with. At my last appointment, my gynecologist laid out quite clearly what may lay ahead for me. Yikes! Many, many, many women experience the thinning of the vaginal wall, which can cause even more problems.
Like always, information is key to understanding what could be going on with our bodies. It’s important to learn how to talk to our healthcare providers to get the facts and answers we need to a variety of health questions, especially for menopausal and postmenopausal women. Every woman will experience menopause in her healthcare journey. Although many women feel uncomfortable or embarrassed to discuss sexual health issues they may experience during this time, talking about sexual health is a vital aspect to good healthcare.
I had the chance to chat with Dr. Padmavati Garvey, OB-GYN from CareMount Medical, and her patient Erika D’Aquino. They addressed the many issues surrounding postmenopausal women’s health including the symptoms of menopause and postmenopause, how to discuss this very important issue with their healthcare providers, and the types of treatments available.
Erika shares her experience of thinking she was dealing with a reoccurring UTI, only to find out is was something different altogether. Information is key!
Post Menopause Can Be More Than Hot Flashes
Take the few minutes to hear Erika share her story. Dr. Garvey is hoping to lift the taboo behind post-menopause and the symptoms that come with it. Like I said earlier – this is part of our health journey as women.
Since May is especially dedicated to celebrating ladies, with Mother’s Day, National Women’s Checkup Day, and most importantly National Women’s Health Week – it is the perfect time and extremely important to address why women’s health, no matter what your age is so vital.
Find the time to take care of yourself!
Thank you to Pfizer for providing me this interview opportunity. More information can be found at askforthering.com