Today’s blog post is a shout out to Nurse Practitioners everywhere (last week was National Nurse Practitioners’ Week) and to reproductive health and birth control! Yep, you heard me right – birth control. Yes, this is a bit different from my norm and probably even stranger coming from a menopausal mom of six! But hey, as a mom to six I know how important birth control is!
Ok, check – I only gave birth to three of the six as we are a blended family – the modern day Brady Bunch. My three pregnancies resulted in three amazing and beautiful little babies that have now grown into being wonderful young adults! Looking at all six children – they all fall within the generation that is being called millennials – people born between the years 1982 to 2004. That is a pretty big range if you ask me. I think of the older four as being millennials. That would be the two out of college and the two still in college. Of these four, three of them are women.
I am impressed (every single day) by how these four young adults are managing their lives. They are balancing starting careers or going to school with great dedication, drive, and discipline. They all have amazing work ethics and they all work to make a positive impact on our world. Yes, I am one proud momma!
Getting established in one’s career takes work and planning. Statistics show that a lot of millennials tend to put off health care. A recent survey conducted by the National Business Group on Health and The Futures Company, found thirty-nine percent of millennials believe preventative care is important to staying healthy, compared to 49% of Generation X and 69% of baby boomers. So while millennials are busy planning, working, and balancing their lives – many are not placing importance on preventative care.
While young women are taking control and being more proactive in making decisions that work best for their lifestyle, it is still imperative for them to have important discussions about health related matters, including reproductive health, with their doctors/nurse practitioners. Birth control options have changed over the past years, and this is a personal decision that women need to be informed about.
So while I said this is a shout out to birth control – it really is about women getting accurate information from their doctor or nurse practitioner regarding their health, including reproductive health. That is much larger than birth control alone. This year marks the 50th anniversary of National Nurse Practitioner Week, and I had an opportunity to chat with Nurse Barb.
Barb Dehn, R.N., M.S., N.P., FAANP, NCMP, also known as Nurse Barb, is a practicing Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, an award-winning author, dynamic television personality and a nationally recognized health expert. Her vast knowledge of women’s health issues, sex and health prevention, along with her unique sense of adventure and charming personality, has made her one of the most in-demand medical consultants and speakers in the United States.
So take the five minutes and watch Nurse Barb share with us why talking about your health is crucial, and the questions millennials women should be asking when it comes to health.
Like Nurse Barb, I believe that that all women should have access to safe and effective birth control. For more information check out CoverHer.org and Skyla-us.com. For more from Nurse Barb check out her Daily Dose – a place where you will find smart, straight-forward advice regarding all areas of health.
Thank you to Skyla for making this interview possible.