More women forgoing health care for busy lives
Updated: Tuesday, February 11 2014, 06:58 AM EST
Rochester, N.Y. -- Doctors are becoming more concerned about women’s health care issues.
They said more women are putting their health needs second and don’t make enough time for themselves.
13WHAM News spoke with Amanda Miller, who, after experiencing symptoms of menopause, turned to vitamins before her doctor.
But when that didn’t work, she finally visited her doctor for relief.
Miller’s OB/GYN, Dr. Scott Bembry, said half of the patients he sees for menopause symptoms are skipping preventative exams and screenings.
In fact, other health experts said it’s pretty common for women at midlife to skip seeing their doctors. They’re often still taking care of kids, along with aging relatives. Not to mention, holdings down jobs and leading busy social lives.
Dr. Holly Thacker of the Cleveland Clinic said women beginning the second half of their lives need more than just mammograms and pap smears.
Doctors also need to check their weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, thyroid, vitamin D and bone density, and mid-life is a good time for women to evaluate their medical providers.
What a woman should look for is a doctor who will listen to her symptoms, listen to her needs and explore what the options are.