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Opinion: Women Are Making Time After COVID to Get Healthy – Let’s Keep it Up! 

 April 24, 2022

Mammography
Mammography in progress. Courtesy of CDC

COVID-19 affects families, certainly women. Struggles to keep children fed, dressed and focused on virtual learning as they struggled to keep up with their work in their makeshift home office overwhelmed many heads of households. This meant that their own health care concerns took second place, and it is understandable.

Now that the world is slowly returning to normal, we see more women returning for preventive care and testing. My organism, Neighborhood health carerecorded an increase in visits by women from pre-COVID periods in 2021 up to 20%.

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Telegia and other services make it easy to start a conversation with health professionals and we definitely encourage it when needed. Perhaps the reality of the global pandemic has also made more people, including women, realize the importance of taking the time to focus on their health. Regardless of the reason, we are glad to see this improving trend!

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Women in particular need to take the time to take care of themselves. Many continue to serve others in multiple roles in and out of the home with work and parenting. The more women focus on their health needs, the better they can help those they love.

Even women without adequate health insurance can get the care they need through assistance programs. Organizations like ours can help identify these opportunities and assist patients in the registration process. Quality, compassionate, comprehensive care is – and should be – available to anyone, especially women. At the very least, we encourage all women to do the following:

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Have a mammogram

Mammograms can often develop a lump in the chest before it is felt. These scans can also detect other non-cancerous abnormalities that need to be treated. Women over the age of 40 should schedule a mammogram every one to two years and we encourage all women to discuss options with their healthcare provider.

Schedule a Pap test

ONE Papanicolaou test, also called a Pap test, detects cervical cancer in women. Taking it early can give women a better chance of catching this problem early and getting cured. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists guidelines, we recommend that women have a Pap smear every three years between the ages of 21-29 and every five years for an HPV / Pap test between the ages of 30-65.

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Consider the HPV vaccine for girls

This vaccine can prevent most cases of cervical cancer if given before girls or women are exposed to the virus.

However, the HPV vaccine not limited to girls and women. We recommend that boys and girls take two doses six months apart from the age of 9, but usually between 11 and 12 years old. The CDC also recommends a coverage plan for everyone up to the age of 26.

The increasing trend of preventive health care visits by women is encouraging and we hope that this will continue, not only for them, but for others as well. In most cases, the family unit is healthier if the female head of household prioritizes her well-being.

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Elena Havaria is the Director of Women’s Health Program at Neighborhood health carea community nonprofit health care organization in San Diego and Riverside counties that provides care to everyone, regardless of their situation or circumstance.

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