Five Questions Every Woman Should Ask Her Doctor!
Too much to do, too
little time- especially in the doctor's office. The average doctor
visit is only 7.5 minutes. Whatever you do to improve communication
with your doctor will make better use of that time and improve your
health care. Dr. Catherine Henry, President of the American Medical
Women's Association offers advice about helping your doctor help
you. Dr. Catherine Henry: "To have a good relationship with your
doctor, it really helps to be upfront about what your concerns are
and let her or him know what you need and what you expect from your
Specific QUESTIONS you
should ask your doctor include:
- What screening tests
do I need and how often? The most important tests for women are
height and weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, rectal exam, Pap
smear, breast exam, and mammogram.
- What conditions am
I at risk for? How can I reduce my risk?
- Do I need additional
diagnostic tests or vaccines? Just ask.
- Are there any changes
I should make in my medications, contraception, vitamins, supplements
or herbal preparations?
- And finally: What
signs and symptoms do I need to think about as I age? Women in
their 40's, for example may want to ask about approaching menopause.
We'll discuss this tomorrow
on Dr. Donnica's Women's Health Report.
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Created: 10/11/2000  - Donnica Moore, M.D.