Well Woman Care

How I Practice Video Series
Jeanne A. Conry, MD, PhD, FACOG

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My approach to taking care of women is to follow the philosophy "Every woman, every time." Every woman, every time says  that I may not see a woman more than once a year or perhaps maybe 2-3 years. So for every woman, every time, I address all their healthcare needs. I'm taking care of them. Every woman, every time, says I should ask what their reproductive choices are, because a woman's reproductive choices and decisions may be very different when she is 20 years old, compared to when she is 30 or even 40. But for every woman, every time I need to ask her what her interests are, her desires, and to help her planning. Every woman, every time also says that to keep my patients healthy, I need to really hone in on some of their reproductive choices in terms of family planning and spacing their family. It's better to space a family by 2 to 3 years than to have a family spaced only 3 months to a year apart. We have better outcomes for infants and certainly better outcomes for moms. The other thing with every woman, every time, is that I need to address a woman's preventative healthcare needs. For example, what's her vaccination been? If for every woman, every time, I'm able to address whether she has had the appropriate vaccinations I'll make sure I'm taking care of her preventative healthcare strategy. And then the thing I find most important for all my patients, is exercise and healthy eating. For every woman, every time, I talk about exercise strategies. For most women, we don't take enough time for ourselves. So, one of my suggestions is 10 minutes a day. A woman can take 10 minutes every day for a walking strategy and walk 10 minutes every single day. And I tell her that by the end of one month she will have spent more time on exercise than she did in probably the previous 2 to 3 months. So 10 minutes a day, a woman can set up her own exercise program. At the end of one month, she can add 10 more minutes. At the end of a second month, she can add another 10 minutes. And she really will take care of herself. My other tip for women is to change her dieting strategies by adding fruits and vegetables. If every time she opens the refrigerator and she has fruits and veggies set up, so that every single time she takes a carrot, or a blue berry, or a part of an apple she will have gotten her intake of fruit and vegetables on every day. I recommend that you try these kinds of choices when we're looking at well women care because we want to take care of our patients, so that you and I can both say, for every woman, every time, we are taking care of all of their health care needs. And this is how I practice.

 

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