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Annual Checkups: The Key to Improving Women's Health
5/16/2017 • Posted by Fidelis Care • Last Edited by Christine Geraci on 5/16/2017 at 9:35 AM in For Members, Health & Wellness, Hospital and Doctor Visits, Maternal Health, Medicaid, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare

It’s often said that women are more likely to take care of others before they take care of themselves. To honor Women’s Health Week, we encourage all women to put themselves first by scheduling an annual checkup.

Regular preventive health exams help women take steps to increase their chances of living a longer, healthier life. By discussing family history, lifestyle choices, and other important factors at these visits, women can determine when and how often to have certain  health screenings and plan healthier ways forward.

If you are a woman who has not yet seen your primary care provider in 2017, here are some important topics to discuss at your next appointment:

Talk about your family health history. Let your primary care provider know about any illnesses your close relatives may have, or if they have developed any new conditions since the last time you visited. When considered with other health factors, family history of certain conditions will help your primary care provider determine your risk of illness. From there, more screenings may be recommended, as well as suggested lifestyle changes, such as exercising more or changing your diet.

Ask about any preventive exams you may need. Heart disease, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases such as emphysema, and stroke are among the most prominent causes of death in women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Talk to your primary care provider about health exams that can either help prevent these diseases, or detect them early. The sooner you know your risks or detect a problem, the sooner you can take steps to stop it from getting worse. Some of the preventive health screenings most recommended for women include:

  • Breast and cervical cancer

  • Cholesterol

  • Blood pressure

  • HIV/AIDS

  • Colorectal Cancer

  • Diabetes

  • Osteoporosis

Discuss your plans for the future. If you want to make a significant change in your overall health, such as losing weight, quitting smoking, or becoming pregnant, your primary care provider can guide you in the right direction with advice and appropriate support services.

At Fidelis Care, improving women’s health is a top priority. We are here to help members get the coverage that best meets their unique needs and health goals, and give them essential access to annual wellness exams and other preventive health services. If you have questions about health insurance, please call Fidelis Care at 1-888-FIDELIS and a Representative would be happy to assist you.