Our mothers and grandmothers called it “The Change”—the mysterious process during which females become unpredictably moody, irritable, short-tempered, and most of all—HOT. We now refer to this time period as “perimenopause,” and it can last from 2-5 years. These years can feel like decades to some, as the symptoms of menopause can be very uncomfortable as you transition from the childbearing years to menopause. Women find themselves standing in front of the open freezer door longer than necessary, and they begin dressing in layers. Turtlenecks are tucked away in the back of the closet, and many women cool their homes to frigid temperatures in an effort to combat the sudden flashes of heat that engulf them.
Annual exams, also known as well woman visits, should be an important part of any woman’s health care routine. Annual appointments not only include important physical exams and preventive screenings but also offer an opportunity to discuss any changes, concerns, or future plans with your physician.
D.O. versus M.D.–What’s the Difference?
Finding a physician that suits your personality and approach to medicine can be tough. Where do you start? Depending on what you value most in regards to your health care, looking at a provider’s title can help guide you towards finding someone with whom you can have a lasting and trusting relationship.
Congratulations to Virginia Physicians for Women (VPFW)! Four of VPFW’s physicians are being honored in the latest edition of OurHealth Richmond Magazine! Congratulations to Dr. Hyde for earning first place in the Best Bedside Manner Awards in the OB/GYN category! Dr. Stone earned a top spot at third, and Dr. Aboujaoude and Dr. Reutinger both received honorable mentions!
by Dr. Molly Ashby (VPFW)
Happy 2018! I hope it’s off to a fantastic start! Whether you are starting your journey towards reaching a new goal or sticking to a plan you already have in place, this is the perfect time of year to reflect on what you want to accomplish over the next 12 months. So where does VPFW fit in? We want to be a part of helping you be the healthiest you can be, so here are the top five resolutions we hope you’ll include for 2018:
Dr. Jennie Draper, VPFW
‘Tis the season for Turkey Trots, marathons, and more! In fact, I’m proud to say that I became a first-time Ironman a few weeks ago! Leading up to my race I tackled common challenges that all athletes face—learning about race nutrition, figuring out how to juggle training with social and work commitments, and taking on the many other obstacles that come up when working towards a goal. My career as an OB/GYN, however, also kept women’s health and how it impacts our exercise routines at top of mind. So, what should women know about working out? Here are my top 7 tips!
VPFW is offering a free mammogram for every day in October for women without health insurance on an individual basis, please call to schedule at either Prince George or West Creek.
by Dr. Monica Washington, Virginia Physicians for Women
From physicals for school sports to new binders for class to new fall clothes, parents can all attest to the fact that it is officially back to school season. If you’re the parent of a teenage daughter, there’s one other item that should be on your to-do list—taking them to the gynecologist. Of course, this visit can happen any time during the year, but including it in your back-to-school preparations can help keep it at the top of your mind.
“How do you feel about your weight?” It sounds like such a simple question, but in my experience discussing this topic with my patients, I’ve learned that the responses are varied and far from simple.