Stay-at-home orders forced many women to cancel routine doctor visits and other preventive services. National Women’s Health Week is a reminder that good health extends well beyond social distancing and hand washing. It’s a time take care of your whole self.
As the country reopens, it’s important for women to reschedule preventive appointments such as
- well-woman exams,
- annual physicals, and
- colonoscopies (which can be substituted for at-home stool tests).
These screenings are vital to proactively detect health concerns.
Everyone has remained vigilant about symptoms of COVID-19, but some at-home preventive screenings may have fallen by the wayside. Women should continue to perform regular self-checks of their skin and breasts. If any unusual spots or lumps are discovered, call your doctor. Many insurance carriers are offering more options for virtual health appointments during this time.
With gyms closed and daily routines altered, many may have let exercise and health eating take a back seat. As woman head back to work, it’s time to jumpstart new habits and try to retain good quarantine habits like daily walks
Women should not let coronavirus overshadow other health concerns. Use National Women’s Health Week as a reason to start rescheduling preventive appointments, do at-home health checks, and use available time and resources to build and maintain healthy habits.