Every Woman, Every Time: Getting the Most out of Your Doctor Visit

According to the National Center for Health Statistics the average doctor’s visit today is around 19 minutes. With such little face-to-face time it’s more important than ever for women to arrive at their doctor’s visit with pre-planned questions about their general health and wellbeing. Here’s the catch: Many women don’t know what to ask. This is the background behind the concept of “Every Woman, Every Time” a national initiative co-sponsored by the March of Dimes to help ensure the health of women of childbearing age. “Every Woman, Every Time” takes preconception health care and makes it a part of routine women’s care. With nearly 50% of women having an unplanned or mistimed pregnancy, even women who don’t plan on getting pregnant should start discussing their overall state of health with their primary care physician.
A good recommendation is to put together a list of three questions each time you visit your doctor. While there, discuss how to get and stay healthy and learn how to manage any illness so your body is as strong as it can be. If you receive specialty care, or are on medication, start asking your physician how and if those medications impact your fertility or reproductive health. This is especially important for those women looking to conceive.

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