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May is Women's Health Month — a time for women to consider all the ways they can remain healthy. When we take care of ourselves as part of our self-care, we set an example for those around us to do the same.

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Q&A from Our Doctors

You ask, we answer! Thank you for submitting your questions on women's health topics. Check out the videos below for the answers from our expert providers.


Events

Mobile Mammography Coach

Click on the mobile mammography event below to register.

5/1/22 – Gettysburg College from 12 – 5 p.m.

5/7/22 – The Markets at Hanover from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

5/11/22 – White Rose Senior Center from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

5/13/22 – WellSpan Family Medicine Granite Run from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

5/21/22 - State Representative Carol Hill-Evans Office from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Prepared Virtual Childbirth Classes

Join us for this 6-week series that will cover labor, comfort measures, anesthesia, postpartum adjustments, relaxation and breathing techniques and Cesarean delivery.  The series includes 4 childbirth education classes, a baby care class and a breastfeeding class.  This virtual series starts on May 3rd and runs for the next 5 Tuesday evenings from 6:30 – 9 p.m.  The cost is $70 per couple.  Click here for more information or to register.

Adjusting to Motherhood Support Group

This monthly virtual support group is designed to provide new moms with encouragement and helpful information.  The baby blues are common and up to 20% of new moms struggle with postpartum depression.  If you are feeling overwhelmed, teary, anxious, irritable, or depressed, you are not alone.  Click here for more information or to register for this virtual support group meeting on May 23, 2022 from 12 – 1 p.m. 

Walk & Talk with a WellSpan Doc

Join Dr. Peter Barclay with WellSpan Cardiology for exercise and insight.  Take advantage of this unique opportunity to walk with Dr. Barclay and talk about your heart-related questions.  This month’s event will be held on May 10th from 5 – 6 p.m. at Cousler Park.  It is free of charge and registration is encouraged.  Call 717-741-8280 to register.

Questions about Menopause? 

WellSpan has answers!  Through our monthly chats, our menopause specialists team up to cover topics including hot flashes, the emotional roller coaster, navigating hormones, heart disease, brain fog and more.   Register here for our upcoming Menopause Chat on Bone Health on May 11, 2022.  It’s a free, virtual event where you can get answers to your questions.  Click here to view past Menopause Chats, or for more information on our services. 

Survivors of Gynecological Cancers Support Group

This support group is for women who have been newly diagnosed, are currently being treated, are experiencing a reoccurrence, are transitioning to aftercare or are in remission of gynecological cancers.  Caregivers are welcome too.  Come join us to gain inspiration and connect with others dealing with similar circumstances.   This free virtual event will be held on May 25th from 4-5 p.m.  Click here to register.


News & Patient Stories

Mammograms, Delivered to You

Short on time but need your annual screening mammogram? WellSpan Health's Mobile Mammography Coach could be a good solution to you! Our new mobile coach travels to different locations across WellSpan's footprint offering lifesaving screening mammograms. No referral is required for a screening mammogram and every woman over 40 is eligible for one. Check out our schedule of locations and times the coach will be out in the community. Each private screening takes about 15 minutes. Register for a screening at one of our locations today! If you do not have insurance and want to know if you qualify for a discounted price, please call 717-851-5006.

Reducing Back Pain

Goodbye back pain, hello normal life – Back pain can be debilitating and keep you from doing normal life activities, like household chores, shopping and caring for others.  Learn how one of our patients got back to doing all of the things she loved after minimally invasive spine surgery, a modern surgical technique that our WellSpan neurosurgeons use that involves small incisions, less damage to muscles and surrounding tissues, a quicker recovery and less use of painkillers afterwards.

WellSpan Fertility Care helps families get started

When Kiley and Mark Smith tried for several years to have a baby with no success, they turned to WellSpan Fertility Care for help. Kiley scheduled an online appointment with WellSpan OB/Gyn physician, Dr. Trina Wright, and felt comfortable right away. After Kiley and Mark both went through a round of tests, they learned that she was not ovulating. Kiley took two rounds of a pill to correct the problem and learned on Mother's Day of 2021 that she was pregnant. In January, their daughter, Cameron, was born weighing 8 pounds, 15 ounces. Learn more about their journey and about WellSpan's fertility services and physicians.


Tips for Your Health

Keep Your Bones Strong

It's never too soon to protect your bones from osteoporosis.  This is a disease that is much more common in women than in men, and it’s caused by lack of bone strength making bones thin, brittle and easy to break. 

The risk of getting osteoporosis increases with age as bones become naturally thinner.  After age 30, you lose a small amount of bone each year.  There are typically no symptoms in the early stages of osteoporosis.  An initial sign is often a broken bone in your hip, spine or wrist after a bump or fall.  As the disease progresses, symptoms can include back pain and a curved upper back. 

Factors that increase the risk for osteoporosis include a family history, smoking, heavy alcohol use, getting little or no exercise, being small-framed or thin and eating a diet low in foods containing calcium and Vitamin D.

A bone density scan that uses x-ray is the best way to determine the health of your bones.  It’s painless, noninvasive and safe. 

Some things you can do to keep your bones strong and healthy include:

Eat a bone-healthy diet with calcium, Vitamin D, Magnesium and Vitamin K.  This includes foods like:

  • Dairy products
  • Almonds
  • Broccoli and kale
  • Fatty fish such as tuna and sardines
  • Black and kidney beans
  • Nut butters
  • Whole wheat bread

Get physically active.  Do weight bearing exercise like walking and climbing stairs.  Resistance exercises using weights are also recommended.

Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol use.

Check with your family physician for other medications and treatment options, and click here for more information on osteoporosis.

Regular Health Screenings

Every woman should make time for healthy habits – regular exercise, stress management, healthy eating, adequate sleep, and routine health screenings so potential problems can be spotted early when your chances for treatment and cure are better.

An annual well woman visit includes more than screening for cervical cancer.  It includes contraception review, health promotion, sexually transmitted infection testing/review, a pelvic exam, a look at the cervix and a breast exam.

Resolve to take care of yourself and get the health services, screenings, and treatments you need.  Your age, health, family history and lifestyle choices impact what and how often you need healthcare.  Talk to your physician about what is best for you.  Following is a guide with recommended timing of exams and screenings at each life stage.

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