Take Medical Monday to Consider Whole Health
Monday is time to look at the medical aspects in your life--your whole health.
Chances are, if you are trying to conceive or in fertility treatment, you've got the reproductive organs covered, medically.
Although, many fertility programs don't check on a Pap test. So please check.
Meanwhile, here are a list of medical professionals that you need to consider:
- Dentist! ~ Yes, that's right, it's not enough to have to deal with fertility treatments, you still need to go to the dentist. You need to get your teeth cleaned and examined. You need to be reminded to floss every day and to brush carefully.
- Dermatologist ~ This is a definite maybe. Some of you out there have a reason to go at least once a year. You may have a mole or a birthmark or skin cancer in the family. If you're supposed to go, go. Catching things early can mean the difference between full recovery and not.
- General Practioner ~ For a general overview, see your doctor. You may or may not need a full physical, your doctor will let you know. If you are experiencing any aches and pains, time to speak up.
- Eye doctor ~ Another definite maybe. Certainly if you wear contact lenses or glasses, you need to see your doctor as directed. That might be once a year or once every other year. Check in with them if it's been longer than that and you are not sure.
- Mammogram/Bone density scan ~ Check with your Gynecologist about whether these tests need to be done. Some of them depend on family history, some depend on age.
- Cardiologist, Endocrinologist, etc. ~ You may have personal or family reasons to see these doctors or other specialists.
Don't Ignore Your Overall Health Because of Fertility Treatment
Overall message here is just this simple. Don't ignore other aspects of your physical health because of fertility treatment. We mean it when we say that you are a whole and complete person. Make sure that you are taking care of yourself as a whole and complete person.
And that would include your mental health. Are you getting enough support? Are you shoving feelings way, way, deep inside because you don't know who to share with or to speak with? Do you frequently feel sad, for long periods of time? Or isolated?
There is help out there. Lisa Tuttle, PhD, is a wonderful resource as are peer support groups, like Ladies Night In. This week, Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) has a very special event for RMACT patients only:
A Fertility Seminar for Couples ~ Free for RMACT patients, please RSVP. April 11, from 5:45-8:00. For our men out there -- "Optimizing Male Fertility" with Dr. Mark Leondires and Carolyn Gundell, MS. Same time, our women can come do Fertile Yoga with Lisa Rosenthal, RYT-200. Afterwards, come together to find "Support and Encouragement for You and Your Partner" with Lisa Tuttle, PhD. A light dinner will be served. RSVP to Jenn at 203-750-7484. Check out our events calendar for more details on all programs.
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