Tuesday 7 December 2021

Marla Ahlgrimm: Questions All Women Should Ask Their Healthcare Provider

Marla Ahlgrimm

As a woman, you have unique health care needs. But, do you know what questions to ask those who provide this care? Marla Ahlgrimm shares insight below. 
General Health 
Your general health and wellness consists of things like lifestyle, immunizations, and engaging in healthy habits. Marla Ahlgrimm suggest asking your healthcare provider questions such as: 
  • When and how often should I have a Pap test, breast exam, and pelvic exam? 
  • How can I prepare for my annual physical exam? 
  • Do I need the flu, pneumonia, or other seasonal immunizations? 
  • How does my diet affect my overall wellness? 
  • Where can I find resources on how to take steps toward being the healthiest I can be? 
Medical Tests 
Marla Ahlgrimm explains that the vast majority of women will undergo some sort of medical testing in their lifetime. When you find yourself in this position, ask your provider: 
  • What, exactly, is the test intended to do? 
  • How long will it take to find out the results? 
  • Can I eat or drink the day of the test? 
  • Is there any danger in taking this test or precautions to take before or after? 
Once medical testing is completed, Marla Ahlgrimm says that many women will either receive a clean bill of health, be referred for further testing, or be given a diagnosis. Questions you might ask about these include: 
  • What are the implications of my test results? 
  • Has this been caused by my actions or a genetic predisposition? 
  • What can I do to improve my health based on the results? 
As a retired pharmacist, Marla Ahlgrimm understands that medications can be confusing. She recommends being open with your pharmacist and asking lots of questions, such as: 
  • Can you please confirm this is the correct medication based on my doctor’s prescription? 
  • What happens if I accidentally miss a dose or take more than prescribed? 
  • Is there anything I should not eat or drink while on this medication? 
  • Are there side effects? 
  • Is there a generic version of this drug available that might save me money? 
 These are just a few talking points that Marla Ahlgrimm says all women should discuss with their healthcare providers. Your situation will be unique, and you may find that you have many more topics to address.


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