Inger Friberg, MD
Specialty: Obstetrics & Gynecology
Location and Office HoursFriberg Medical Associates
Glencoe, IL 60022
How many women in the United States smoke cigarettes?
HealthyWomen answeredDespite the ever-increasing knowledge surrounding the negative consequences of smoking, many women continue to fuel their cigarette habit. In fact, 20 million adult women and 1.3 million girls in the United States were smokers in 2011. Of those smokers, around 174,000 die each year as a direct result of tobacco use.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
Why are women often misdiagnosed?
Jame Heskett, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, answeredI think some women are misdiagnosed for a few simple and preventable reasons:
1) Dr. visits are so quick, and women tend to hold back subtle concerns out of fear of feeling needy or burdensome to the doctor. So, if the doctor doesn't ask the right questions, health issues may not even come up. Many doctors don't have the time they used to to explore completely a woman's needs and concerns.
2) A standard checkup may not reveal any abnormalities. Most people do not know this. If testing is not specifically chosen to diagnose certain health problems, a "normal" check up may give a false impression that everything is ok.
3) We have lost touch with our connection with our bodies. Then we are not in tune with the signs our bodies are giving us that something is awry. We are too busy with our families, our career, our community to take the time to take care of ourselves sooner rather than later.
4) It is hard, in the face of a doctor, to advocate for yourself. I know many women who would have been misdiagnosed had they not really pushed the doctor to continue investigating a certain symptom or concern.
The first step to preventing misdiagnosis is for women to get back to a total-body connection and awareness of our physiology, and then trusting our instincts when we feel that something "just isn't right". And when something feels that way, to be honest with the Dr. upfront, and not be afraid to advocate if your concerns are not taken seriously.
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What sacrifices are made by working women?
Boston Women's Health Book Collective, Administration, answered
Sixty-five percent of working women who are caregivers report having to make workplace adjustments that include having to go in late to work, leave early, take time off, request unpaid leave, shift from a full-time job to a part-time job (which usually means losing benefits), turn down promotions, or quit working.
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