Women's health

Benefits of preventive health care

Regular check-ups are an important part of a woman’s health care. They can help find problems before you have any signs. They focus on preventing disease and illness before they happen. THis can help improve outcomes. It can also help improve your health and quality of life. 

A well-woman preventive care visit includes:

  • A physical exam that assesses your overall health
  • Breast exam
  • Pelvic exam (as necessary, and according to current recommendations and best standards of practice)
  • Immunizations, including HPV (human papillomavirus)
  • Screenings and tests for your age and risk factors
  • Screening and counseling to help maintain a healthy lifestyle and reduce health risks. This includes:
    • Nutrition
    • Exercise
    • Elevated Body Mass Index (BMI)
    • Tobacco use
    • Substance abuse
    • Depression
    • Interpersonal and domestic violence
    • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
    • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
    • Family planning
    • Preconception counseling (to help become healthy before getting pregnant)
    • Reproductive history:
      • Sexual practices
      • Healthy weight, diet and nutrition
      • Physical activity
      • Oral health care
      • Chronic disease management
      • Emotional wellness
      • Tobacco and substance abuse, including prescription medications
      • Recommended time between pregnancies
      • Referrals when further care is needed

How to access well-woman preventive care services

Call your primary care provider, or PCP, to schedule a well-woman visit. Female members also have direct access to preventive and well-care services from OB/GYN doctors in the Mercy Care network. You don't need a referral from a PCP. This visit is provided at no cost.

You can get help with medically necessary transportation. We can also help you make an appointment to get your well-woman preventative care services.

If you need help or have questions about your coverage, the Mercy Care RBHA Member Services team can help you. You can reach them 24/7 at 602-586-1841 or toll-free 1-800-564-5465; (TTY/TDD) 711.

 

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis makes your bones weak and easy to break. As many as half of all women, especially those 50 or older, get osteoporosis. Unfortunately, there are no symptoms.

See your doctor about your bone health. They can prescribe a bone density test, especially if you are:

  • 50 or older
  • Small and thin
  • Have a family history of osteoporosis
  • Take certain medicines
  • Have low bone density

To keep your bones strong:

  • Eat foods rich in calcium and vitamin D
  • Exercise regularly
  • Do not smoke
  • Limit alcohol intake

Violence against women

  • Almost 1 in 5 women report being raped at some time in their lives.
  • At least 1 in 20 women experience violence other than rape. Some even before the age of 18.
  • Most rapes and assaults are caused by people you know, even people you love and trust. Some of these could be friends, family members, even a boyfriend or husband.

If someone is hurting you, call:

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233
  • AZ Coalition Against Domestic Violence at 1-800-782-6400

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