With the rise of telemedicine, more people are opting to see their doctors over a video consultation to avoid long lines and large crowds. There are many conditions that are qualified for a virtual consultation, including women’s health concerns.
Traditionally, women’s health has been somewhat a taboo topic in the Philippines, especially in cases where fertility is concerned. However, it’s important to remember that everyone should have the right to accessible healthcare, and speaking to a licensed doctor can help ease your worries and answer your questions about how you can better care for your reproductive health.
In honor of Women’s Month in March, here are women’s health concerns you can seek help for over video consultation online--so you can better care for yourself and feel empowered that you have more health options available for you.
1. Menstrual cycle irregularities
The menstrual cycle is a large part of womanhood. There are several conditions you may encounter, such as an irregular cycle, extremely heavy periods, the absence of your period (amenorrhea), or severely painful periods (dysmenorrhea).
Each of these conditions may lead to a different reproductive system disorder such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, or others. Discussing with an OB-GYN will help you determine the next steps in finding out your diagnosis and treatment plan.
While the next steps could include lab tests, ultrasounds, and the like, you would need a referral from an OB-GYN before you can proceed with them. Having your first consultation via teleconsultation, and subsequently forwarding those lab results electronically can help move you along quickly to have your condition treated..
2. Fertility or family planning
You can also discuss plans to get pregnant with your OB-GYN via video consultation. Conversely, you could also express the desire to avoid getting pregnant and get prescribed birth control. Wherever you are on the spectrum, speaking with your doctor about your fertility issues can help you have a more comfortable pregnancy or autonomy over your reproductive health.
If you are ready to start a family or have another child, this step also includes having succeeding follow-up checkups with your doctor in cases where an ultrasound is not required. It’s fast, easy, and saves you time. Consequently, if you have already given birth, postpartum checkups may also be done via teleconsultation.
Menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and more marks a huge transition in an adult woman’s life. This transition needs to be met with understanding and care from a specialist, as they help you navigate the next phase of your womanhood.
Many women often enter menopause in their mid-to-late 40s, but there are some cases when it could arrive earlier or later. Discussing your reproductive health with a licensed doctor can help ease any worries you might have with this change.
4. Pre-surgery talks or post-surgical follow-ups
If you would like to discuss the benefits and risks of a certain gynecological surgery with your doctor, you may also opt to do this via teleconsultation. This is the fastest and most convenient way to get a second opinion from another doctor and to have your questions answered on a specific issue.
If you have had minor gynecological surgeries, you would most likely need follow-ups with your doctor to make sure things are going well post-op. Note that for more complicated surgeries, you may need to still see your obstetrician for a check-up, as there might be follow-up tests conducted.
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