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8 Preventive Health Care Services Women Can Get For Free

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In addition, the children of women with gestational diabetes are at significantly increased risk of being overweight and insulin-resistant throughout childhood.

STI Counseling:

Sexually-active women will have access to annual counseling on sexually transmitted infections (STIs). These sessions have been shown to reduce risky behavior in patients, yet only 28 percent of women aged 18-44 years reported that they had discussed STIs with a doctor or nurse.

Contraception and Contraceptive Counseling:

Women will have access to all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling. These recommendations do not include abortion-inducing drugs.

Most workers in employer-sponsored plans are currently covered for contraceptives. Contraceptives have additional health benefits like reduced risk of cancer and protection against osteoporosis.

HIV Screening and Counseling:

Sexually active women will have access to annual counseling on the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Women are at increased risk of contracting HIV/AIDS. From 1999 to 2003, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a 15 percent increase in AIDS cases among women, and a 1 percent increase among men.

Breastfeeding Support, Supplies and Counseling:

Pregnant and postpartum women will have access to comprehensive lactation support and counseling from trained providers, as well as breastfeeding equipment.

Breastfeeding is considered one of the most effective preventive measures mothers can take to protect their health and that of their children. One of the barriers for breastfeeding is the cost of purchasing or renting breast pumps and nursing-related supplies.

Interpersonal and Domestic Violence Screening and Counseling:

Screening and counseling for interpersonal and domestic violence should be provided for all adolescent and adult women. An estimated 25 percent of women in the United States report being targets of intimate partner violence during their lifetimes.

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EmpowHER Guest

Do you think the doctors are doing this for FREE? No way. It's NOT free.

October 23, 2012 - 1:09pm
EmpowHER Guest

Dumb misinformed headline and article. Nothing is free. I pay an excessive amount for my health insurance. Premiums go up to pay for "new" services now mandated by government. Taxes go up to pay for other people. No free "new' services. Get government out of my health care.

October 23, 2012 - 1:03pm
EmpowHER Guest

"Free"? No, it's not free. It's added to our taxes.

October 23, 2012 - 1:03pm
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