UNION — From packing their child’s school lunch to working late to finish a project, women have a lot on their plates. While dealing with family, relationships and careers, women sometimes don’t make their health a priority.
Put Your Health First
Along with having a relationship with a primary care physician for illnesses and preventive care, it is imperative to schedule a yearly physical with a gynecologist, which focuses on women’s health and diseases.
“It’s difficult for women to put their health before all of their other obligations, but we are here to encourage and empower women regarding their health and listening to their bodies,” said gynecologist/ obstetrician Natasha Jeter, MD, of Medical Group of the Carolinas — OB/GYN — Union.
Taking an active role in your health and scheduling yearly screenings is an important part of preventing and managing chronic conditions. Staying physically fit, eating healthy and getting enough sleep are other ways to take charge of your health.
Creating a healthy lifestyle also includes healthy relationships with those you encounter — especially romantically. Dr. Jeter encourages women to stay healthy by practicing safe sex.
“You can reduce your risk of sexually transmitted diseases by staying in monogamous relationships,” she said. “You probably remember learning about safe sex as a teenager. That still is an important message to remember as an adult, such as using condoms or getting screened for diseases.”
You and your partner can stay safe by:
• Using condoms — If used correctly, condoms lessen the risk of infection and disease.
• Having fewer partners — Agree to only have sex with one person who agrees to only have sex with you.
• Getting vaccinated — The HPV vaccine can help prevent genital warts and some cancers.
• Talking with your partner — Though this may be a dreaded conversation, it’s important. Being honest and learning your partner’s history will help protect your health.
• Getting tested — You and your partner should be tested for STDs.
Need An Appointment?
Gynecologists treat diseases and disorders specific to female reproductive organs. In addition to prenatal and obstetric care, Medical Group of the Carolinas — OB/GYN — Union helps women through menopause issues, and gynecologic disorders such as endometriosis, irregular bleeding, pelvic pain and premenstrual syndrome.
“Listen to your body,” Dr. Jeter said. “If something doesn’t seem right to you, getting a medical issue solved now is better than waiting for it to get worse.”
Along with pre-natal care, Dr. Jeter also assists with post-natal appointments. This includes helping women through post-pregnancy changes and determining when they should be intimate again.
Take control of your health with Dr. Jeter. Call 864-427-8380 for an appointment.
Dr. Jeter received her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. Dr. Jeter is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She is a member of the Union Hospital District Medical Board and a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Jeter is on the air with WBCU at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 14. Call in with your questions at 864-427-2411.
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) offers a full spectrum of services through four hospitals: Spartanburg Medical Center, Pelham Medical Center, Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care and Union Medical Center. SRHS also includes Ellen Sagar Nursing Center, 113-bed long-term care, skilled nursing facility that offers nursing care and rehabilitation services. SRHS provides unparalleled oncological care through the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute. The multidisciplinary Medical Group of the Carolinas has more than 300 physicians across seven counties in two states. SRHS employs nearly 6,000 associates and offers outpatient surgery centers, a vibrant post-acute division, and a Level I Trauma Center. U.S. News and World Report ranked Spartanburg Medical Center the No. 1 regional hospital in South Carolina in 2014-15. The Commission on Cancer gave Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute its Outstanding Achievement Award.
This story courtesy of the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.