Everyone should prioritize their health, but many women find it difficult to keep up with their needs. Sometimes it’s due to life being so busy with work and family obligations, and other times it’s difficult to locate the ideal caregiver at the ideal location at the ideal time.
Whatever the difficulty, Doctors Nova Scotia is here to help. Below is a list of Nova Scotian resources for women’s health.
Well Woman Clinics
Well Woman Clinics are available statewide through Nova Scotia Health. Without a primary healthcare provider, these clinics offer women the chance to receive health-related services and health education from female doctors or nurses; services may include Pap tests, birth control counseling and prescriptions, and information about mammograms and breast cancer. Each clinic has a different set of offerings and operating days and hours.
Nova Scotia Breast Screening Program
Early and continuing screening are crucial because statistics suggest that one in eight Nova Scotian women may acquire breast cancer in their lifetime. For women 40 years of age and older, the Nova Scotia Breast Screening Program provides mammography and other diagnostic procedures (and others, if they meet the criteria). Mammograms are readily accessible, with 11 facilities throughout the province and a mobile screening van. Find out how to schedule an appointment.
Several groups in Nova Scotia help those who identify as transgender. PrideHealth “works to improve access to health services that are safe, coordinated, comprehensive, and culturally appropriate for people who are Two-Spirited, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and questioning (members of the LGBTIQ+ community),” which includes information and referrals to care providers who are gender-affirming. Other resources for care include the IWK Health Centre’s transgender health guide and the Halifax Sexual Health Centre.
There are numerous resources available to help women who are having mental health issues, whether they are caused by depression, anxiety, difficult living circumstances, reproductive mental health, pre- or post-partum depression or anxiety. Call 211 to access the Women’s Helpline or other mental health services, visit the province’s Mental Health and Addictions Program homepage, or contact your local Canadian Mental Health Association branch for help.
More resources to support women’s health in Nova Scotia at https://www.yourdoctors.ca/blog/health-care/womens-health-2
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