The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Often when a woman sees an obstetrician-gynecologist, it’s because she’s pregnant or has a reproductive disorder. While this is part of her overall health, it’s not the complete picture. Family care physicians, including Dr. Lugo and Dr. Mircea, provide a much more comprehensive total health care option for many women.
Women’s health does include diagnosis and treatment of conditions unique to women, and it also considers conditions that, while not unique, occur more frequently in women, such as autoimmune issues, for example. In some cases, disorders common to women and men may be treated differently between genders, such as with heart attacks.
Reproductive and sexual health carry different weight for female patients because of the woman’s role in pregnancy and birth. Given the role of mother and the importance of that role in the care and nurturing of children, women’s health often reaches beyond the person, given how profoundly many mothers feel the illnesses of their children. With interactions such as breastfeeding, the health of mother and child can often be physically connected as well as emotionally connected, which both parents experience. FMAA is the only Washington, D.C., metro area family care provider that teaches and uses the Creighton Model FertilityCare System for the advancement of patient knowledge of the female reproductive system and for making informed fertility choices. The Creighton model recognizes the importance of female health to the family unit. It’s a system that includes both male and female considerations in reproductive health care.
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