A recent survey indicates too many baby boomer women may be giving their doctors the silent treatment when it comes to talking about their health.
Although boomer women find themselves with increased personal health needs as they enter midlife and beyond, only 16 percent indicated they are likely to discuss those symptoms with a doctor, according to the Boomer Women’s Health survey of women aged 45 and older in North America sponsored by SCA, the maker of bladder protection products and services under the globally-leading TENA® brand (www.tena.us) and conducted by Harris Interactive.
The survey also revealed that over two-thirds of baby boomer women (67 percent) are less likely to see a physician if they think the symptoms they are experiencing are a “normal part of aging” and therefore may not seek solutions which can improve their quality of life. Furthermore, over a quarter (26 percent) feels uncomfortable, embarrassed or judged when discussing even common personal health issues with their doctors.
Women, however, aren’t the only ones being quiet. The survey also demonstrated that doctors are not initiating conversations with women about these “sensitive” health topics either. Although bladder weakness and low sex drive were ranked as the top two most embarrassing topics to discuss with your doctor, they also ranked as the two issues that had been brought up the least by their physicians.
We, as women, owe it to our doctors to tell them what’s going on. The question is are you completely open and honest with your doctor and does your doctor ask you the RIGHT questions to get you to open up?