To highlight the importance of women’s health, the Rogers County Health Department is joining the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) to celebrate Women’s Health Month by addressing five key health topics affecting women in all stages of life. Those topics include breast and cervical screenings, preconception health, congenital syphilis, smoking and using e-cigarettes during pregnancy, and postpartum depression.

“We encourage women of all ages to talk to a health care provider about recommended preventive screenings and ways to develop healthy living habits,” said Larry Bergner, Regional Director for Rogers County Health Department. “Maintaining regular well-woman visits can help detect any problems early.”

Steps toward better health include:

• Regular screenings for breast and cervical cancer.

• Build healthy habits before getting pregnant by being free of tobacco and e-cigarettes.

• Maintaining a healthy weight.

• Taking multivitamins with 400 mcg of folic acid daily.

• Getting tested/treated for sexually transmitted diseases.

Postpartum depression is a type of major depression, which affects about one in eight new mothers within the first year after childbirth. Many new mothers experience the “baby blues,” which do not tend to be severe, do not need treatment and generally do not last more than two weeks. Postpartum depression symptoms often last longer, are more intense and have an impact on a new mother’s health and her ability to care for her baby.

A new mother may experience insomnia, irritability, mood swings, persistent sadness, and thoughts of harming herself or the baby. These symptoms can significantly impact the mother’s ability to parent the way she would like to. While it is a serious condition, it can be treated successfully with medication and counseling. For assistance, contact the postpartum helpline at 1-800-944-4773, by text at 503-894-9453, or visit www.postpartum.net

To learn more about women’s health, please visit www.health.ok.gov or call the Rogers County Health Department at 918-341-3166. For anything health related, also visit our local health department website http://rogers.health.ok.gov and follow our Facebook page, Rogers County OK Health Department.