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Women’s Healthcare in the Deployed Environment

Anytime you prepare for a medical visit, it’s important for you to carefully consider what questions you need to ask your provider in advance.  This is especially important in the deployed environment, where time is significantly constrained and you have only a few minutes to explain your symptoms and concerns.  This communication tip sheet provides advice on how to effectively communicate your needs and get the answers you need.

It is important for you to continue to receive routine health screenings while you are deployed. See the attached information sheet for a list of important screening tests for women.  Talk to your provider to determine which test you need based on your risk factors.  Recommended Screening Tests for Women external link          

New recommendations for Pap testing were recently released and we are awaiting the release of formal screening guidance for uniformed personnel.  Please check back soon for updates!             

Cancer  Prevention          

Cancer and Women external link: Every year, cancer claims the lives of more than a quarter of a million women in America.  Reduce cancer risk by adopting a healthy lifestyle and getting the right cancer screening tests for your stage of life.

Skin Cancer Awareness external link: Protect your skin while you enjoy the outdoors this summer by seeking shade, wearing sunglasses, a hat, and sun-protective clothing, and using sunscreen.

Illness Prevention

It's that time of the year when the flu and other respiratory illnesses seem to be the most contagious. Keep yourself and your family healthy by following these prevention tips. external link

Injury Prevention

The physical requirements of being a military Service member naturally carry with them a degree of injury risk.  Differences in bone mass and physical stature may attribute to increased risk for injury in female Service members.  The following information can help to avoid injury and maintain your physical readiness.

General Safety Guidance - Army Safety Center external link

Hearing Protection - Combat Arms Earplugs

Injury Prevention - Injury Prevention Resources (PHC)

Weather Safety - Heat Injury Prevention, Cold Injury Prevention

Mouth Protection - Mouth Protection and Mouthguard Program (PHC)

Women’s Military Self Diagnosis Kits (WMSD)

WMSDs provide an easily accessible method for self-diagnosis of common gynecologic problems in order to increase the female Service member’s ability to practice self-care in generating and operating environments.  The kits are designed to decrease the need for medical appointments for common women’s health issues and will decrease time away from the unit.  Please check back soon for more information on product descriptions and ordering information!

Bacterial Vaginosis external link

Urinary Tract Infections external link

Vulvovaginal Candidiasis external link (non-government)

Nutrition

Eating a balanced diet on a regular basis and maintaining a healthy weight are critical to ensuring your mission readiness. Increased consumption of added sugars from 2005-2010   (CDC) external link has been linked to a decrease in intake of essential micronutrients and an increase in body weight. Women aged 20–39 consumed an average 275 kcals from added sugars, women aged 40–59 consumed 236 kcals from added sugars, and women aged 60 and over consumed 182 kcals from added sugars.

The following links will provide you with the nutritional information you need to make healthy eating choices.

BMI Calculator external link (non-government)

Eating Disorders external link

Healthy Hydration Fact Sheet

National Institutes of Health: Office of Dietary Supplements (Free Mobile App) external link

DHSS Overweight, Obesity & Weight Loss Fact Sheet external link

Performance Triad external link As part of the Army’s Ready and Resilient Campaign efforts, leaders are advocating a culture shift by encouraging every Professional Soldier to develop a mindset that drives them to optimize their own health in order to improve their performance and resiliency. Getting back to the basics of Activity, Nutrition, and Sleep - also known as the Performance Triad - is the key to optimizing personal and health, performance and resilience.

Public Health Command Nutrition for Women Page

AKO Nutrition and Oral Health external link

Oral Fitness

USAPHC Oral Fitness Information

AKO My Dental external link

Periodic Health Assessments (PHA)

The PHA is a preventive screening tool designed to improve individual medical readiness and health status reporting. It is required for all military Service members regardless of component.  Currently the PHA is a two part process and is an annual requirement; the first portion is done through AKO and is accessible through the “My Medical Readiness” tab (www.us.army.mil external link - AKO, password required).  To complete part two of the assessment, you will need to schedule an appointment with your provider.  

Please check back PHA updates; the tool is currently undergoing revision and new guidance will be posted here as soon as it is available.  

Personal Hygiene

Personal hygiene is the practice of keeping the body well-groomed and clean. Requirements for maintaining hygiene are somewhat different for women and men. Women's personal hygiene is more complex in that special care must be taken to prevent problems associated with the menstrual period, urinary tract infections and yeast infections. The following information provides female-specific information to help you maintain optimal cleanliness. 

Douching external link

Feminine Hygiene Tips for Young Adults external link (non-government)

Oral Hygiene external link (non-government)

Proper Hand Washing external link

Physical Fitness/Active Living

Physical fitness is important for everyone but it’s especially important for military service members. In addition to expectations that service members meet the physical demands of military service, active living should also be pursued and maintained for the health benefits that come along with being fit.  The following links provide a comprehensive variety of active living and fitness information. 

ACSM New Exercise Guidelines (2011) external link (non-government)

Minimalist Running Shoes external link (MRTs) have recently been touted as a fitness ‘must have’.  This link provides you with information about proper wear and use of MRTs and how to determine whether MRTs are right for you.  

Physical Fitness Requirements for Professional Military Education external link

Physical Fitness & Training (PHC)

US Army Physical Readiness Training iTunes App external link (non-government)

Self Care Charts           

Please visit the Self Care Charts page (PHC) to access a wide variety of symptom evaluation charts.  

The charts include a brief introduction to each symptom along with a list of questions to help you decide whether to:

  • Get medical help right away
  • Go to sick call, or
  • Use a self-care measure.