Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi

Women's Health
Women's Health

Health Risks for Women

Women have unique health needs and different health risks than men. While some of these risks are similar for both sexes, there are risks exclusive to the female population.





Heart Disease

It’s the number 1 killer for both men and women, and it is the cause for 29 percent of deaths among women. The biggest issue, though, is premature death. Many times the symptoms go unnoticed since they aren’t always the classic symptoms, like chest pain. Women may experience symptoms like jaw pain, shoulder ache, nausea and vomiting. Reduce your risk of heart disease by practicing healthy habits like eating a well-balanced diet and exercising regularly.

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the number one cancer among women and is the second leading cause of death for women.


Risk factors include:

  • Increasing age
  • Small, thin-boned frame
  • Ethnicity (white and Asian women are at a higher risk)
  • Family history
  • Hormones (infrequent menstrual cycles and estrogen loss due to menopause may increase risk)
  • Anorexia
  • Diet low in calcium and vitamin D
  • Medication use, particularly glucocorticoids or some anticonvulsants
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol consumption

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis largely affects women, and it’s also preventable. Most of bone mass is acquired before 30 years of age. Then, the focus is on maintaining that mass. Consuming calcium and weight-bearing exercises can help prevent bone loss. Risk factors for osteoporosis in women include:

  • Increasing age
  • Small, thin-boned frame
  • Ethnicity (white and Asian women are at a higher risk)
  • Family history
  • Hormones (infrequent menstrual cycles and estrogen loss due to menopause may increase risk)
  • Anorexia
  • Diet low in calcium and vitamin D
  • Medication use, particularly glucocorticoids or some anticonvulsants
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol consumption

Depression

Women are twice as likely than men to suffer from depression. It can be brought on by a number of things like giving birth (postpartum) and even around menopause. Other significant life events can also trigger depressive episodes including marital problems, chronic illnesses, substance abuse, prior history of depression and even some medications.

Autoimmune Diseases

About 75 percent of all autoimmune diseases are diagnosed in women. This includes diabetes, thyroid disorders and lupus. Autoimmune diseases are not well understood, and they can be difficult to diagnose. It’s important to keep track of any symptoms that could be related to an autoimmune disorder and ask your doctor to thoroughly investigate.





Women's Health

Blue Primary Care Home

Blue Primary Care Home creates a wellness “home” where patients visit for preventive wellness care, management of chronic health conditions and coordination of care. Blue Primary Care puts you at the center of your care and encourages ownership of health through preventive care facilitated by an annual wellness visit and more frequent follow up visits for those of us with increased risks for chronic conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Your Blue Primary Care Home is:

  • Where you visit each year for your annual Healthy You! wellness visit and screenings
  • Where you go throughout the year for care in managing your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol
  • Where you go when you require care that needs to be coordinated with another Network Provider or you need to be referred to a Network Specialist or Center of Excellence

Women's Wellness Home

Women’s Wellness Home is an extension of our Blue Primary Care initiative that places the focus of care on prevention and management of health risks through a relationship with a Network Provider who serves in the central role of coordinating care for patients. The Women’s Wellness Home care model expands the focus of care for Network OB-GYNs to include a focus on wellness and personal health ownership by serving as a “home” for wellness and management of health conditions based on an individual plan of care.




Women's Wellness Home Partners

  1. Oxford Clinic for Women
  2. Physicians & Surgeons Clinic
  3. East Lakeland Ob-Gyn
  4. Jackson Healthcare for Women
  5. Southern Women's Health
  6. The Woman's Clinic
  7. Women's Pavilion of South Mississippi












Healthy You!

Having your annual wellness visit, or Healthy You! visit, is the first step along your personal wellness journey. It’s a chance to have a conversation with your Network Provider about your health, any health risks and steps you can take to manage your health with healthy lifestyle habits.



Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi’s Healthy You! wellness benefit, available at no out-of-pocket cost, has age and gender-specific screenings designed to help you understand and manage your health.

Check out our Interactive Preventive Wellness Guide and see the recommended screenings for your age.



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Supporting Healthy Mothers and Healthy Babies... and a Healthy Mississippi

Our focus on women’s health initiatives includes providing support before, during and after pregnancy. Our Maternity Quality Initiative takes a comprehensive approach to ensure the highest-quality, evidence-based treatment is available.

What is the Baby-Friendly Initiative?


Maternity Resources

Healthy Pregnancy
Benefits of Breastfeeding

Learn more about how we’re giving families a healthy start to life.