A year in women’s health

In honor of Mother’s Day, Zocdoc explored how American women interact with healthcare professionals and how that has changed over the past year, by analyzing its aggregate appointment booking data for the women’s health from january toApril 2021 to January-April 2022.

Data shows that across all domains, women are increasingly seeking preventive care, after many people have delayed well visits, including annual appointments, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, even if not all women are mothers, whether by choice or circumstance, the data sheds light on the health habits of women who have or wish to have biological children — from preconception counseling to prenatal and postnatal care, and beyond — as well as those who seek contraceptive care.

An ounce of prevention…
In the early stages of the pandemic, many people are postponing their annual preventative healthcare visits in favor of staying out of doctor’s offices. Now with nearly 90% adults who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and pandemic-related restrictions lifted across the country, women are embracing elective wellness and care appointments again. Between January-April 2021 and January-April 2022:

  • Check-up appointments for healthy women increased by 42%
  • Mammography appointments increased by 41%
  • 28% increase in breast cancer exam/screening appointments
  • 19% increase in annual Pap smear/gynecologist appointments

Preparing tomorrow, today
First data on birth trends in the United States during the pandemic indicates that a significant number of Americans are postponing having children during this unprecedented time. But many do not definitively put aside the idea of ​​pregnancy; fertility clinics have shows a significant increase among women using their services. This trend towards conscious family planning is reflected in Zocdoc reservations. Between January-April 2021 and January-April 2022:

  • Egg freezing and retrieval/fertility preservation appointments increased by 78%
  • Fertility awareness/natural family planning appointments increased by 37%
  • Preconception consultation appointments increased by 20%
  • Fertility counseling appointments increased by 18%
  • Appointments for IUD insertion increased by 11%
  • Birth control appointments increased by 10%

Mother knows (that going to the doctor is) better
While postpartum depression increased significantly and stress and uncertainty regarding prenatal care increased at the start of the pandemic, women turn to health care providers for the pregnancy-related care they need. Between January-April 2021 and January-April 2022:

  • Prenatal appointments increased by 50%
  • Appointments for postpartum depression and anxiety increased by 41%
  • Postpartum care appointments increased by 30%

Ask for help
The women have unique health needs and access the health system more frequently than men, but have historically experienced gender biases when seeking care. But with sensitization troubles like polycystic ovary syndrome increasing, and increased efforts by health professionals to help the 1.3 million women who go through menopause in the United States each year are managing their symptoms, more and more women are getting help for some common conditions. Between January-April 2021 and January-April 2022:

  • Endometriosis appointments increased by 23%
  • Menopause-related appointments increased by 11%
  • Appointments for polycystic ovary syndrome increased by 10%

for more information contact [email protected]. If you’re a healthcare provider looking to reach new patients and provide seamless access to care – in person or virtually – you can learn more at zocdoc.com/join.

About Zocdoc
Zocdoc is a leading digital healthcare marketplace for in-person or virtual care. Every month, millions of people use our free service, through Zocdoc.com or the Zocdoc app, to find network doctors, instantly book in-person or virtual appointments, read reviews from verified users, receive reminders for upcoming appointments and preventive health checks. , and more. With a mission to empower the patient, Zocdoc’s platform delivers the accessible and simple experience they expect and deserve.

Sandra Glading
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