‘I think the sky is the limit’: Dr. Drew on new therapies and wellness options for women
When you look at the list of new therapies for women and children, the idea of going to a specialty clinic to have an actual physical exam may seem a little far-fetched, but Dr. David Drew has the answer.
“I think that’s going to be the first time a woman will ever go to the doctor,” Dr. Stephen G. Dix, a specialist in women’s health at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, said at the 2017 American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists annual meeting in Houston.
Dr. Drew’s work with women has been hailed as groundbreaking, but she’s not the only one trying to bring the medical world in line with the wellness culture of the modern era.
New technologies like laser hair removal and artificial ovulation detection have also made the procedure a reality, with some women having their ovaries removed in order to achieve “virginity.”
“For the first-time, we’re really seeing a significant shift in women needing to go to a clinic for a physical exam, which is not always the case,” Dr, Drew said.
There’s a lot of money at stake for women.
There are more than $6 billion spent on women’s medical care annually, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, and the cost of care for the average American woman is $4,500.
So while many women still get a physical, they’re spending a lot more of their time on the phone, social media and other online venues, Dr. Dijssen said.