Bindoo Rellan, MD, is an obstetrician and gynecologist with Kaiser Permanente. She recently spoke with HerKansas, and told us about current concerns in women’s health.
Q: Why is women’s health an important field of medicine to you?
A: I believe that a woman is the epicenter of the family. She may not know it, but she controls not only the daily functioning, but most health care choices of and for the family. To make a significant difference in universal health care, this is the way to go.
Q: What are some common misconceptions you hear about women’s health?
A: My health doesn’t matter, I don’t take the pill as it causes cancer, and heart disease is a disease afflicting men, so I should be fine.
Q: Are there any new trends in women’s health you could share?
A: Cosmetic Vulvar surgery is the new trend in plastic surgery, and that it is frowned upon by the American College of Ob/Gyn.
Q: What are some women’s health issues that need to be further studied?
A: Genetic testing and it’s efficacy, preterm labor prevention – hasn’t changed in decades, prevention and treatment of vertical transmission of HIV, and menopausal health outside of hormones.
Q: What would you like all women to know about their health?
A: Their health is tantamount to the health of their existing family, as well as for the children yet to come. I would like to stress that it should not be taken lightly.