These topics are among those planned for the Little Black Dress Wellness Event on Nov. 12 in Ogden:
* Expecting or not: learn what to expect
* When your family is complete, what's next?
* Female sexuality: things your mother never taught you
* 40s and beyond: our pearls of health to you
* Your healthy skin: skin cancer, treatments and renewal
* The marital dance: Love, confrontation, withdrawal and distraction
* When duct tape doesn't work: How to get close to your kids and kids close to you
vigilant ones when it comes to visiting the doctor, but in today's uncertain economy, doctors are seeing fewer female patients.
"Women are putting off their own health care, mainly due to being uninsured or they are unable to afford a co-payment," said Dr. Larry Smithing, an OB/GYN at the Ogden Clinic. "In the long run, a mammogram is less expensive than breast cancer. We are hospitalizing more patients with extreme illnesses."
In addition, women are delaying prenatal care, Smithing said, resulting in newborns who come into the world with extensive health problems.
"Women are showing up at the hospital ready to deliver, and they haven't received any prenatal care," he said. "The economy has clearly affected women's health care."
Because of the decline in routine screenings, the Ogden Clinic is holding a free event aimed at emphasizing just how important it is for a woman to regularly visit her doctor.
The Little Black Dress Wellness Event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Ivy Lane Reception Center, 1029 25th St. Although free and open to the public, you must RSVP to attend by calling 801-475-3462 or at lbdwellness.ogdenclinic.com.
Dr. Jon Ahlstrom, an OB/GYN at the Ogden Clinic, said women who attend will walk away with a refreshed perspective on health care.
"Women should be aware of new treatment options including robotics and minimally invasive surgical techniques that may improve their quality of life," he said.
Ahlstrom said many women assume once they are finished having children, they no longer need to see their doctor. That's a big mistake, he said, since many health concerns still can surface and new issues such as menopause may need to be addressed.
Smithing and Ahlstrom will both speak at the event, along with several other health experts. The event will also include spa treatments, vendor booths and prizes.
Although the title include, "Little Black Dress," Ogden Clinic marketing project manager Valerie Robinson said women are invited to dress up but may also dress casual.
"Everything about the event is free. Seminars, health screenings, prizes, manicures, facial waxing, refreshments and more," Robinson said. "This is Ogden Clinic's way to give back to women in our community."