Aetna Better Health wants you to stay healthy. One of the best ways you can stay healthy is to schedule a yearly well-woman checkup. These visits are covered through your benefits as an Aetna Better Health member.
During this checkup, your provider will do a:
- Cervical cancer screening (Pap test) to check for cervical cancer Pap test - Women aged 21-65 should have cytology (Pap smear) every three (3) years. For women 30-65, extended screening to every five years (5) is appropriate after three satisfactory normal results and a negative human papillomavirus (HPV) co-test.
- Breast Cancer screening - Breast exam to check for breast cancer - Mammogram - Women over 40 are recommended to have a mammogram each year. Mammograms detect breast cancer early. Talk to your doctor to see if you need a mammogram.
You may not have any signs or symptoms of these problems. Getting a well-woman checkup each year can help catch problems early, before they become difficult to treat. A woman’s health can change quickly. That’s why it’s important to schedule a well-woman checkup each year.
You can call your primary care provider (PCP) to schedule a well-woman checkup, or you may call an OB/GYN. You do not need a referral. We have both male and female OB/GYNs available. Search online at Find a Provider.
Being active and eating well is also important to staying healthy. Good nutrition and exercise can help control your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol.
Planning a pregnancy
Start planning for pregnancy as soon as you start thinking about having a baby. The healthier you are, the more likely you are to have a healthy baby. Prenatal care can start before you even become pregnant.
See your doctor
Your doctor may want to do a complete checkup and routine testing to make sure you’re in good health. Also, he or she can answer any questions you may have about your health or getting pregnant.
Start healthy habits
A balanced diet is always good for you. You should follow a healthy diet before you get pregnant. Eat foods that are high in protein like meat, chicken and fish (avoid raw fish). Also, try to drink at least eight glasses of water each day. Remember to eat your fruits, vegetables, grains, and dairy products.
You need to stay away from alcohol, smoking and street drugs. They’re not good for you and certainly not good for your baby. You may also want to start cutting down on your caffeine.
If you think you are pregnant
Call your doctor. You want to schedule your first visit during the first six to eight weeks of your pregnancy.
Let us know you're pregnant
Complete this form as early as possible so our care management team can tell you about our Promise program for pregnant members, and get you connected to local community resources and services. Please fill out this confidential online form and submit directly to our nurse case managers. If you need help, please call our Member Services Department at 1-855-242-0802.
Our care management team can help with:
- Finding a doctor or a pharmacy
- Transportation to doctor’s appointments
- Promise Program for pregnant members (receive information on program rewards for seeing your doctor for prenatal and postnatal care)
- Text4baby (receive personalized messages and health tips during and after your pregnancy regarding wellness, nutrition, growth and development)
- Special care plan just for you and your baby
You can go to any family planning provider or clinic, whether they are in our network or not. Remember to show your Aetna Better Health of Louisiana ID cards at your appointments.
Aetna Better Health of Louisiana covers the following family planning services:
- Annual exams and pap smears
- Pregnancy and other lab tests
- Prescription and over-the-counter birth control medication and devices
- Birth control medical visits
- Testing, education and counseling on Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) and prevention
- Help in making an informed decision on family planning
- Treatment of problems related to the use of birth control, including emergency services
- Pregnancy diagnosis, counseling and referral
Osteoporosis makes your bones weak so they break easily. As many as half of all women may have osteoporosis, especially those 50 or older. Unfortunately, there are no symptoms. You may not know you have it until you break a bone.
See your doctor about your bone health. He or she can prescribe a bone density test, especially if you are:
- 50 or older
- Small and thin
- Have a family history of osteoporosis
- Take certain medicines
- Are white or Asian
- Have low bone density
To keep your bones strong:
- Eat foods rich in calcium and vitamin D
- Exercise regularly
- Don’t smoke