Wellness Wednesday to focus on migraines, menstruation

Program to provide professional resources, casual environment to talk about health concerns

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Roughly 18 percent of the female population suffers from migraines, said Noel Nicolai, education coordinator for Pullman Regional Hospital.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

This month’s Women’s Wellness Wednesday, hosted by Pullman Regional Hospital, will focus on migraines and the menstrual cycle.

Neurologist Sarita Said-Said will speak at the event, which is from 5:30-6:30 p.m. tomorrow at Three Forks Bike and Brew in Pullman, said Noel Nicolai, Healthier Communities coordinator and education coordinator at Pullman Regional Hospital.

Nicolai said about 18 percent of American women experience migraines and they are a very prevalent condition in the female population.

The purpose of the event is to give women an opportunity to ask questions they might not have time to ask or feel comfortable asking their primary healthcare providers.

“People often go to the internet to try to look up the correct information rather than going to a provider,” Nicolai said. “We have so many qualified people in the area … but sometimes people are intimidated to ask.”

The coffeehouse-style event is very casual, Nicolai said, and is meant to create comfortable conversations surrounding healthcare.

Said-Said will speak for about 15-20 minutes before answering questions from the audience, Nicolai said.

There will be a question box for attendees who wish to ask anonymously, she said.

“We really want to give people empowerment to talk about everything,” Nicolai said, “and [provide] tools to ask the right questions in the amount of time we have with the provider.”

Appetizers will be provided, Nicolai said, and attendees are welcome to purchase drinks at the restaurant.

Women’s Wellness Wednesday is organized by Pullman Regional Hospital’s Center for Learning and Innovation and the Women’s Leadership Guild.

Three Forks Bike and Brew is located at 588 SE Bishop Blvd. Suite G in Pullman.