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VIDEO: Physical, mental challenges of deployed female soldiers

TORONTO — Elspeth "Cam" Ritchie, MD, MPH, a forensic psychiatrist and former chief clinical officer for the Department of Mental Health in Washington, DC, discusses her recently published book, titled Women at War, that explores the physical and mental challenges female soldiers encounter when deployed.

The book will touch on various topics, including how to manage motherhood during deployment, how to avoid urinary tract infections and maintain cleanliness while dehydrated or in areas with low water supply, sexual assault and more.

“Women in the military are by and large in their reproductive years [while deployed], so it can be a real challenge to manage deployment along with reproductive and gynecologic issues. Nevertheless, women do it and they do it well,” Ritchie said. “I hope this conversation will lead to more conversations about how to do it and what kind of tricks these women can learn to function and function well.”

Disclosure: Ritchie reports no relevant financial disclosures.

TORONTO — Elspeth "Cam" Ritchie, MD, MPH, a forensic psychiatrist and former chief clinical officer for the Department of Mental Health in Washington, DC, discusses her recently published book, titled Women at War, that explores the physical and mental challenges female soldiers encounter when deployed.

The book will touch on various topics, including how to manage motherhood during deployment, how to avoid urinary tract infections and maintain cleanliness while dehydrated or in areas with low water supply, sexual assault and more.

“Women in the military are by and large in their reproductive years [while deployed], so it can be a real challenge to manage deployment along with reproductive and gynecologic issues. Nevertheless, women do it and they do it well,” Ritchie said. “I hope this conversation will lead to more conversations about how to do it and what kind of tricks these women can learn to function and function well.”

Disclosure: Ritchie reports no relevant financial disclosures.

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