All women want to feel and look their best, and to do that, you need to take care of your health. This means learning to look after both your physical health, as well as learning the tricks of self-care and self-help to look after your mental health. Here are some of the key things all women should know.
See Your Doctor Regularly
A head to toe physical every year isn’t needed for most people, but it is a good idea to check in with your doctor at least every year or two, so you can find any potential problems early, and keep to date with recommended screening tests. If you have risk factors for cancer or chronic medical condition, already have a chronic medical condition, or are over 50, you may need more frequent screenings. If you aren’t sure how often to be checked, ask your Doctor. Never put off seeing your doctor either, whether you’re experiencing some more obvious like BV symptoms, or just don’t feel quite right.
Have A Pap Smear Every Three Years
Pap smears are recommended for all women aged between 21 and 29 every three years. Between ages 30 and 65, you should have a pap smear and an HPV test every three to five years. Both tests are important to detect the early signs of cervical cancer and pre-cancer, when treatment is more likely to be more successful.
Schedule Regular Mammograms
Mammograms are recommended for the early detection of breast cancer when it can be more easily treated and cured. It’s a good idea to start scheduling mammograms around age 45 or 50.
Test For Colon Cancer
Colon cancer screening is important for all women after the age 0f 50. Screenings are done via stool tests or colonoscopy. Colonoscopy is usually seen as the gold standard. If you have a family history of colon cancer or other risk factors, you should start being screened earlier than the age of 50.
Immunizations aren’t just for children. They’re also important for women of all ages, to prevent hospitalizations and to save lives. A flu shot is a good idea for all women, every year. Tetanus shots, HPV vaccinations, and the Shingrix vaccine which guards against shingles are also a good idea to get.
Review Your Contraception Choices
Women who are of childbearing age should talk about family planning and their contraception with their doctors. You should ask your doctor about different options for contraception and which option makes the most sense for you and your lifestyle. If you don’t want to have children yet, discuss how long you may be able to delay this before fertility may become a problem. Ask what other risks you might face by waiting. By asking the right questions, you can feel more in control and make informed choices.
Don’t Drink Too Much Alcohol
For women, it’s recommended to drink no more than one alcoholic drink a day, such as one beer or one glass of wine. Drinking more alcohol has been linked to liver disease and other forms of cancer.
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