In our women's health medical office, we understand that women’s health care needs do not stop after child birthing years or once a woman has reached menopause. Keeping up to date with visits to a women’s doctor is vital to overall health and well-being in the long-term. While it is easy to lose sight of the importance of visiting the gynecologist or OB/GYN after you are done with prenatal visits or no longer menstruate, regular examinations are still necessary.
Each decade of a woman’s life holds new challenges for her health. Seeing a women’s doctor through all of them helps women to keep track of what healthy habits are essential for each stage of life.
The 20s and 30s
During a woman’s 20s and 30s, visiting a women's health medical office for annual examinations and STI screenings are incredibly important, in addition to receiving care for pregnancies or irregular periods. Testing for STIs can lead to early detection and treatment of health conditions as dangerous as pelvic cancer. Regular checkups can ensure a woman does not have an STI she is unaware of, as many of them do not have visible symptoms.
In addition to checking for diseases and infections, a women’s doctor can also keep track of a patient’s weight, iron levels, cholesterol levels and thyroid health, among other necessary health checks. Many young women suffer from anemia or are at risk for osteoporosis without even realizing it.
Plus, regular weight checks can ensure a woman is not putting on more pounds than she realizes and putting herself at risk for diseases related to obesity or a thicker waistline like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and even heart disease.
The 40s and 50s
Once a woman hits her 40s and 50s, other health concerns begin to rise like the likelihood of breast cancer or the increase in risk for heart disease and diabetes. Additionally, visiting a women's health medical office for mammograms should become a priority in this age range since this is the best way to check for signs of tumors or breast cancer.
Blood pressure readings should be taken, and blood work should still be performed to look for signs of diabetes and potential heart problems. Bone density tests should also be performed to determine if a woman of this age range is showing signs of osteoporosis and developing a prevention plan that will lead to healthier bones and muscles. A colon cancer screening is typically performed in a woman’s 50s as well as this is when this type of cancer usually develops. Finally, one of the most significant concerns of women in this age range is the onset of menopause. A women’s healthcare provider can lend an ear to these concerns and provide helpful advice.
The 60s, 70s, and 80s
Women in their 60s and older should still receive annual examinations and should have bone density testing performed routinely. Most women experience some decline in bone density by this age but knowing the level of concern will be beneficial in caring for fragile bones as a woman ages.
Visit a women's health medical office during all stages of life
To learn more about the importance of seeing a women’s healthcare provider at every age, visit our office. Routine visits to a women’s doctor may elongate your life and keep you as healthy as possible for as long as possible. Schedule an appointment today for health care.
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