It’s Women’s Health Week and You’re In Your 20’s…

The 19th annual National Women’s Health Week kicked off on Mother’s Day, May 13, and is celebrated through May 19, 2018. The Mother’s Day kick-off provides the perfect impetus for women of all ages to honor and respect themselves by making better health choices. Sadly, women’s health issues and care are often lamentably not a priority in many male-oriented physician practices. As such, it is important that all women take a proactive stance in ensuring they receive the best healthcare possible; this can only happen by educating ourselves. Knowledge is POWER. The following are steps/choices that women can take towards living their best life at any age:

20s – Get your well women check up/birth control how to choose the best method for you. There are now many more choices…

  • IUDs – they’re not your Mother’s IUD anymore. IUDs have come a long way since their wide spread use in the 1960s and 1970s. IUDs provide great, long-term protection against pregnancy, are more than 99% effective and work as well as sterilization and the birth control implant. IUDs are one of the most effective birth control methods because you can’t forget to use it! How many times have we heard our friends freak out because they forgot to take their oral contraceptive? Too many times for me to count ! Why take the risk of forgetting to take a pill when you don’t have to? An IUD protects against pregnancy for 3 to 12 years depending on which type you choose and many are non-hormonal. You can have the IUD removed at any time without affecting your fertility.  Best of all, the IUD allows your ovaries to continue producing much needed estrogen and testosterone daily, allowing you to avoid symptoms of hormone deficiencies.
  • NuvaRing/Ortho Evra Transdermal Patch –  again, these newer birth control  methods help decrease the daily probability and risk of pregnancy that can occur by forgetting to take an oral contraceptive. Once a month birth control is highly effective and much more “user” friendly for many women. 
  • Ge the HPV vaccine (26 years old or younger) –  the HPV vaccine is important because it protects against cancers caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),  HPV is a common virus; nearly 80 million people—about one in four—are currently infected in the United States. About 14 million people, including teens, become infected with HPV each year. Most people with HPV never develop symptoms or health problems. Most HPV infections (9 out of 10) go away by themselves within two years, but, sometimes, HPV infections will last longer, and can cause certain cancers and other diseases. HPV infection can cause: cancers of the cervix, vagina, and vulva in women, cancers of the penis in men; and of the anus and back of the throat, including the base of the tongue and tonsils (oropharynx), in both women and men. Every year in the United States, HPV causes 30,700 cancers in men and women. HPV vaccination can prevent most of the cancers (about 28,000) from occurring.
  • STD testing – common sense dictates the more sexually active you are, especially, if you have multiple sex partners, the greater the odds you will have of contracting an STD. Many STDs are symptomless or take years to manifest (stress is a great trigger). Always wear a condom to protect yourself and your partner AND get tested!
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