It’s National Women’s Health Week!
While you may not have heard of it before, it’s a special event led by the US Department of Health and Human Services every year after Mother’s Day for the last 18 years. This week is all about you – and helping you take the steps toward your healthiest life possible.
So what can you do this week to celebrate your health? We have a few ideas:
- Schedule your annual well woman exam! Listen, we know it’s not easy to remember to make a once-a-year appointment. It’s inconvenient and you may tell yourself you’ll get around to it when you’re ready. But it’s important to keep up to date on your pap smears, HPV testing, and breast exams to evaluate whether you’re at risk for any cancers or other illnesses down the line. If you’ve been putting off scheduling a gynecologist visit and you’re in the Houston area, call us today and we’ll help get you set up.
- Talk to your doctor about those little, “nagging” issues that have been bothering you. Whether you’re experiencing irregular bleeding, urinary issues, killer cramps, side effects from your birth control, or any other gynecological issue, don’t be embarrassed to bring it up. Trust us, we’ve heard it all before, and we want to help. So often, women dismiss their symptoms by downplaying them as “not important.” No matter how serious an issue may seem to be (or not be), talking honestly with your doctor is the best way to start on the road to your healthiest life.
- Sexually active? Talk to us about contraception. We know that the decision of when to have children is a deeply personal matter – and if you’re not quite ready yet, we want to help you find the best options to manage your fertility. Not all birth control methods are right for everyone, and it can be intimidating to know which one to choose. We can help guide you through your options and find the right form of contraception for you.
- Planning to start a family? Talk to your doctor about prenatal care. We offer preconception counseling, personalized prenatal care tailored to your needs, and screening and support to monitor whether your pregnancy is developing normally. We’ll help guide you through the worries, obstacles, and pitfalls you may encounter throughout all three trimesters, and when you give birth, we’re here to offer you postpartum care as well. We’re also happy to refer you to local childbirth classes to help you better prepare for the exciting changes to come.
- Women’s health doesn’t end at menopause – talk to your doctor about managing your symptoms. Menopause can be a turbulent period in any woman’s life, but there are a number of ways to manage any issues you might experience and get your life back on track. We’re happy to talk to patients about hormone replacement and other treatments to help you through this life change. We’re also able to address other issues that tend to arise with age, with the equipment to offer bone density scans for osteoporosis.
- Make a commitment to exercise and eat healthier food choices. One of the best ways to create a healthier life is also one of the hardest steps for many people to take: making exercise and healthy diet part of your daily routine. With today’s hectic life, to many women it can feel like an insurmountable challenge. But it doesn’t have to be! The CDC recommends just 2 1/2 hours of moderate physical activity a week – so focus on small changes like walking to the store instead of driving, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and you’ll find you meet your goals in no time. Find ways to incorporate whole grains, fruits, and vegetables into your meals: we guarantee there are a wealth of recipes available online that are both healthy and delicious for you to try!
Curious what else you can do to support your health this week?
At Southwest OB/GYN, we focus on whole-body health and wellness, not just pap smears and ultrasounds. Call us today to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment.