Make Your Gynecological Health One of Your New Year’s Resolutions
Make your gynecological health one of your New Year’s resolutions
The new year is always an exciting time, if for no other reason than it comes bearing the opportunity to start fresh. For whatever reason, a renewed calendar year is symbolic of a clean slate, where we can set new goals and priorities for ourselves. The magic of the New Year’s Resolution is that we take the time to evaluate where we are in our lives and what’s important to us. Maybe it’s leftover holiday spirit, or maybe it’s the pressure to lose those 10 extra pounds we gained going to all those parties, but whatever the cause: a new year brings possibility of an improved you.
As you make that list of New Year’s resolutions – don’t forget to prioritize your gynecological health.
According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, women should have an appointment with their gynecologist at least once a year, as an annual ‘well-woman’ check-up.1 But as women, we have a lot to keep up with. Between managing your daily to-do list and career demands, sometimes the annual gynecologist visit can slip lower on (or off!) your radar, especially if you’re taking care of a family in addition to yourself.
But the importance of ensuring uterine health – and of being your own health advocate – can’t be overstated. Getting screened for cancers, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and issues surrounding reproductivity and your menstrual cycle are just some of the reasons to get a regular check-up on the books at your local gynecologist’s office. And if you have gynecological issues, like abnormally heavy periods , don’t wait any longer to get a medical opinion. Research has shown that it can take years from when a woman realizes she suffers from abnormally heavy periods to the time she seeks treatment.1 If you think you may be experiencing an irregular menstrual cycle or any other gynecological issue, schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.
Though going to the gynecologist may not be at the top of your “fun things to do” list, you won’t regret taking care of your reproductive health in 2018. After all, in order for us to be our best selves, we must first be our healthiest selves, and that’s something to be excited for.
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- Hologic, Inc. Data on File; AUB Patient Journey Research, conducted January 2017. Survey of 1,003 women who self-identified as currently or recently experiencing heavy bleeding with need to change feminine hygiene product very hour or more.
- Posted by Dot.
- On January 4, 2018