How much do you HATE going to the GYN (Gynocologist) or GP (Primary Care General Practitioner)? Most people don’t love it, but annual check-ups are part of the recipe for healthier living. Here is your checklist.
Dr. Lissa Rankin’s blog, ‘Owning Pink‘ is a great source for women’s health and well-being!
Go for you annual. Your doctor will check your insides (yes, yuck). If you have had a baby, you know that nothing is sacred anymore and it doesn’t really phase you. If you haven’t had the thrill (lol) of birth and/or you are embarrassed – get over it. Remember, these MD’s do this for a living. You know the old adage. You’ve see one you’ve seen them all? True.
Get the Mammogram
…or The Annual Boob Squish. Painful? Possibly. Anxiety packed? Definitely. Lifesaving? TOTALLY! Thanks to organizations like the Susan G. Komen Breast For the Cure for the great strides that have been made in saving lives by early detection. You could be one of them. Here are a few suggestions. First of all, if you feel any kind of lump in your breast no matter HOW old you are, go get it checked out. It could be nothing, but even if it is a benign cyst or a boil – it should be taken care of. Remember, not everything is a doom diagnosis. Second. Get a baseline mammogram in your thirties and then when you hit the big 4 – 0 , go annually.
Why at 40?
When you are in your thirties and forties, your boobs are denser. A mammogram can find teeny little things you might not be able to feel. As we get older and, like everything else on our bodies, our boobs literally go south and become tubes and less dense. You should give yourself regular self-exams, but NEVERTHELESS – the annual boob squish is a necessity and most Insurance plans cover it. If you have a history of breast cancer in your family, talk to your doctor and ask when they recommend you start going annually. JUST DO IT.
Find a GP (General Practitioner) and see him/her annually. This is for your blood pressure, heart, blood work – all that regular ol’ stuff, but your insurance will cover it so get it done. Again, if anything is not quite perfect (like, hello? who is?) it can be addressed before it gets worse.
Get your teeth cleaned twice a year. No, this is not a luxury, but actually a health precaution. Gum disease can produce bacterias that can cause all kinds of havoc with your body, but especially your heart. Besides, don’t you want to look pretty when you smile?
Some doctors say every five years after 50, some say every ten. If you have a history of colon cancer in your family, your schedule will be different as you will want to be monitored more carefully. Talk to your General Practitioner about this. Again. Be pro-active. In having a colonoscopy, if anything is found it can be taken care of. If you don’t go, well – your bad.
Treat yourself well
So now you’ve seen all of these medical professionals in one year. Give yourself a treat. When you schedule the appointment you hate the most also schedule a couple of hours at the spa. Treat yourself to a massage, a facial or mani-pedi. What? It is too expensive (save up for it) or you don’t have the time – find the time!. You deserve a bit of pampering every once in a while – it is therapeutic.
.Know thine self. No kidding. Pay attention to changes in your body. If you see something that looks weird, check it out. Don’t be a hypochondriac, but be aware. The thing you have to remember is that your body is constantly changing. It is called aging, but the journey could be as good as you make it. Along with your body maturing come emotional maturing. Just remember, you are not getting older – you are getting better. That is the truth!