Dr. Richa Agarwal 07-06-2019 Consult
Women's health and wellness is important for a healthy family. Maintaining your health is a lifelong commitment, and for women, health priorities can change with each decade. Between physical and hormonal changes, it's important to know what particular health concerns are relevant to your age.
Women should take care of the following things at each stage in life:
1. Develop and maintain healthy habits
- Eat a balanced diet and maintain weight
- Exercise weekly- cardio exercise for heart health and weight-bearing exercise for bone and muscle health
- Stay hydrated
2. Cultivate positive relationships with your support networks (friends and family)
3. Limit alcohol consumption and Quit smoking
Women's Health in Your 20s (Priorities: Sexual health and Fertility)
1. Get the HPV vaccine
2. Practice safe sex with birth control, condom use, and regular STI/STD screening
3. Get screened for cervical cancer every 3 years.
Women's Health in Your 30s (Priorities: Pregnancy and Motherhood)
1. Talk to your Obstetrician/Gynecologist about fertility and pregnancy if you intend to have children
- Start taking folic acid to prepare for pregnancy
- Start tracking your ovulation cycle
- Fertility starts to decline after 35
2. Talk to your OB/GYN and primary care doctor if you have postpartum concerns
3. Schedule an HPV test and a Pap smear together every 5 years (If the HPV test is unavailable, continue getting a Pap smear every 3 years)
4. Sleep health begins to decline, so prioritize maintaining healthy sleep habits
- You're more likely to wake up in the middle of the night
- It may also be harder for you to fall asleep
5. Metabolism starts to slow down, so make sure your diet and exercise habits shift accordingly
6. If you're concerned about wrinkles, talk to your doctor or dermatologist about Retin-A and other preventive options
Women's Health in Your 40s (Priorities: Menopause and Aging)
1. Schedule an annual mammogram
2. If your family has a history of colon cancer, schedule an annual colonoscopy
3. Talk to your Obstetrician/Gynecologist about preparing for and managing menopause
4. If you have children, make sure to prioritize your own health needs too!
Women's Health in Your 50s (Priorities: Aging and Mental Health)
1. Talk to your doctor about neurological concerns such Alzheimer's
2. Don't forget to manage your mental health (If you have older children, empty nest syndrome may begin to affect your mood and mental health)
3. Keep your mind active! Distract yourself in things you like and consult Psychologists for mental care, if required.
Women's Health in Your 60s, 70s and Beyond (Priority: Aging)
1. Talk to your doctor if your family has a history of diseases like Diabetes and Arthritis.
2. Stay physically active in low impact ways