I can hardly believe it but we are already into the last full week of May. Not that I'm complaining in the least since summer break is literally right around the corner but I do wish time would slow down just a tad. Before I know it it'll be October, which means it will be time for my monthly doctors visit.
In case you didn't know, May is Women's Health Month. The month specifically dedicated to bring awareness to women's health. If you're like me, this is brand new information to you. I had zero clue that there was a whole month dedicated to being awareness to Women's Health. But the more I thought about it the more I realized how important it is.
Well, I had a nasty little scare a few years ago after my very first visit to the "lady doctor" as I like to call it. It was the summer of 2007 and I was home from my first year away at college. And because I was 18 my Mom said it would be a good idea to go ahead and start having my yearly exam. I had met the doctor a few times, because my Mom wanted me to be as comfortable as possible when it was actually my time to have my first appointment. Still though it was super uncomfortable and scary. But I survived the actual exam like hundreds of thousands of women before me. And my doctor made me feel 100% comfortable. (In fact each of the 4 doctors I've had, from El Paso, to Orlando, to Houston have been fantastic!)
What I wasn't expecting was a call from said doctor that I had abnormal test results. (I'll never forget the actual date, 7/21/07, because it was the day that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out) Now I'm not going to go into any details because it's not something that I feel comfortable fully sharing here. But I will tell you that the next few months were the some of the scariest of my life. I was a nervous wreck as more test were done. Thankfully everything turned out all right. But just the idea that my situation could have been worse is terrifying. Even to this day.
More than anything it made me so grateful to my Mom for making me go for my yearly exam at the age of 18. Now no matter what city I'm living in I make sure to have my yearly exam. And so should you.
I cannot stress enough how important it is to stay on top of your health ladies. It is not something you want to mess with.
The friendly people over at Oscar Insurance have provided me with this very helpful info graphic that gives you a helpful reminder as to at what age you should get specific screenings. If you're interested Oscar provides health insurance in New York and New Jersey, moving into California and Texas soon, with a handful of tools to make healthcare a simple, stress-free process. Be sure to check out more on their healthcare plans here.
I've have a bunch of friends and family members who avoided major health problems because they made sure to get the proper screenings at the proper age, myself included!
In case you don't want to read the entire info graphic here are the highlights for women between the ages of 20-35 (because I feel like that is the key age group of women who read this blog) here are the basic highlights:
1. Start going for your yearly exam in your 20s (earlier if you become sexually active or just want to be safe like me). At this exam your doctor will check your blood pressure, weight, etc. And then give you a basic check up (including feeling your boobs for you!).
2. Keep yourself aware of your own body and visit a doctor if you notice any irregularities.
3. Be sure to schedule your appoints every year. Or as suggested by your doctor. Most insurances will cover your yearly exam, also known as your "Well Woman" exam. If not then usually the most you'll have to pay is your co-pay. (That's what I had to do in Florida).
That is basically it y'all. It's actually really easy to stay on top of and is something that you should definitely put at the top of your to-do list if you haven't already.
I know I'm super glad I did and still do stay on top of my health. And you will be too.