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What women should ask doctors
in their 20s, 30s, 40s & 50s.

PART 1

5 min read

It is all up to us, the consumers, to take charge of our health. It’s almost like voting, it is your responsibility. One of the best reforms of healthcare is it starts to emphasise prevention before there is a need to find cure. 

Your doctor is obviously the first person you should consult to better understand preventive healthcare. Here is a list of things you should keep in mind, so you can make the most out of your next health checkup. 

IN YOUR 20s

Menstrual Health

If at all, you are a woman who faces the torment of irregular period, please ask your doctor about it. Women can have irregular periods due to many factors. Some of them may include stress, very low or very high body weight, not eating enough calories, and hypothyroidism.

Meanwhile, also learn about safe sex to avoid Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).

PCOS

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a condition that affects hormonal levels in women. Women with PCOS produce excessive amounts of male hormones. This imbalance can cause them to skip their period and also make pregnancy harder for them. 

The first sign of PCOS is obviously irregular periods, but apart from that it can also result in weight gain, thinning hair, and excessive hair growth usually on face, chest or back. Have a conversation about PCOS with your doctor. PCOS can not be eliminated or fully cured, but there are ways you can decrease or eliminate symptoms and feel better.

Skincare

Living in a city can come with its own set of pros and cons. Your 20s is the time you especially take care of your skin. What you do in your 20s can affect your 30s, 40s, and so on. Ask your doctor about ways you can do that. You may focus on a healthy diet, regular exercise, and constant hydration. 

Body tanning is being seen as a trending vogue, however it may not always be good for your skin. Apply a safe and good quality sunscreen to avoid sunburn. 

Mental Health

It is important to know what you are at the risk of. Some mental health issues are biological. Say you have a parent or sibling dealing with schizophrenia, chances are you might acquire it too. The type of parenting you had as a child can really affect the way you cope with the new challenges as you launch into adulthood. 

Do not wait on getting treatment. We are moving towards preventive physical healthcare but with mental health, we are not quite there.

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IN YOUR 30s

Fertility

This can generally be the time most women try to get pregnant. There is a certain reduction in fertility when you enter your 30s. Ask your doctor questions like “How do I maintain my fertility?” and “What are the risks I might have to face if I get pregnant?” 

It is always better to have a good idea of the result before you start to lead to it. 

Stress

Being at an all time high in your career is a happy news. However, it may lead you to feel more stressed and it is independent of the fact if you are in love with your work or not. Stress is a completely natural human emotion so do not expect it to vanish. However, you can ask your doctor about the various ways you can manage it. 

Weight

It can particularly be the time you start paying attention to the weighing scales. Because being overweight can increase the risk of many heart diseases later in life. Talk to your doctor during your next visit and ask him/her about the ways you can avoid putting on weight, especially after childbirth. Even though there can be exceptions, most women still need to supplement their diet with the right vitamins to fulfil their nutritional needs.

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Bone Health

As we grow older and enter our 30s, it is imperative to lose bone mass that can result in weaker bones. Especially for women, it is recommended to supplement their diet with enough calcium to avoid osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition in which your bones become porous thus making them more prone to fractures. 

Ask your doctor about the importance of a Calcium supplement and include it in your daily diet. 

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