6 Reasons Not to Skip Women’s Preventative Health Visits

November 2019

Busy schedule? You’ll still want to make room for these important screenings. Here’s why.

This article contains reasons not to skip women’s preventative health visits.Annual wellness exams are an essential way to stay on top of your health. But if preventative health screenings don't seem like a pressing need, you may let them fall off your radar while you focus on other things in your busy life. There are compelling reasons to keep these visits on your radar each year, though!

Here are six of these important reasons not to skip women’s preventative health visits:

  1. Detect potential issues early
  2. Discuss questions and concerns
  3. Maintain a relationship with your women’s health provider
  4. Stay on track with lifestyle changes
  5. Alleviate stress and worry
  6. Helps prepare you for pregnancy

Keep reading to learn more about these reasons to schedule your preventative health visits.

Detect potential issues early

Early detection, of course, is the most crucial reason to keep up with your preventative health screenings. Generally, the earlier you catch a health problem, the easier it is to treat. Regular preventative health visits can help you track changes in your body, report symptoms, and get tests to identify any issues that aren’t symptomatic yet. When it comes to women’s health screenings, mammograms and pap smears can catch some female cancers in an early stage when they’re easier to treat. As part of a general physical, blood pressure, BMI, and cholesterol tests can expose warning signs of heart disease or other health concerns.

Discuss questions and concerns

If you’re due for preventative health screenings, be sure to schedule an appointment with your women’s health clinic.When it comes to health, the internet is usually not your best friend. Online search results won’t give you individualized answers for your health history and situation—only a trained women’s health provider can. Regular visits offer the chance to get trustworthy information and answers about changes in your body like a new lump, body aches, irregular bleeding, weight gain or loss, fatigue or mood changes, and so on.

Are you embarrassed to ask your provider about something? Check out five tips for discussing sensitive topics with your doctor to help you get the answers you need.

Maintain a relationship with your women’s health provider

You don’t just have to go to the doctor when something is wrong. Preventative screenings keep the connection and line of communication open, so you feel confident and comfortable about getting in touch when the need arises. At our clinic, we appreciate the chance to cultivate these ongoing relationships with patients – and many women say they look forward to coming to see us year after year.

If you don’t yet have a relationship with a provider you can trust, read this article on how to choose a new women’s health doctor.

Stay on track with lifestyle changes

When it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, preventative health visits can help ensure you’re getting advice about the proper exercise, sleep, and nutrition for your stage of life. These appointments also let you monitor your progress in these areas. For example, if you’re working to lower your blood pressure or lose weight, regular visits will establish a record of those changes.

Alleviate stress and worry

We’ve all had that niggling thought in the back of our mind: “What if something’s wrong and I don’t even know it?” Preventative health screenings take a lot of that stress away because you get to stay informed about your health and renew your confidence about facing challenges when they arise.

Are you a worrier? Check out six stress management techniques you may want to try.  

Prepare yourself for pregnancy

If pregnancy is one of your future goals, ensuring that you stay up-to-date on preventative health screenings is even more critical. While some think that they only need to visit a women’s health provider after they get pregnant, it’s more beneficial to make a preconception appointment even before you start trying. Ensuring your body is in optimal condition for pregnancy can help ensure the safety of you and your baby.

Find out what you can expect from a preconception consultation here.

To schedule your preventative health screenings, call 920.885.6090 or contact us online today.

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