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International Women’s Day: Navigating Women’s Health at All Ages and Life Stages

In celebration of International Women’s Day, let’s emphasize the importance of women taking charge of their well-being and embracing self-care at every life stage. Fast-paced as life may be, women around the world can make informed health choices to establish a foundation for a long and healthy life. Dr. Allyson Brooks, F.A.C.O.G., the Ginny Ueberroth Executive Medical Director Endowed Chair at Hoag’s Women’s Health Institute, leads the charge in placing Hoag at the forefront of women’s health.

“Beginning with a nutritious diet, maintaining an active lifestyle, and scheduling regular check-ups with your doctor are excellent foundational steps for women at every stage,” remarked Dr. Brooks. “Hoag is committed to assisting you in making informed choices regarding your health, ensuring a pathway to a vibrant and healthy life.”
The outline below helps women navigate each decade.

Teens: Changes come quickly during this exciting stage of life. Remain current with immunizations and see a doctor regularly.

  • Schedule an appointment with your pediatrician or primary care doctor to learn more about adolescence, healthy behaviors and relationships, physical and emotional changes.
  • Choose one of Hoag’s expert gynecologists for annual exams.
  • Engage in healthy eating, adequate sleep, appropriate screen time and remain physically active.
  • Ask your doctor how to do a breast self-exam.
  • Get screened for sexually transmitted infections.

The 20s: Lay the foundation for a long, health life today. Your Hoag primary care physician and gynecologists are your wellness partners.

  • Schedule annual well-woman visits and physical exams.
  • Ask your doctor about contraception options, fertility and sexual health.
  • Start or continue monthly breast self-exams.
  • Check your skin regularly for changes.
  • Learn about your family history and seek guidance about genetic counseling if you have concerns or questions.
  • Seek professional help for unusual stress, depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions.
  • Stay up to date on vaccinations and health screenings.

Your 30s: During this busy phase, manage stress related to the demands of work and family life including sleep hygiene, meditation and mindfulness into your daily practice.

  • Continue your well-woman visits and annual physical exams.
  • Ask your doctor about contraceptive options, fertility and sexual health.
  • Get help for stress, depression, “baby blues” and other mental health conditions.
  • Ask your doctor about maintaining bone strength and preventing bone loss.
  • Continue monthly breast self-exams.
  • Check your skin for changes.
  • Stay up to date on vaccinations and screenings.

It’s the 40s: Shed unhealthy habits and take charge of your wellness. This is a critical phase of life for preventative health. Remember to book your cancer screenings, vaccines and other screenings.

  • Schedule a mammogram.
  • Get help for stress, depression and other mental health conditions.
  • Discuss perimenopause and menopause symptoms and therapies with your doctor.
  • Recommendations to help reduce the risk and live a happier, healthier life.
  • Elevate the standard of care for those who have tested positive for a genetic mutation.
  • Check your skin for changes.
  • Screening colonoscopy is recommended beginning at age 45 to minimize risk of colon cancer.

50s & 60s: Getting serious about health care screenings. Maintaining your health and quality of life means keeping up with screenings, vaccines and annual exams.

  • Discuss menopause symptoms and therapies with your doctor.
  • Ask your doctor about bone density screenings.
  • Maintain your mammogram and annual screenings.
  • Talk to your doctor about mood changes or memory loss.
  • Reach out to a Hoag urogynecologist or pelvic floor physical therapist if you have concerns about pelvic floor health (pain, prolapse, incontinence).

70 and sensational: More people are living longer, healthier lives today than ever before. Hoag can help you maintain a high quality of life so you can enjoy your active lifestyle.

  • Talk with your doctor about any new symptoms, medications or medication side effects.
  • Remain socially and physically active.
  • Follow doctors’ recommendations for screenings, medications and treatments.
  • Know the results of your lipid blood panel.

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