You can see the results of hitting the gym and eating more veggies in the mirror, which keeps you motivated to maintain these smart habits. But sometimes, it’s what you can’t see from the outside that is a better reflection of your true health. That’s why regular visits to your doctor are so important! As National Women’s Health Week comes to a close, schedule your yearly physical (if you haven’t had one recently) and take along this wellness checklist, courtesy of Planned Parenthood, to ensure the appointment covers all your bases.
- Birth Control: Talk to your doc about the best option for you. (Read up here before you go to learn about some of the most effective and popular picks.)
- Breast Cancer Screening: Help detect cancer early, during its most treatable stages.
- Pap Test and HPV Test: Screen for cervical cancer warning signs.
- Pelvic Exam: Help detect signs of infection, protect against infertility and promote safe and healthy pregnancies.
- Pregnancy: If you’re thinking about becoming a mom, discuss pre-pregnancy health and planning for your growing family.
- STDs: Testing protects you and your partners. Should you ask for STD testing? Find out by taking this quiz.
- Etc.: Find out which other screenings (bone health, diabetes, heart health) may be beneficial for you by using the interactive screening tool at womenshealth.gov/whw.
Happy news today in the celebrity world: After years of dealing with fertility issues, Giuliana and Bill Rancic will soon be parents with the help to a surrogate! It’s also National Infertility Awareness Week, a good time to brush up on fertility facts—especially if you’ve got baby making on the brain. See the larger version of this infographic. –>
This item from the April issue of FITNESS answers a key question a lot of women have.
Q “I’m trying to get pregnant. How long should I wait before seeing a specialist?”
A One year if you’re under 35, six months if you’re 35 or older or not having regular menstrual cycles. “Ninety percent of fertile couples will be pregnant within 12 months if they stop using birth control and have sex whenever they want,” says William Schoolcraft, M.D., author of If at First You Don’t Conceive. “If it doesn’t happen within a year, that’s a clue something is up.” Time is the biggest enemy: “After 35, there’s a tick downward in egg quality every six to 12 months,” Dr. Schoolcraft says. So don’t wait too long. Ninety-one percent of couples seeing a fertility specialist say they wish they had gone to one sooner, according to a recent survey.
Merck conducted the survey mentioned. The company recently teamed up with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and today launched fertilityguide.com, as part of their It’s Just a Conversation campaign to get couples talking about infertility. Visit the site to take a fertility knowledge quiz, find a fertility specialist in your area and download a checklist of questions to ask your doctor.
More from FITNESS:
- Fit to Be a Mom? How Exercise Affects Your Fertility
- Can Certain Foods Help Me Get Pregnant?
- Fertility: 8 Myths and Truths
OK, this is funny/interesting, so I had to share. Nearly 70 percent of women are unable to identify the major parts of their lady parts, according to the folks at Summer’s Eve. That stat seems super high to me, so I took their ID the V quiz (Warning: Possibly NSFW, depending on your workplace) to see how I’d do. Rest assured, you’re in the hands of a competent health editor–I got them all right. (Whew!)
How well do you know your body? Let us know in the comments after you take the quiz. No worries if you have some wrong answers. It’s never too late for a little sex ed! Bonus for those who ace it: Summer’s Eve will donate $1 to i am that girl, a nonprofit that helps further women’s empowerment and body awareness.