It’s hardly ever talked about, but it’s one of the most important things you can do for your body. By having a healthy reproductive system, you’re not only doing yourself a favor, you’re also doing your future children a favor.
Yeast infections, HPV, HIV, and cervical cancer are just some of the dangers that loom if you don’t get checked regularly. You have to make it a habit.
While you’re using your Christmas bonus to gift-shop, you might as well gift yourself. Here are five things you can do to improve your reproductive health.
1. Pap Smear and Pelvic Exam
Shame on us if we don’t get a yearly pap smear. This test can help catch precancerous or cancerous cells from HPV, a very common virus that affects women and are dormant in men. Cervical vaccination is also a must, especially if you haven’t had any sexual contact.
2. Transvaginal ultrasound
Now we go deeper. Your uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries need to be healthy and cyst-free. If you’ve had pelvic pain or irregular bleeding, you need to get a transvaginal ultrasound to allow the doctor to catch any irregularities in your organs.
3. Mammogram and Breast Ultrasound
There is absolutely no reason for you NOT to get regular mammograms. Even Angelina Jolie has had her breasts removed precisely because of this. Early detection and prevention of cancer has saved lives, and it might save yours too. This isn’t an age thing–women under 40 should get regular breast ultrasounds, and women above 40 should get regular mammograms.
4. Routine Urinalysis
It’s quick, it’s painless, it’s cheap. Urinalysis detects UTI, kidney disease or stones, liver problems, diabetes, endocrine diseases, and bladder cancer. That’s a pretty long list for something as simple as it is! You may seem fine, you may think you’re fine, but as they say, “better safe than sorry.”
5. Switch to a healthier sanitary pad
All those tests won’t mean anything if your monthly routine is subpar. We love Jeunesse Anion–its anion strip feature promises to reduce feminine discomforts like dysmenorrhea, cramps, and icky odor. Jeunesse Anion is available in 5 variants, from panty liner, ultra day pad, ultra day non-wing, ultra night pad, to all night pad–its time to throw out your old ones for these. You’ll be glad you did.
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