GREENVILLE, Miss.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--National Women’s Health Week, May 12-18, highlights the need for women to take control of their health and understand the changes that their bodies undergo as they mature through the reproductive and post-reproductive years.
“Each stage of a woman’s journey involves new and different physical and emotional health issues. Women have different needs at 20, 30, 40, 50, and 60+, so it’s important to develop a health strategy for each phase,” says Lakeisha Richardson, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. OB/GYN. “Embrace the changes in all stages, and don’t be afraid to explore solutions to address specific health challenges.”
Below are Dr. Lakeisha’s top 10 tips to optimize health at different ages and stages:
- Find the right doc for you. Find an OB/GYN or medical professional you relate to, someone you can talk to about anything and everything.
- Stay on top of things. Get your mammogram, pap smear, and a colonoscopy regularly- and ask your doc when you need each.
- Be in the know when trying to conceive. Learn your ovulation cycle by tracking it, or try a First Response Ovulation Test Kit to identify your fertile window. Start taking prenatal vitamins and vitamin B6 right away. vitafusion makes an easy-to-take Prenatal and B6 gummy vitamin supplement. Or, ask your doctor about OB Complete, a prescription prenatal that contains 1000 mcg Folic acid to help reduce the risk of birth defects of the brain and spinal cord.
- Maintain a healthy vaginal pH. An unbalanced pH is common from triggers like menstruation, sex, douching without balancing pH afterwards, and hormone fluctuations during pregnancy or menopause. I recommend a pH-balancing gel like RepHresh to normalize pH. Many women also mistake BV for yeast infections. But be aware, if you take antibiotics for BV, it can lead to a yeast infection, and the uncomfortable cycle begins again. So, take RepHresh Pro-B, a vaginal probiotic to balance yeast and bacteria daily.
- Menopause and sexuality. Put your sex life on the front burner again; it’s vital for health, happiness, and maintaining an engaged relationship. If your sex life is waning because of dryness or pain, the fix is often as easy as visiting the drug store for Replens Vaginal Moisturizer to provide relief from internal dryness for three days and Replens Silky Smooth, a preservative-free silicone lube used just before sex to avoid abrasion and ease comfort.
- Exercise regularly. Regular, moderate-to-vigorous exercise can help prevent or delay the onset of heart disease, hypertension, obesity and osteoporosis. Over time, regular exercising can help to increase motion in joints, reduce weight, and improve self-esteem. Protective gear like Wellgate’s wrist support can help prevent stress fractures during exercise.
- Check those bones. Get a bone density test to determine bone health and use regular weight-bearing exercises to improve balance and strength. vitafusion’s Calcium and Vitamin D3 are great for bone and immune support when a blood or saliva test indicate a supplement is necessary.
- Get plenty of vitamin D. Enjoying 15 minutes of exposure to natural sunlight daily is important for nutrition and essential for mental health, bone density, vitamin D production and other health benefits. Ask your doctor to check your vitamin D level and take a vitamin D3 supplement if it’s too low.
- Try to relax more. We all can become super-stressed, no matter what stage of life. Women who are stressed often feel tired, worried, depressed or anxious. Be sure to get a good night’s sleep, breathe, and take time for yourself.
- Strengthen those pelvic floor muscles. If at any stage from post-partum through menopause you find yourself suffering from unexpected urine or bowel leakage when you laugh, sneeze, cough or run, there’s a new FDA cleared pelvic floor strengthening device called Attain. It allows you to self-treat and exercise the pelvic floor in the privacy of home, reducing or eliminating the need for pads, pills or surgery.