Contraception continues to be the key concern in women of this age-group (and let’s face it, a woman has to be aware of contraception for over 30 years of her life!).
Your 20s is a joyous time. Beautifully synchronized, your hormones keep you vibrant, healthy and ready to reproduce. Socially you have fun, focus on your looks, get an education, find a great job, buy fancy clothes, join a health club and become buff. You do whatever it takes to become attractive to the opposite sex. Fertility is at its peak in 20s.
Women, by nature, are made to be strong and resilient. These attributes are necessary components to enable them to bear and raise children. Women’s bodies have been created to be healthy and in harmony and balance.
The great health that a woman enjoys during her 20s is due to the fact that your hormones are watching over you. They have created a protective bubble around you. You have a goal: the perpetuation of the Human Species - to fulfill and your hormones will make sure you achieve it.
From age 25 on, every woman should make sure she has a regular smear test. For women aged 25 – 44, the appropriate screening interval is every 3 years. It could save your life as it aims to pick up changes of your cervix before they become cancerous, allowing for earlier treatment.
As far as osteoporosis is concerned, maximum bone density is reached in the late 20s to early 30s so exercise and a healthy diet including foods containing calcium such as milk and cheese are important.
With career taking a front seat, invariably couples defer child birth. The ideal time to plan for a pregnancy should be preferably before 30 years of age. See your Doctor for pre-marital and/or pre-conceptional counseling.
A Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) is an infection you can get by having sex. Some STIs (such as gonorrhea and chlamydia) infect your sexual and reproductive organs. STDs are more than just an embarrassment. They're a serious health problem. If untreated, some STDs can cause permanent damage, such as infertility (the inability to have a baby) and even death (in the case of HIV/AIDS).
As with many other diseases, prevention is the key. It's much easier to prevent STDs than to treat them. The only way to completely prevent STDs is to abstain from all types of sexual contact. If someone is going to have sex, the best way to reduce the chance of getting an STD is by using a condom every time.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Because HPV can cause serious problems such as genital warts and some kinds of cancer, a vaccine is an important step in preventing infection and protecting against the spread of HPV.
|Blood Pressure||Get tested every two years if you have normal blood pressure (lower than 120/80), once a year if you have blood pressure between 120/80 and 140/90. Discuss treatment with your doctor or nurse if you have blood pressure 140/90 or higher.|
|Cervical Cancer||Commonly known as Pap test. Get a Pap test every 3 years if you‘re sexually active|
|Chlamydia||Get tested for Chlamydia yearly if you are sexually active.|
|Cholesterol||Get a cholesterol test regularly if you are at increased risk for heart disease. Ask your doctor or nurse how often you need your cholesterol tested.|
|Diabetes||Get screened for diabetes if your blood pressure is higher than 135/80 or if you take medicine for high blood pressure.|
|Gonorrhea||Get tested for Gonorrhea if you are sexually active and at increased risk, pregnant or not pregnant.|
|HIV test||Get tested if you are at increased risk for HIV. Discuss your risk with your doctor or nurse. All pregnant women need to be tested for HIV.|
|Syphilis test||Get tested for syphilis if you are at increased risk or pregnant.|
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