Healthy Living Tips
Get Routine Exams and Screenings
Routine exams and screenings are typically once a year, depending on your age, health history, lifestyle, and other important issues. You and your health care provider can determine how often you need to be examined and screened for certain diseases and conditions. These include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases, and cancers of the cervix, uterus, breast, and ovary. When problems are found early, your chances for successful treatment and cure are increased. Routine exams and screenings can help save lives.
See Your OB/GYN Annually
A pap smear used to be recommended for women every year. However, the recommendation has recently changed. You should see your provider every year for well-woman care, breast exams and any reproductive health care or information as directed by your provider. If in doubt whether you need to be seen, ask you physician or midwife.
Regular mammograms are the best test providers have to find breast cancer early. Recommendations state women should have mammograms every two years from 40 to 74 years. Talk to your provider if you have any symptoms or changes in your breast or if breast cancer runs in your family. Your provider may recommend that you have mammograms before age 40 or more often than recommended.
Get Immunizations as Recommended
Listed below are vaccinations available with an appointment at Lone Star OB/GYN Associates:
- Influenza Vaccine- Annual vaccination against influenza is recommended for all persons aged 6 months or older. Flu vaccination can help you from getting sick from the influenza virus. Protecting yourself from the flu virus also protects the people around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness. It is recommended for pregnant women to get the annual flu shot.
- Tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Td/Tdap) Vaccine- 1 dose of Tdap vaccine is recommended during each pregnancy (preferably during 27 to 36 weeks' gestation) regardless of interval since last Td or Tdap vaccination. Anyone aged 11 years or older who have not received Tdap vaccine or for whom vaccine status is unknown should receive a dose of Tdap followed by tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) booster doses every 10 years thereafter.
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Gardasil 9® Vaccine- Girls and young women should get the HPV vaccine to prevent cervical, vulvar and vaginal cancer in females. It also prevents anal cancer and genital warts in males and females. Young women can get the HPV vaccine through age 26. HPV vaccines are given as a series of three shots over 6 months to protect against the HPV infection and the health problems that HPV infection can cause.
For a complete schedule of Adult Immunizations that can be administered by your PCP, click HERE.
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