Since work has taken center stage in almost all of our lives, women especially find it necessary to stay healthy and fit. Due to the increase in stress and workload, women often cannot find the time for regular checkups. With OB-GYN visits becoming briefer each time, these tips will help ensure a healthier lifestyle for women.
1. Reduce stress
Higher levels of stress are shown to increase the risk of infertility, depression, anxiety, etc. Find a stress reduction method that works for you like dance, reading, or exercise and add it to your daily activities.
2. Stop dieting
Uncontrolled dieting at the expense of everything that you love will only have adverse effects on your health. Moderation is key to ensuring a healthy lifestyle – balance intake of proteins, carbs, fats, and fiber, with your own occasional cheat meals.
3. Control calcium intake
Increased levels of calcium can cause kidney stones and heart disease. Regulate your calcium intake according to requirements through a diet involving sufficient quantities of milk, salmon, and almonds.
4. Cardio and more
Health risks such as cancer, osteoporosis, and diabetes can be managed through an exercise regime that combines cardio with resistance or weight-bearing exercises.
5. Fertility management
Women’s fertility can decline from the age of 32. If planning to have children, it is necessary to contact your doctor and plan your options, such as maybe freezing your eggs.
6. Use birth control
Despite being a hot topic for debate, it cannot be denied that birth control methods, apart from preventing pregnancy, also help reduce the risk of uterine and ovarian cancers as well as regulating your cycle.
7. Regular consultations
It is of paramount importance that women make regular visits to their OB-GYN to check for cervical cancer, STDs, and potential infections. DO NOT skip annual check-ups, especially if you are sexually active.
8. Have good sex
Sex helps mitigate stress and other chronic diseases if you are able to enjoy it. If there is anything preventing you from enjoying sex, such as dryness or pain, consult with your gynecologist to find a solution.
9. Sleep more
Fatigue, restlessness, and inability to concentrate are signs of sleep deprivation. Getting enough sleep also reduces the risk of heart problems and mental illnesses.
10. Consider genetic testing
Screening your family will help doctors identify the risk involved for people with a family history of breast cancer, ovarian cancers, and other chronic diseases.