Understanding Your Reproductive Health


“ A woman’s reproductive health involves the whole cycle that regulates menstruation, fertility, menopause as well as the sex drive. Having a healthy reproductive system is essential in a woman’s life that is why tests such as pelvic exams, pap smear and screenings for breast cancer is important for a woman to have on a regular basis.”


 

By Carina Crisostomo

The reproductive system of a woman is responsible in what makes women unique and incredible, unfortunately, not everyone is gifted with a healthy one and for those who are, it is important to note, that even though you feel strong and healthy, you as a responsible woman should always practice caution when it comes to your reproductive health, that is why you should always uphold healthy practices and undergo tests and screening to be sure that everything is alright or to detect would be problems at the earliest time possible. Simple ways that you can keep in mind that would help keep your reproductive health at its tiptop shape are enumerated below.

  1. If you are on birth control. Choose wisely. Talk to your doctor. There are many options available; it’s just a matter of choosing what’s right for you and your body.
  2. Regular or not, always track your monthly cycle. In this way, you are able to know your body more. You will be able to distinguish when your cycle begins or what food items help you and what makes menstrual cramps worse during that time of the month. Also, if you have a regular cycle, you will be able to track any changes easily.
  3. Water is the key. Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated keeps your reproductive system healthy. If you have vaginal dryness it could become worse if you are dehydrated.
  4. Have regular check ups. Do not forego going to check ups. Remember, prevention is always better than cure.
  5. Eat healthy, stay away from toxins and exercise regularly. This cannot be emphasized enough.

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Speaking of check ups, there are different kinds of tests a woman should do routinely. Some of which can be read below.


MAMMOGRAM

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This is done to screen for breast cancer. Screening is done every 1-2 years and is highly recommended for women aged 35 or 40 and up.


 

PAP SMEAR

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Is a test for cervical cancer and human papilloma virus infections. This should be done yearly.


 

UTERINE TESTING

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Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) or Sonohysterography (Saline Sono)  –this is done to check the insides of the uterine cavity. It can also give extra information about the fallopian tube.


 

PELVIC ULTRASOUND

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This will show images of the organs and structures in the pelvic area (bladder, uterus, cervix and fallopian tube)


 

TRANSVAGINAL ULTRASOUND

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Trans vaginal ultrasound. It is a pelvic ultrasound that helps the doctor pinpoint any abnormalities in a woman’s reproductive organs, which includes the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, cervix and the vagina.


 

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION

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You may have your doctor perform this for you, or have them teach you on simple ways how you can self-exam yourself example of which is with your breasts, you can check for any early signs of lumps.


 

To know more about your reproductive health, consult your doctor immediately. Remember, our reproductive system is very delicate, having a healthy one is important for women to live healthy and to bring a new healthy being into the world.

 


 

Reference:
  • http://www.hormone.org/diseases-and-conditions/womens-health/womens-reproductive-health
  • http://www.peacefuldumpling.com/7-ways-care-reproductive-health
  • http://www.rmami.com/diagnosis-female-reproductive-medicine-michigan.html

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