It's another beautiful day to learn and educate each other. What do you normally read about? I love fashion magazines, travel, architecture and women's health. Today we will be focusing on women's health and some of the test I personally recommend that you take ASAP if you are in your 20s. This is something I have been wanting to discuss as it concerns me as well. We have already discussed how to recognize some of the changes that occur in our body. But today I wanted us to tap into the health aspect of things. PS :I'm not a health professional so if you have any questions regards your health, contact your general physician.
Women have unique health issues. And some of the health issues that affect both men and women can affect women differently. Specifically sexual health, sometimes we see symptoms before men do because we have an opening .
The question is:
How many times to you do screening or visit a doctor about any weird occurrence in your body? Do you take doctor's advise seriously? Are you following the necessary precautions to prevent certain illness from happening? How well do you know your body ?
Cervical cancer screening is usually part of women's health check up. There are two types of tests: the Pap test and the HPV test. HPV is a virus that spreads through sexual contact. It can sometimes lead to cancer. If your screening tests are abnormal, your doctor may do more tests, such as a biopsy .If not treated, these abnormal cells could lead to cervical cancer . HPV test looks for HPV in cervical cells. Most women 21 to 65 years old need to get Pap tests or a Pap test and HPV test together.
How scary is it to know that a single STI can cause cancer? Know your partner's sexual health status or use protection during sexual intercourse or better still abstain .
A Pap test can save your life. It can find cervical cancer cells early. The chance of successful treatment of cervical cancer is very high if the disease is caught early. Pap tests can also find abnormal cervical cells before they become cancer (precancerous). Removing these precancerous prevents cervical cancer over 95% of the time.
An HPV test can give your doctor more information about the cells from your cervix. For instance, if the Pap test shows abnormal cervical cells, the HPV test can show whether you have a type of HPV that causes cervical cancer.
When should you get the test?
Even if you are not currently sexually active, got the HPV vaccine, or have gone through menopause, you still need regular Pap tests. Experts recommend but please verify with your doctor for more accurate scheduling for those tests:
* Women 21–29 get a Pap test every 3 years
* Women 30–65 get:
* A Pap test every 3 years, or
* An HPV test every 5 years
Knowing your body and changes that occur is very important. There are many things you can personally do also to prevent so be SMART ! !!
I hope you enjoyed reading this , until next time..
Love , Willie 💞