A woman goes through many different stages in life. One of the most confusing is what happens to her body when she first reaches childbearing age. If you’re a young woman experiencing your first menstrual cycle, there are some things you can do early on to protect your reproductive and gynecological health. Engaging in these activities helps prevent the likelihood of unplanned pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, and other issues that could alter the course of your life quickly.
Here are five healthy habits to start once you’ve become childbearing age:
- Schedule regular appointments with a gynecologist. Go in for exams, keep scheduled appointments, and do what your doctor has asked you to do. Be open to receiving regular medical care. It helps protect your health and preserve your overall well-being.
- Consider the different forms of birth control available and start using them. Determine which option is right for you. Condoms are not 100% effective against pregnancy. A birth control pill does not prevent sexually transmitted diseases. The best protection is both condoms and birth control pills.
- Be open and honest about your sexual activity with medical professionals. If you don’t tell your gynecologist the truth, he or she may miss a symptom that needs an immediate diagnosis. This can negatively impact your health. If you’re uncomfortable with the idea of sharing your sexual history with a medical professional, choose one that you have built a rapport with so it feels like you’re talking to a trusted friend opposed to your gynecologist.
- Do your part to prevent diseases. Exercise caution with every sexual partner you have. Get tested for STDs together. Have them use protection no matter what they tell you about their past and current medical condition.
- Share what you’ve learned with your peers so that they, too, feel comfortable with their bodies from an early age. Help others feel comfortable about the changes they’re experiencing. Share what you know with your friends who are also childbearing age. Read up on the subject and advocate for the reproductive rights of young people. It’s important to be the voice of reason when other people shame and condemn.
Now that you’re old enough to have children, it’s time for you to start taking charge of your reproductive and gynecological health. By exercising the five habits listed above, you’re putting your physical health, emotional well-being, and needs first. The sooner you start making visits to your gynecologist regularly, the better. After all, she is your first line of defense against disease and dysfunctions.