In addition to providing high-quality obstetric care, Dr. Alqulali and the staff at Infinity Medical Group are here for all your regular healthcare needs- no matter what your age. We treat patients for regular gynecological care and as part of that care, we stress the importance of things like regular checkups, preventative screenings, and vaccinations to protect your health at every stage- beginning in your 20s and 30s.
Taking Care of Yourself in your 20s and 30s
If you’re a patient in this demographic, you should have an annual pelvic exam each year. Dr. Alqulali recommends that patients get a pap smear every year, but the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology says patients should have a pap smear at least once every three years. This is to check for abnormal cervical cells that might indicate a more serious health condition, like cervical cancer or the human papillomavirus, or HPV. It is recommended that patients also have an annual screening for sexually transmitted disease if they are sexually active.
Patients are encouraged to make sure they are up to date on their vaccinations, and follow recommended vaccination schedules for boosters.
It is also important that women get their cholesterol and blood pressure checked at regular intervals beginning at age 35 to ensure their hearts are healthy.
Taking the time to have regular health screenings protects your health and minimizes the risk of further complications.
Other Health Considerations
Behavioral choices can factor in health, so it is important to discuss things like diet and exercise with your doctor. Smoking and alcohol consumption also impact your health today, and your long-term health, so it is important to share your honest consumption with your physician during checkups.
Stress also has negative health impacts, so patients should discuss their emotional health with their doctor, too.
Preparing for Pregnancy
Planning a family is often something that patients should think about in these age groups. Many women consult with their doctors about getting pregnant and how to have a healthy pregnancy. This is especially important for patients who may have health conditions that would impact their pregnancy. Some patients also find that they have difficulty getting pregnant and can benefit from infertility counseling.
Make your appointment with Dr. Alqulali today at 888.716.0559.