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Women's Health Concerns at 20s and 30s

Your 20's is when you are at your physical peak and also when you tend to take your health for granted because you rarely fall sick. You are working hard at your career, partying hard, missing meals and living on junk food. Peer pressure to look slim leads to diet and binge cycles, yet this is the time you need to build a strong foundation for your health for future well being.

Health Concerns: This is the time when you are very active intimately and it'll determine a lot of factors about your reproductive health in the later years. Contraception is important as it enables you to have children when you are ready. Therefore, get correct advice on what best suits you.Others include:

  • Establish a routine of self-breast examination and yearly pap smear. If you are intimate, have you first pap smear done if you haven't.
  • You are exposed to the risks of STDs, so condom is a must if you have more than one partner or if you are not sure of the one you have.
  • Establish good nutritional habits by eating plenty of fruits and green leafy vegetables, whole meal grains, brain storming food foods like oily fish and iron-rich foods like red meat and liver. Plenty of calcium-rich, low fat dairy foods, pulses, nuts and seeds for strong bones are also important.
  • Work out an exercising routine you can stick to. Aim for a minimum of three or more aerobic and strength training sessions a week with free weights to build bone mass and boost you 'bone back' now because you will not get a chance to do this later. the more active you are in your twenties, the higher your bone density in old age. 
In your 30s,  it can be an exhaustive time as you juggle a home, children and career. the demands of a family and career eat into your free time, which translates into less time for exercises. More earning power means you eat out more and have more labor-saving devices such as microwave. Your body is also changing because you lose muscle and your metabolism slows down.

Health Concerns: These are much the same as those in the twenties but with more emphasis on screening for illness, whose risks increase with age. Others include:
  • Contraception remains important.
  • You are at increased risk of stress and depression during your thirties, especially immediately after having your first baby.
  • A regular pap smear, self-breast examination, a breast scan and a clinical breast examination by a doctor should now be routine.
  • Do your first mammogram by the age of 35 if you have a history of breast cancer in the family.
  • For many women, these are childbearing years so, you need plenty of red meat, green leafy vegetable and dairy products well before conception to ensure that your body is packed with nutrients for a healthy baby.
  • Work to keep your weight at a healthy level now rather than have to do so in a few years time.
  • You'll need to work slightly harder to keep in shape as the rate of your metabolism has slowed down and you have lost a certain amount of muscle, which is replaced by fat. Exercise will make you look and feel younger.


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