The importance of women's health checkups

One of the best things you can do for yourself and your health is to keep up on preventative care -- doctor's appointments, yearly exams, wellness checkups, etc. Preventative care allows you to know where you're at with your health, every step of the way. 

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Cervical cancer: warning signs & essential screenings

Pre-cancer and cervical cancer warning signs are always easiest to treat when spotted early before they’ve had a chance to spread and grow.

According to the American Cancer Society, in 2021, around 15,000 women in the United States were diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer, and some of those cases are tied to human papillomavirus, also known as HPV.

Keep reading to learn about how to prevent cervical cancer, why you should get the HPV vaccine, and which regular screenings help spot pre-cancers.

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What to expect during a high-risk pregnancy

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This article is part of the Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy.

OB/GYN doctors will classify a pregnancy as high-risk when pregnancy problems and atypical complications threaten a mother, her baby, or both before, during, or after delivery.

Here, in the United States, one in ten pregnancies is classified as high-risk.

It’s common to have questions if you have a high-risk pregnancy. Keep reading to learn more about how to have a healthy pregnancy, understand which risk factors associated with high-risk pregnancies, and find out more about things you can do to prevent problems and take care of yourself and your baby.

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Why breast self-exams are important (and how to do them)

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When it comes to early detection, regularly examining how your breasts look and feel for abnormalities is crucial. In fact, women often discover many problems themselves first. And, the earlier you find breast cancer, the better!

In addition to going for mammograms and annual check-ups, experts recommend that all adult women—beginning at age 18—perform monthly breast self-exams to check for lumps and other changes that might indicate the presence of breast cancer.

Continue the practice of giving yourself a breast self-exam throughout your life, even during pregnancy and after you go through menopause. Performing breast self-exams on a set, regular schedule will help you notice when things don’t look or feel quite right.

Keep reading to learn more about the importance of breast self-exams and what to look out for.

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