Take these precautions to ward off gynaecological issues:
1 CHECK YOURSELF
‘I encourage women to do vaginal self-exams every three months,’ says obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Elizabeth Stewart. ‘Take note of any bumps, thickened areas or red, inflamed skin.’ Even though these symptoms may not bother you, they could be a sign of sexually transmitted diseases, such as genital warts, herpes or syphilis. If you notice anything unusual, call your gynaecologist.
2 HIT THE GYM
Regularly working up a sweat can lower your chances of developing fibroids, according to a National Institutes of Health study. Exercise lowers oestrogen levels, a factor in fibroid growth. You’ll also have lighter periods, which in turn may protect you from endometriosis. Excessive bleeding may increase the chances that endometrial tissue will spread outside of the uterus.
3 STRENGTHEN YOUR PELVIC FLOOR
Kegel exercises can help to prevent the urinary incontinence brought on by interstitial cystitis. The pelvic floor muscles are the ones you use to stop urinating midstream. Contract for five seconds and relax for five seconds; repeat 30 times a day.