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At age 40, it’s time to discuss annual mammograms to screen for breast cancer. Your provider will speak to you about your family history and other health factors to determine your risk level and help determine when you should begin mammograms and how often you should get them. We know it’s a scary concept, but these screenings have come a long way! As with most issues, the sooner you can diagnose and treat it, the better your chances are at beating it!
This medical term can feel a bit pre-emptive. We prefer to say “advanced maternal age” for pregnancies in women aged 35 and older. While it highlights the increased risks of complications, we have many obstetrical patients in this age range and healthy pregnancies are possible. We can mitigate many risks with a good preconception plan and skilled prenatal care. It’s important to make and keep your prenatal care appointments. If possible, speak to us early, before conception, so we can review any medications or health issues, provide helpful guidance and form a health plan.
As you entire your midlife years, you may have new mental and physical health concerns. Be mindful of any changes and discuss them with us during your visits. If problems arise (pelvic pain, irregular bleeding, trouble conceiving, unexplainable weight gain, painful sex, etc.) mention it to your provider. Early screenings and interventions can keep issues from growing into serious health problems down the road.