Health Matters to Address in Your 40s
At River Oaks Gynecology and Aesthetics, we are committed to helping women live their best and healthiest lives. Our education and experience have taught us that women’s health needs can change decade by decade, even year by year. Here, we discuss the common health issues that women may face in their 40s and what they can do to promote ongoing vitality.
Women of all ages should schedule regular appointments with their primary care physician and their gynecologist. Additionally, as you will see as you read the following list, you will see that it may be beneficial to bring other specialists on board.
- Unintended pregnancy. During a woman’s 40s, she may be more inclined to learn about her changing hormones and what she can do about the hot flashes and mood swings that have begun to disrupt her life. Contraception is an important aspect of wellness that mustn’t be overlooked during this decade. You’d be surprised how many unexpected pregnancies doctors see at this stage of life. If you’re not hoping to add to your family, talk with your gynecologist about the form of birth control that best fits your lifestyle.
- Increased health risks. As women age, their risk for various health conditions increases. Examples include breast and colon cancer, skin cancer, and diabetes. Regular screenings for each of these conditions is a must for early detection and proper treatment if needed.
- Deteriorating vision. If you are in your 40s and have not begun seeing an ophthalmologist regularly, now is a great time to start. Many adults begin to have difficulty reading fine print during their 40s due to changes in the eyes’ lenses. Other conditions, such as dry eye syndrome, are more prevalent starting at middle-age.
- Changes in bone density. Women are especially vulnerable to bone deterioration as they age. Supplementation and exercise may change over time to support healthy, happy bones. Talk to your doctor about your need for calcium, vitamin D, or other supplements as well as bone density screenings.
- Vaginal atrophy. With so much focus on the transition into menopause during your 40s, you may not catch the subtle changes that may affect your intimate wellness. The loss of collagen and elastin that occurs with age doesn’t affect only the skin, it also affects the vaginal lining. Vaginal atrophy can cause dryness that makes sexual intercourse painful. It can also increase the risk of urinary tract infections and vaginosis.
Health is a matter of importance at every age. Your gynecologist can see you through your current life stage with necessary screenings, nutritional advice, and a wellness plan designed just for you. To schedule a visit to our Houston office, call 713.955.6560.