We all know the feeling of going through a doctor’s appointment with questions in our heads and when the time comes to actually ask them, we get flustered and it goes downhill from there. Or with many women’s health clinics, the doctor seems rushed and in a hurry to move on to the next appointment, so you never ask at all. With West Valley Med in Peoria, we want to know that we’re here to answer as many questions as you have, no matter how long it takes. And we’ll go one step further. Here are some questions we feel it’s important for women to ask their doctors in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s.
Questions to Ask in Your 20s
At this age, you may be thinking there aren’t any issues to worry about, it’s too early for breast cancer, I feel great, and my family is healthy. But here is what the doctors from our women’s health clinic think you should ask us.
- Am I at risk for PCOS? A hormonal endocrine disorder, polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, occurs when women have enlarged ovaries, infrequent or prolonged periods, hair growth, acne, or have trouble maintaining their weight. If you are thinking about starting a family one day, ask about this disorder early as it can affect long-term fertility.
- Can I get my hormones checked? Many issues, if they are caught early, can be treated without causing any major issues. One way to determine if there are hormonal problems is to have them checked. If you have been struggling with keeping your energy up, if you have gained weight, or notice a change in your sex drive, visit our women’s health clinic for a test. A quick blood draw or saliva swab is all it takes.
Questions to Ask in Your 30s
You may be noticing a variety of changes in your body when you reach your 30s, so it’s important to make sure the changes are part of the normal aging process, and not anything else.
- How is my digestive health? Not the most pleasant topic to be talking about with an almost stranger, but we can assure you, we’re used to it. As much as you don’t want to, it’s time to cut back on the processed foods so that symptoms like reflux, constipation, and bloating don’t develop.
- Do I have nutritional deficiencies? Your women’s health clinic doctor may ask you if you’re taking a daily vitamin supplement. Women have a tendency to have low amounts of vitamin D and iron, and the deficiency may only increase with age. Watch out for osteomalacia or anemia if you aren’t getting enough vitamin D or iron. Keep on eye on B and E vitamins and magnesium as well.
Questions to Ask in Your 40s
Now is the time to watch out for common health threats that can plague women when they aren’t caught early. By now you know how to take care of your body and may have an idea of what to expect in the future, but it’s still important to ask questions at our women’s health clinic.
- How are my estrogen and progesterone levels? These hormones are essential for any women’s health. Estrogen declines as women age and it’s important to be sure the levels aren’t too high or too low. This can help prevent cancer and diseases that women face. Along with estrogen, progesterone and testosterone should also be monitored.
- When do I get a mammogram? Even if your family doesn’t have a history of breast cancer, regular baseline mammograms should be scheduled in your 40s. If there aren’t any signs, they can be continued every two to three years.
Questions to Ask in Your 50s
There is a lot of information out there about women’s health in their 50s, but it’s important to have a conversation with a doctor about your health at this point.
- Should I get a bone scan? Osteoporosis is a condition that affects a significant amount of women across the US that causes our bones to become brittle. By scheduling a bone scan, you can prevent issues that may arise later on. Talk with our women’s health clinic doctors about how often you should have a scan and start lifting weights to help boost bone health.
- Why am I gaining weight? Menopause might be settling in, which causes the ovaries to stop producing estrogen. Along with poor sleep and hot flashes, you may notice that you are gaining weight. West Valley Med often works with women to create a plan to maintain their weight.
It may seem overwhelming at first, but not all of these conversations will happen at once. We understand that women’s health can be scary, but you can be confident that our women’s health clinic will always be there for you to answer any and all of your questions. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.