At Avant Gynecology, we are committed to ensuring you are healthy, no matter your age. That being said, age plays a major role in which health issues you face. That’s why we’ve developed a blog series focusing on the different phases of a woman’s life and the health concerns they might encounter.
To start, we’re diving into the most common health issues women face in their 20s. If you are currently of that age or know someone who is, keep reading below.
Common Health Problems You Might Face in Your 20’s
The key to being a healthy 20-something? Be proactive about your health! This is the best time in your life to be prepared and to set yourself up for success in the future by making wise decisions today.
- Melanoma and Skin Cancer: Especially if you spent your childhood running around outside and soaking up the sun, melanoma is a huge risk you need to watch out for in your 20s. Start setting up yearly skin checks with your dermatologist to keep an eye on spots that could be melanoma. Additionally, do monthly checks on your own. Look for changing moles or weird spots on your skin. Plus, protect yourself now by applying sunscreen every day.
- Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs): Statistics show that those in their 20’s are most at risk of getting STIs. In fact, one in two sexually active people will catch one before they’re 25. If you are sexually active, you need to plan for regular visits to your gynecologist to test for STIs, including having a pap smear. In addition, practice safe sex by using condoms if you are unsure if your partner has been tested themselves.
- Diabetes: If you spend your 20’s not eating healthy and not exercising, then you are putting yourself at major risk for developing diabetes. This chronic disease would absolutely change your life, so do your best to set up healthy habits now. Eat more lean protein, fruits and veggies, and whole grains versus processed food or red meat. Exercise regularly. If you’re just starting out, find a sport or activity that you enjoy that keeps you active. That could be dancing, hiking, swimming, or more. Whatever you do, make sure it gets you up on your feet and moving.
- Mental Health Issues: While many people think being in your 20’s is one of the best times of your life, it can also be one of the most stressful and mentally challenging. Because of this, anxiety and depression are an extremely common illness many people in their 20s face. If you are already experiencing mental health issues, know you’re not alone and there are ways to help. Talk with your general practitioner about what you’re feeling to see if a referral to a psychologist or psychiatrist is right for you.
It’s important to note that this list is just a starting point for ensuring you’re as healthy as possible in this phase of life. Develop a close relationship with your general practitioner and/or gynecologist to ensure you’ve set up a wellness plan that’s right for you. If you’re in need of guidance on common health issues women face in their 20s, reach out to the experts at Avant Gynecology by clicking here or by giving us a call at 404-352-2850.