May 4, 2021
Are you up to date on routine exams and screenings? Many women have put off routine health visits and screenings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The focus of this National Women’s Health Week (NWHW), May 9 – 15, 2021, is to remind women that these appointments are vital for helping them maintain healthy lifestyles, identify issues early, and hopefully avoid serious health risks. In honor of National Women’s Checkup Day, May 10, 2021 and NWHW, the FDA Office of Women’s Health (OWH) encourages you to Take Time to Care, TODAY.
Check out these top five tips to #KNOWHmore about prioritizing your health.
1. Act now
CDC reported in June 2020 that an estimated 4 in 10 U.S. adults had delayed or avoided medical care due to concerns about COVID-19https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6936a4.htm. Finding the time to schedule your annual checkup can be challenging, but don’t wait. Take Time to Care, TODAY.
2. Plan your checkup
Talk with your healthcare provider today to learn about and schedule your annual checkup. Routine checkups are an important part of preventative care and can help you get the answers and support you need to help manage your health throughout the year.
3. Remember other health visits, exams, and screenings
Wondering if it’s time for you to get a mammogram? Pap smear? Colonoscopy? There may be other health visits, exams, and screenings you need depending on what stage of life you’re in. During your annual checkup, talk with your healthcare provider about other exams and screenings you may need to support your health.
4. Be prepared
Your healthcare provider may ask you questions during your annual checkup about your health history, current lifestyle, medication use, and more. Ask your healthcare provider what you need to bring to your checkup when scheduling it. Make sure you bring the information you need to have these important conversations during your visit. You can also prepare a list of questions you may want to ask to ensure you have all the information you need to make the best health decisions for yourself after your visit.
5. Care for your "whole" self
In addition to getting up to date on exams you may need, there are many other ways you can support your physical, mental, and emotional health and wellbeing today, and throughout the year. The FDA OWH has many health resources to answer your questions, inform your decisions, and support conversations with your healthcare provider.
This NWHW, the FDA OWH encourages all women to #KNOWHmore about a variety of health topics that can help them maintain a lifetime of healthy habits. Put your health first and Take Time to Care, TODAY.
Check out these FDA OWH resources for yourself and to share with other women in your life:
- Maternal Health: Pregnancy Resources, Breast Pumps and Breastfeeding, Birth Control
- Women’s Wellness: Women & Diabetes, Heart Health for Women, Medication Safety for Women, Cosmetic Safety
- COVID-19: COVID-19 Vaccine Information, COVID-19 Testing Basics, COVID-19 & Food Safety
- Menopause: Resources for Each Stage of Menopause, Menopause Home Test Kits Q&A
- Mental Health: FDA-Approved Depression Medications, Women and Depression
- Healthy Aging: 5 Healthy Aging Tips for Women, Tips for Older Dietary Supplement Users, As You Age: You and Your Medicines
- Nutrition & Fitness: How to Use and Understand the Nutrition Facts Label, The New Nutrition Facts Label, Weight Loss
- College Women’s Health: Resources for College Women including Reproductive Health, Health & Beauty Resources, Sun Safety
Spread the word. This week, FDA OWH will share a variety of resources on key women’s health topics throughout National Women’s Health Week. Follow along and share helpful resources with your community using our NWHW toolkit.