Why Women Need to Mind Their Bones

The percentage of Americans with osteoporosis who are women is a whopping 80 percent — totaling more than 35 million people. What’s the message for women? Mind your bones! While bone density – the amount of tissue contained in bone – diminishes as we age, exercise is one way to help offset the effects. Exercise tips … Read More

Women in Their 60s: Staying Strong and Healthy (Video)

Your 60s should see you continuing your periodic Pap smears and HPV tests, mammogram, pelvic exams and colon cancer screenings (if needed), advises Holly L. Thacker, MD. You should have had your shingles vaccine by age 60, and by 65 you need the pneumonia vaccine and a bone density scan. Check your senses: are you having regular hearing and eye exams? You should!

Women in Their 50s: Ounces of Prevention (Video)

Holly L. Thacker, MD, says that as you enter your 50s, you’ll want to update your immunization records, get a yearly flu shot, and do a screening for colon cancer — if your colon test is clear, you won’t have to worry about taking another for another 10 years. Prevention and careful monitoring is key during this time of life, so be sure to see your women’s health physician regularly.

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Women in Their 40s: Going Through Those Changes (Video)

Holly L. Thacker, MD, discusses perimenopause, the time in your 40s where you go through many hormonal fluctuations. These can lead to very heavy or skipped periods. You don’t have to suffer from these — there are many treatment options. In your 40s we still do periodic Pap smears and HPV tests, and add other screenings, including diabetes, cholesterol and thyroid, to keep you healthy.

Women in Their 30s: Key Tests and Screenings (Video)

For your 30s, Holly L. Thacker, MD discusses the addition of another test to your Pap smear screenings: the HPV test. Depending on your HPV status, we can extend the time for your Paps to every five years rather than every three. But you’ll still need to see a women’s health physician every year, even if you don’t need a Pap. Fertility begins to decrease during this period of your life, so it’s important to talk about your childbearing plans with your doctor.