6 Doctors' Appointments Every Woman Needs To Make
Health and Wellness

6 Doctor Appointments Every Girl In Her 20s Needs To Make To Live Her Healthiest Life

Health is wealth!


Going to the doctor — whether for an issue or an annual checkup — is not anyone's favorite activity. The lobbies are a little too cold, you almost always have to wait, and you are poked and prodded before being sent on your way. Many Americans actually put off their preventative care doctors' appointments, simply because they hate going. Millennials top this chart, as 93 percent of the generation not maintaining a normal appointment schedule. While that is completely understandable, keeping up with your health is a priority worth sitting in a cold lobby for.

Thankfully, keeping up with yearly health check-ins doesn't mean going to the doctor's office every week. You just need a few simple appointments to make sure that you're where you need to be in regard to your health.

1. Annual physical

If you are young, in good health, and feeling fine, your annual physical can generally wait every two or three years. Most health insurances will cover an annual physical once every calendar year though — this is a great way to check up on things you probably don't think about, like your cholesterol and your thyroid. Ultimately, annual physicals let your doctor see that things are normal and healthy — if they have a concern, they'll be able to talk about it with you and conduct more tests to make sure there isn't anything wrong. An annual physical is a yearly check-in that gives you and your doctor peace of mind.

2. Dental 

Dentists recommend getting your teeth cleaned every six months, but it's a little too easy to push these appointments to the side. While your teeth may feel fine, being overdue on your oral hygiene means plaque buildup could be happening without you even knowing it! Call your dentist and book that appointment — most insurances cover teeth cleaning every six months, and the dentist always comes in to make sure everything else is good to go once your teeth are sparkly clean!

3. Gynecologist​

I know, I know. The dentist isn't ideal, but the gynecologist? That's an appointment everyone dreads. While a yearly pelvic exam isn't necessarily fun, checking in with your gynecologist is something every woman needs to prioritize. This yearly exam includes a pap smear and a general women's wellness check that allows you to talk about hormones, sexuality, and family planning with your doctor. As most insurances cover (or require minimal copays) for preventative check-ups, there's no reason to skip a visit to the gynecologist. Those female organs go through a lot, and they deserve their own check-up!

4. Eye doctor 

Your family history and personal vision health depend on how often you should see the eye doctor, but every couple of years is the general rule of thumb. If you wear glasses, find yourself getting headaches from too much screen time, or notice your vision starting to fade, you'll want to make an appointment sooner. Check with your insurance to see what your coverage is for an eye exam.

5. Dermatologist

If you have a skin disorder, you're probably checking in with your dermatologist on a fairly regular basis. But even if your skin feels fine, a semi-routine skin exam can help you catch things like the risk of skin cancer before they come to the surface. Your dermatologist will also be able to talk to you about acne, rashes, eczema, and other sensitivities you may be experiencing, as well as ways to treat them. Most insurances cover dermatologist visits when they are considered medically necessary — if you're looking for botox help, you'll have to bring your wallet.

6. Med checks 

Before you check off every other appointment on this list, evaluate what medication you're currently taking. Eventually, the doctor who prescribed them to you will need to do a med check — a quick conversation and possible exam to make sure the medication is still what's most appropriate for you. Many of the doctors mentioned above will automatically reach out to you to schedule these checks, but it's always a good idea to know when your pharmacy will stop with the automatic refills — whether it's birth control from your gynecologist or skin cream from the dermatologist, you don't want to run out of the medication your body needs!

Report this Content

For a long time, Goya has been a staple in some Latino households. People carry around jars of Adobo when they eat at friend's houses and packets of Sazón Goya can be found in almost everyone's pantry. Many BuzzFeed lists, videos, and memes aimed at Latinos reference Goya somewhere.

But in a year that just keeps hitting us with bad news, Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue said that Trump was an "incredible builder" and that the US was "blessed" to have him as president at a White House event on Thursday.

Keep Reading... Show less

Honey has been a staple in my Ayurvedic skincare routine since I was a kid and my grandmother used to make me homemade paste-like face masks by mixing chickpea flour, turmeric, honey, and yogurt together.

I now use honey head to toe — on my hair to make it extra shiny, on my face for its natural smoothing and anti-bacterial properties, and the rest of my body for its extreme textural and brightening benefits. Some people even use it on their armpits for honey's lightening effect on the skin.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

People Are Eating Salads For Breakfast, And It's About Time

As Americans we know we all need to eat more fruits and veggies, why not do it at breakfast?

I first started seeing a dietitian in late 2017. At the time, I was the heaviest I've ever been at about 210 lbs. At the first appointment, my dietitian asked me to record what I ate in a food diary so she could better understand my habits and give me better direction in changing my lifestyle. I did exactly that and returned a week later, diary in hand. After a cursory glance at the pages, she first remarked at how few fruits and vegetables I ate. Deep down I had already known that, but what I didn't know then was that I was far from being alone in that respect. According to a Times article, about 90 percent of Americans don't consume enough fruits and vegetables to meet current dietary guidelines. It's hardly rocket science as to why that is — many of our diets consist mainly of carbs and non-planted based protein. This isn't to say that carbs and protein are the devils; they're both parts of a balanced diet. However, vegetables and fruit are also part of a balanced diet — a part that often gets neglected. So, when I see people on Instagram eating salad for breakfast, I think to myself "It's about time!"

Keep Reading... Show less

Founders Of Color Q&A: Yarlap's MaryEllen Reider On Destigmatizing Women's Health

The father-daughter duo co-founded the brand and has since generated a passionate, dedicated community of women.

MaryEllen Reider

I was lucky enough to meet MaryEllen Reider over a decade ago as a fellow freshman in college. Since then, I had the luxury of being able to witness her evolution from the faithful companion I went to my first job fair with to the woman who is now a pioneer in destigmatizing the portrayal of women's reproductive health.

Keep Reading... Show less

My favorite Editor was feeling under the weather yesterday. All I wanted was to make her a vegan iced matcha latte. With distance forbidding it, I instead decided to write up this quick, easy recipe. I made it to be vegan and organic for optimal health benefits.

Matcha green tea is made from grounded green tea leaf and it comes with the most antioxidant boost ever.

Keep Reading... Show less

This coffee brand is USDA organic. Newman's Own Keurig coffee flavors are all organic. They have French Roast, Decaf, and a Special Blend. I'm in a committed relationship with the French Roast flavor. The smell alone from dispensing 1 cup of coffee sets a whole cafe jazz vibe.

I'm already relaxed when I smell the coffee all ready for dressing. The way I make my coffee is simple and sweet, literally. I add a spoon of organic brown sugar and a splash of organic almond vanilla milk. This cup of coffee has changed my life forever. I have never been so productive in my life and I truly believe it's because the coffee is organic.

Keep Reading... Show less

These organic, cruelty-free skincare products are great for hot, sweaty summers. I use them every day, so you will find my honest opinion about them all. I highly recommend using organic products because they are least likely to be harmful to your body.

This may seem like an extra step when it comes to your beauty routine, but it's really easy. These 5 products could be the start of your next beauty venture.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments