I have a deep, dark secret to admit.
Not only do I hate my yearly checkups â€“ I put them off. In fact I put the last one off for five years. Although it isnâ€™t a good idea at age 25, it is a terrible idea at 52. For some reason I got it in my head that after the last baby was born I no longer had to share my hoo-ha with a third party.
We all know that almost all conditions are easier to deal with when they are caught early â€“ and the survival rate for various forms of cancer decrease dramatically the longer it has a change to develop. Even the stuff that is not life threatening can really impact our quality of life when they could easily be taken care of.
When I finally do get into the doctorâ€™s office, no easy feat since I use the Veterans Hospital (yep – Iâ€™m a vet), I always wonder why I stirred it up into such a big deal in my mind. The stepping on the scale is the hardest part.
In most cases, if you are over 20 you need to have a Pap test at the minimum. After age 40 you need to add a mammogram at least every two years. Talking to the doctor about any concerns or questions is important because even if you think you know the answers – you could be wrong.
I was surprised when my doctor offered me a pill to take to keep me from cycling until after my menopause was complete. I am still thinking about it â€“ havenâ€™t decided yet. When she told me that I was amazed! I had no idea that was even possible. I left there informed, healthy, and happier because my doctor and I discussed some emotional issues as well.
So why do we fight it so much? It isnâ€™t such a bad way to spend an afternoon once a year â€“ and it could save your life.
photo credit:Â Alex Proimos