Women's Health: Things to know in your 30s

Routine doctor visits could save money

INDIANAPOLIS - November is the time of year when many health insurance companies call for subscribers to sign up for benefits, and doctors are urging women to take advantage of health screenings.

Health care advocates advise women in their 30s to have regular appointments and to keep an eye on body changes to ward off potential health problems.

Kerin Myers is the costume director for Christian Youth Theater and admits that as a mom in her 30s, she invests more time in her career and her family than her health.

"This is my world. I'm (at the theater) every Friday night, Saturday night, making costumes for these kids," Myers said. "This is probably bad, but my doctor is usually the Minute Clinic or something like that. That's what I have time for."

Myers said she hasn't had a regular checkup in more than two years.

"It's definitely slipped on my priority list. I've been thinking about getting that scheduled," she said.

Dr. Jessica Swenberg with Indiana University Health said Myer's situation is pretty common among her age group.

"They come back to see me and they're in their late 30s or early 40s and they've missed 10 years of medical care. So, we're starting over and having to deal with a lot of issues," Swenberg said.

Women in their 30s should have a breast exam, pelvic exam and Pap smear. They should also get immunizations, skin checks, blood pressure and cholesterol profiles, Swenberg said.

While going to the doctor may be the last thing on Myers' mind, Swenberg said regular checkups may save her health and add years to her life.

"I want to be healthy and enjoy time when I'm not running kids around. I definitely want to make it a priority. I just need to do it and get it on the calendar," Myers said.

Routine visits to the doctor could also save money with health insurance companies who give discounts for regular checkups.


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