Good health is important when it comes to conceiving and carrying a healthy child. Good health encompasses mental health, reproductive health, physical health and more.
That being said, it is often underestimated how important primary care visits are when it comes to assessing your overall health.
For women, a visit to their primary-care provider and OB/GYN should be done annually at least, and more often if there are conditions to be monitored or addressed. Many lifelong conditions, like high blood pressure or diabetes, come on slowly and can be caught sooner rather than later if you continue going to the doctor annually.
Hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes (all of which increase your risk of stroke and heart disease), and STI’s like HPV, which can raise your risk of cervical cancer, can be present without symptoms. Without treatment, all of the conditions listed above can be damaging your body from the inside out, which sets you up for poor health.
If you are suspicious that you’re having some underlying conditions, see your primary care doctor and make sure you are within the following numbers.
Blood pressure: should be 120/80 or less
Total cholesterol should be <200 mg/dL
BMI should be between 19-25 (women)
Fasting blood glucose 70-99 mg/dL
If you are concerned about your fertility and reproductive health, visit a Fertility Solutions location near you, or contact us here so we can set up a consultation to answer any questions you may have.