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The Doctor Is In: 5 Tests You Need To Stay Healthy In Your 30’s


The Doctor Is In:
5 Tests You Need To Stay Healthy In Your 30’s

As Beyoncè said, “Who Runs the World?” GIRLS! Oftentimes we are so busy taking care of everyone else that we neglect our own health. There are several tests that are recommended at different stages of life. These tests will help monitor our health and keep us in the best possible shape.  In addition to knowing your test results you have to eat right and exercise.  So here’s a quick rundown of 5 of the most important.

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Pap Smear (Pap Test) is a test for precancerous cell changes on the cervix that may become cervical cancer if they are not treated. This test should be performed every 3 years starting at age 21. In the past physicians performed these exams annually. The new guideline suggests that annual testing is not necessary.  Please have a discussion with your doctor about what is best for you. Also make certain if you and your doctor decide to receive this screening annually, that your insurance covers your test.

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Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are tested with a swab in the cervix.

HIV, syphilis and hepatitis are tested with a blood test. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages HIV testing, at least once, as a routine part of medical care if you’re an adolescent or adult between the ages of 13 and 64. The CDC advises yearly HIV testing if you are at high risk of infection.

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Self Breast Exam: This is best performed in the shower . Use the pads of  3 fingers to check each breast for lumps. Move your fingers in a row pattern. Up and down all the way across one breast and then the other. Check the outside from armpit to collar bone, and below breast. Check the middle from the breast itself and inside the nipple area.  After you leave the shower check for liquid coming from nipples, puckering of the skin, redness, swelling, change in size and/or shape. Self Breast exam can be performed lying down in bed as well.

If you feel any lumps or changes, call your doctor. Remember most lumps are not cancer. It’s not about finding cancer; it’s about knowing what is normal for your breasts. If something does not feel normal, call your doctor.

It is recommended that you begin these at 18  years old.

Mammograms: Doctors are performing baseline mammograms between 35-40.


A pictorial example of breast self-examination in six steps.

Steps 1-3 involve visual inspection of the breasts with the

arms in different positions. Step 4 is palpation of the breast.

Step 5 is palpation of the nipple. Step 6 is palpation of the breast while lying down.

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   4. FSH TEST

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Ovarian Reserve is the capacity of the ovary to provide eggs for fertilization. The blood test to check ovarian reserve is the day 3 Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) Test. For women who are over 30 years that are interested in bearing children should ask their doctor to give them a blood test that checks their hormones so they can find out their ovarian reserve. Normal hormone levels and regular menstrual cycles decreases the likelihood of infertility problems.

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General health tests that should be performed regularly are thyroid disease, blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes. Mental health is also very important to your general health so if you are having any feelings of depression please seek medical attention. Depression can be caused by chemical imbalance as well as life circumstances.

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It is very important for women to be proactive about their health care. Preventive medicine is the best medicine. Many diseases can go years without exhibiting symptoms, this is why it is important to visit the doctor regularly and be tested.

Dr. Reneè Matthews is becoming a leader in the healthcare industry. She has spent the early part of her career as a medical educator for Public Cord Blood Services and as a radio host for XM Radio Reach MD, a programming source for health professionals.

In addition to being featured in Ebony Magazine’s health spotlight, Ask Dr. Renee, Dr. Matthews is the contributing health blogger for Good Enough Mother, a leading community dedicated to moms providing advice and exposing the myths of motherhood. She is also a contributing writer for Loop21 and health blogger for Examiner where she is reporting on health news and health care. In addition to her columns, Dr. Matthews has often appeared as a lecturer before various organizations.

Dr. Reneè earned her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University. She earned her Medical Doctorate in 2005. Dr. Reneè is a member of the National Medical Association and Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network. Dr. Renee is especially passionate about addressing the health concerns of women and has been recognized by patients and professionals alike for her ability to translate the challenges patients face into tools and solutions they can use to improve their health care. Check out her website , her Facebook page and follow her on Twitter at @AskDrRenee. 



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