When we talk about preventive care, our first thoughts often go towards flu shots, general practitioner check-ins and dental checkups. But did you know that many people don’t have the same type of routine check-ins about their reproductive health? Sometimes, a lack of knowledge of reproductive health services is the primary barrier. Never fear because today, we’ll take some time to discuss some of the precautionary and preventive services that many clinics like Planned Parenthood provide.
Regular screenings are important. Just like getting cars serviced, our bodies work best when we keep up with routine service in regards to our reproductive health. And just like cars, different people need different services. Did you know that Planned Parenthood provides screenings for testicular cancer and testing for HIV and STDs? The Center for Disease Control recommends that all folks 13-64 get tested for HIV and continue to get tested with each new sexual partner1. There are even certain services are aimed at cervical care, including Pap tests and HPV testing. In 2012, 12,042 women in the United States were diagnosed with cervical cancer2. In Indiana, 1 in 4 women between the ages of 21-65 did not have a pap test in the last three years (slightly lower in Kentucky –1 in 5).3 With screening and early detection, we can get these numbers down!
Now you have some idea of the precautionary and preventive measures, the next step involves making that appointment! Thanks to our find a health center tool, all you need is a zip code or city to locate the health center nearest you. After you’ve located your nearest provider, scheduling is just a call or click away. Just like vitamins, brushing teeth and avoiding falling pianos, being proactive about our reproductive health goes a long way with keeping our bodies healthy, happy and whole.
1 (Centers for Disease Control)
2U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2012 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2015.
3 Women’s Health and Mortality Chartbook: 2014Edition. Washington, DC: DHHS Office on Women’s Health. 2014