Women of all ages are encouraged to make their health a priority. Be sure to take care of yourself because you are worth it.
- Schedule a regular check-up with your doctor.
- Remember to drink water throughout the day.
- Enjoy a healthy and balanced diet.
- Get active or take a daily walk.
- Prioritize mental health.
Talk to Your Doctor
We recommend that you talk with your doctor about your overall health, including exams you may need like breast and cervical cancer screenings. Your doctor can help you decide on a screening schedule based on your personal and family health history.
Need Help Getting Care?
Having the right doctor is very important. Please visit hpplans.com/hpdocs to find participating providers, including OB/GYNs.
For help making an appointment, please call Health Partners Plans at 1-888-477-9800 (TTY 1-877-454-8477).
Take Care of Your Health
Regular health screenings are important. Preventive care can help detect problems early so that treatment is more effective.
It’s important to see your primary care provider (PCP) at least once a year. When you see your doctor, you can discuss your health including any goals or concerns you may have. Your doctor may also recommend lab tests or health screenings based on your physical exam and family history.
Breast Cancer Screening
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women. It’s also more common in older women. However, people of all ages can get breast cancer. According to the CDC, about 9% of breast cancer cases in the US are found in women under 45 years old.
Here’s what you can do now:
- Talk to your family members to learn about their medical history.
- Tell your doctor if you have a family history of cancer.
- Do a self-breast exam at least once a month.
- Mammograms can help detect cancer before you can feel a lump. However, you should also know how your breasts normally look and feel. Report any changes, such as a lump, unusual swelling, discharge or thickening to your doctor right away.
- Schedule annual mammograms starting at age 40 unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
- National Breast Cancer Foundation: Breast Health Education
- National Breast Cancer Foundation: Self Exam
- CDC: Breast Cancer in Young Women
If you need help scheduling a doctor’s appointment or mammogram, call Member Relations at 1-888-477-9800 (TTY 1-877-454-8477). Member Relations can also connect you with a Care Coordinator if you need more breast health information.
Cervical Cancer Screening
The American Cancer Society recommends that you start having a Pap test at age 25 and then once every three years. If you are between the ages of 25 and 65, you should have a Pap test plus an HPV test (called “co-testing”) every five years. But always follow your doctor’s advice.
Are you pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant?
If you think you are pregnant, call your doctor right away to schedule an appointment. It’s extremely important to see a doctor when you are pregnant for prenatal care. These appointments can help you stay health through your pregnancy, delivery and beyond.
Health Partners Plans offers members a maternity program to help soon-to-be-moms from prenatal to post-delivery care. Visit the Baby Partners page for more information.
If you’re not planning a pregnancy, talk to your doctor about birth control options.