OB-GYN Mary Jane Minkin, MD, shares considerations for women’s health resolutions in 2023

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut–(COMMERCIAL THREAD)–Every year, nearly 40 percent of American adults make a New Year’s resolution. The main considerations for resolutions often involve improving your health, such as sticking to a fitness routine or engaging in a proper diet. While these are respectable health goals, Mary Jane Minkin, MD, OB-GYN, clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at Yale University School of Medicine encourages women to prioritize all aspects of their physical health , mentally and emotionally into the new year and offers her advice for making resolutions.

“Making goals for the New Year is a great way to reevaluate your health routines,” says Dr. Minkin. “I encourage women to consider all the different changes, big or small, they can make to improve their health and well-being, from vaginal, sexual and reproductive health to mental health.”

Dr. Minkin offers the following considerations for women’s health resolutions in the new year.

  • Schedule a visit with your gynecologist (HCP) Many women have postponed their regular gynecological visits due to the pandemic. The new year is a good time to get back into the habit of regular gyno visits, so start the year off right by scheduling an annual checkup. Women avoid the gynecologist for a variety of reasons ranging from feeling of personal intrusion to general discomfort. Having a trusted healthcare provider can mitigate discomfort and allow for open and honest conversations about vaginal health.
  • Swear Off scented products – The vagina is a naturally acidic environment with a pH that should stay in the range of 3.8 to 4.5 to encourage the balance of good and helpful bacteria like Lactobacillus. However, this delicate balance can easily be disrupted with the use of scented soaps, douches, and perfumes, which typically work to mask abnormal vaginal odor caused by a pH imbalance rather than solving the problem at hand. Keep your vaginal hygiene routine to a minimum as the vagina is self-cleaning and simply wash the vulva with water. Use clinically supported products like RepHresh Gel which balances pH and eliminates odors for up to three days.
  • Get enough sleep – Sleep quality can impact a variety of aspects of a woman’s health, including pregnancy, the postpartum period, perimenopause, menopause, and aging. Studies have also shown links between reproductive hormones and sleep patterns in men and women. A long-term lack of sleep in women affects the release of luteinizing hormone (LH) which triggers ovulation in the menstrual cycle. If you’re trying to conceive in the new year, it’s important to note how irregular periods can delay your chances of getting pregnant.
  • Make changes to support fertility – Couples can look at the new year as the time to start trying to conceive and reevaluate some lifestyle habits that can impact fertility. Excessive exercise, for example, can affect ovulation, and smoking and excessive alcohol consumption have been shown to affect fertility in both men and women. It is recommended that you maintain a clean lifestyle and talk to a healthcare professional about what maintaining a healthy weight looks like. Ordinary lubricants often interfere with sperm quality and motility, so it’s important to use a fertility lubricant like Pre-Seed that supports sperm health and allows it to meet the egg safely.
  • Ditch dryness yonder – Vaginal dryness, while typically experienced by menopausal women, can affect those going through stress and depression, postpartum, and taking birth control, among other factors. Incorporating a vaginal moisturizer, like Replens Long-Lasting Moisturizer, into your wellness routines to ease dryness at its source, as well as a quality silicone lubricant like Replens Silky Smooth just before sex, can help ease pain and discomfort.
  • Establish a Vitamin + Supplement Routine – Taking a multivitamin such as vitafusion Women’s Multivitamin is a good way to start the day by supplying the body with essential nutrients and essential vitamins such as C, D and A. However, while vitamins help, it is still important to have a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables to obtain all the daily nutrients you need to stay healthy. For women who are pregnant or trying to conceive, I recommend adding Vitafusion Prenatal Gummy Vitamin in their routine to keep health a priority before and during pregnancy. Prenatal varieties with extra folic acid help prevent birth defects and help women who are trying to conceive.
  • Carve out some time for yourself – In the United States, 35% of women experience feelings of anxiety and stress is at a decade high. Carving out time for yourself helps to recharge and put busy brains in order. “Me time” acts as a reset button and has countless benefits, including relieving stress, boosting self-confidence, and improving relationships between yourself and others. Try creating a schedule with preset time intervals for yourself, even if it’s just a five-minute walk around the block.

“To ensure a healthy year, it is important that women educate themselves on all aspects of health. Talking to a healthcare professional to understand the resources available and staying informed about the latest healthcare innovations and trends can help you achieve your health goals in the new year,” adds Dr. Minkin.

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