It is the close of the first month of 2018. By this time many of the resolutions committed to have taken a backseat to the onslaught of day-to-day activities, commitments and surprises that can disrupt all the best intentions.
One way you can redefine how you approach a resolution is being supported with education. Making informed decisions is an empowering way to choose the next right step for your health. The US Congress instituted cervical health awareness month in January—perhaps just the kind of profound signal to menopausal women and teenage girls alike to consider the health of their cervix—an excellent way to launch into a new year.
But First: What is a Cervix?
The cervix is located in the lower, narrower part of the uterus. Its role in the female anatomy is to both produce changes in the consistency of the vaginal environment—to either prevent or promote pregnancy—and guide the flow of fluid. When you hear about the dilation of a woman in labor, the measurement being taken is of the cervix since that narrow part of the uterus naturally begins to widen in preparation for a baby to pass through it.
Essentially, the cervix is a superhighway…not a mere canal. It manages the flow of freight to and from the important sites of origination and destination in a woman—the opening of the vagina to the walls of the uterus. If this narrow passage is too loose, miscarriage can occur. If it doesn’t allow enough flow, it can cause infection. If it isn’t cared for, it can be a bedrock for cancer and disease.
What is Cervical Health Awareness Month?
Since every year in the US approximately 13,000 women get the news they have cervical cancer, the US Congress chose to establish this month to focus on this very common yet preventable disease. Make a new resolution to check on and care for the health of your cervix.
Two of the traditional ways to maintain cervical health is to screen. Screening includes an annual Pap smear test and HPV testing. The good news is cervical cancer is preventable—it just takes the focus and commitment of the woman to care for its health. Resolve to be vigilant about the proper testing of your cervix. This month is designed to re-calibrate your focus on the health of all things cervical.
How Does Menopause Treatment Help Cervical Health?
First, if you are menopausal or post-menopausal you should continue to get Pap smear tests. These test the lining of your cervix looking for cancerous cells and other irregularities. And since the HPV virus (which can be a precursor to cervical cancer) is often unknowingly transmitted, the risk continues even after menopause.
Menopause treatment has not shown a propensity for causing cervical cancer, which is excellent news for menopausal women. Interestingly, treatments for cervical cancer can force a woman to enter early menopause. If you are facing cervical cancer treatments, consider creating a plan for the health of your body that includes menopause treatment like natural hormone therapy. Natural hormone therapy attends to the symptoms of menopause so you can regain and maintain a healthful body.
The therapies are safe and effective. At Med Studio we’re committed to walking patients through each of the stages of menopause so there are no surprises and no questions left unanswered. Since we operate a private medical clinic, patients are assured excellent attention and singular focus on their particular natural hormone therapy needs. Everybody is different and every body is unique. There are no cookie-cutter approaches to a menopause treatment plan. And the best news: Caring for the health of your body is a no-regrets decision.
We’re prepared to join you in National Cervical Health Awareness Month.