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Cervical Health Awareness Month

Monday, January 10th, 2011

I was looking through a national health observances calendar the other day and discovered that, among other things, this is Cervical Health Awareness Month.  It was a good reminder to me to schedule an annual check up.

Most women I know don’t relish the thought of having their next Pap smear – I mean really, I can think of a lot of other things I’d rather be doing –  but they do eventually get around to it.  I remember as a busy mom, however, how easy it was to put myself last.  Yep, I’d take the kids to the doc, get their vaccinations, take the hubby to the optometrist or the dog to the vet… but somehow time easily marched by before I stopped slacking off and remembered to take care of myself.  And then one year when I finally did go, I was shocked to find a bad result which eventually led to surgery.  Not an avenue I’d recommend.

Did you know that some cervical surgery may cause a condition known as cervical insufficiency that can lead to premature birth?   Vaginal infections, like Group B strep or sexually transmitted infections, can pose special risks for pregnant women and their babies.

So ladies, make sure you get with the program.  Go for your annual check up.  If there is an early sign of an infection or problem, you can nip it in the bud.  It’s important for you, your future children and the family that loves you.