You deserve the best. Lifestyle, diet, exercise, medical and dental care are all important to your overall well-being.
It’s also helpful to have a good idea of what is normal for you, from how you look (such as your skin, hair and nails) to how you function and feel every day (such as energy levels and moods). This way, it’s easier to talk to your doctor about any changes.
Medical and Dental Care
Getting regular physical checkups is a great way to protect your health and catch any health problems early before they get out of control.
- Even if you feel well, be sure to visit your doctor or health care provider regularly for checkups, exams and care as needed. This includes getting regular physicals, pelvic exam and pap smear, cancer screenings, vaccinations, as well as vision and hearing. Talk to your doctor about how often you should visit. If you don’t have a doctor or health insurance, you can get quality care at a nearby health center.
- If you’re sexually active, be sure to practice safe sex and use condoms. Free condoms are available. You can also get tested for any infections at a free confidential testing center near you.
- For birth control answers, see your doctor or call (888) – 321 – 0383 for free birth control information. For abortion answers and help, call (800) – 772 – 9100. For help finding safe and quality abortion providers near you, call (877) – 257 – 0012.
- If you’re pregnant, it’s important to also get prenatal care from the very beginning of your pregnancy to protect both you and your unborn child’s health. Find pregnancy, mom and children servicesnear you.
- Don’t forget about your dental health. See your dentist regularly (at least once or twice a year) for checkups, exams and professional cleanings. If you don’t have a dentist or insurance, check out your options at the US Department of Health and Human Services: “Where can I find low-cost dental care?“
Food and Diet Help
- It’s important to eat and drink healthy for better health. This includes getting enough water, fruit, grains, vegetables and protein.
- On a tight budget? Don’t worry, you can still eat healthy and save with these easy tips. Also see Recipes and Tips for Healthy, Thrifty Meals.
- Need help with groceries and food? See if you qualify for SNAP benefits. Find your local food bank or call WhyHunger hotline at (800) – 5 – HUNGRY (548 – 6479) for more help finding food pantries, soup kitchens, summer meals sites, government nutrition programs, grassroots organizations and nutritional support services.
- If you’re pregnant, breastfeeding or have children, call (800) – 311 – BABY (2229) or find your local WIC office for free nutrition education, counseling and help with breastfeeding and food for your family.
- Need help with an eating problem? Call the National Eating Disorders Helpline at (800) – 931 – 2237 for caring help and support.
Exercise and Fitness Help
- It’s important to get enough exercise and physical activity each week in order to help your body function properly. This can be as simple as going for regular walks. Remember to talk to your doctor or health care provider before starting any fitness routine or program.
- Join a fitness support group in your area. It helps to be around other people who may have the same fitness goals and enjoy the same activities as you do.
Lifestyle and Relationship Help
Unhealthy relationships, sadness, worry, drugs and too much alcohol can really make life a lot harder to deal with, but there are people who really care and want to help you no matter what you’re going through. Don’t lose hope. Things can get better.
- For help with relationship violence and abuse, call (800) – 799 – SAFE (7233) for 24/7 caring help near you.
- For help dealing with difficult emotions and feelings, call (800) – 273 – TALK (8255) for 24/7 caring support.
- For help dealing with depression, sadness and worry after having a baby, call (800) – 944 – 4773 for caring mom and dad support.
- For help with quitting smoking, call (800) – QUIT – NOW (784 – 8669) for caring help in your state.
- For help with mental health, alcohol or drugs, call (800) – 662 – HELP (4357) for 24/7 caring support and information about treatment services near you.
Guides: Women’s Health Guide for All Ages, Be Active Your Way: A Guide for Adults, Talking to your Doctor, Screening Tests for Women, Guide to Depression and Bipolar Disorder, Depression During and After Pregnancy: A Resource for Women, Their Families and Friends, and My Family Health Portrait
Keep in mind that it’s important to remember not to wait until you feel very bad to get help. The earlier you get help, the better. If you are pregnant, it’s also important to get prenatal care from the very beginning of your pregnancy to protect both you and your unborn child’s health.
Talk to your doctor or health care provider for more information.
Call (800) – 273 – TALK (8255) for 24/7 caring support and help with difficult emotions.
Call (800) – 799 – SAFE (7233) for 24/7 caring help with relationship violence and abuse.
Call (800) – 662 – HELP (4357) for 24/7 caring support and help with mental health, alcohol or drugs and information on treatment services near you.
Call (800) – 994 – 9662 for more women’s health information, including help with breastfeeding.
– Health screening — women– ages 18 to 39. US National Library of Medicine – MedlinePlus web site. http://1.usa.gov/1NvVXrx. Accessed May 16, 2016.
Page last reviewed: May 13, 2017 Page last updated: May 13, 2017