Midlife 40s

As a woman in your 40s, you have gained the experience and confidence to tackle anything life throws your way. You have learned to master the balance between your career, home, family, and friends. Now is not the time to let hormonal changes or health hazards slow you down.

A proactive effort— like getting an annual mammogram or discussing the early signs of menopause with your OB/GYN — can keep you in good health during the busy years to come.

Have You Scheduled Your Breast Exam?

At age 40, the chance of a woman developing a lump in her breast is significantly higher than a woman in her thirties. While these are typically non-cancerous, nodes found on or around the chest can be a symptom of a dangerous disease. This is why regular breast exams are essential in maintaining your health. 

By beginning annual mammograms in your forties, you can reduce your chances of developing breast cancer or aid in early treatment if cancer does develop. Baptist Health offers many convenient locations to make this critical check-up as easy as possible.

Discuss Signs of Menopause

In this mid-life stage, you may begin to notice symptoms such as irregular periods, hot flashes, mood swings, and vaginal dryness. This progression toward menopause, known as perimenopause, is completely normal. Since the average length of perimenopause is four years, it is important to discuss ways to manage your symptoms with your OBGYN.

To get the most out of your discussion, find a Baptist Health provider who makes you feel comfortable asking questions and sharing your concerns. Our women’s health team offers expertise and compassion, so you can feel confident knowing that you are getting the care that you deserve.

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