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94% of people experience symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder once in a while in their daily lives – it’s not uncommon to hear “I’m so OCD” from people who are particular about how they fold their laundry. But for the 1% of U.S. adults with diagnosed OCD, obsessional thoughts and/or compulsive behaviors cause serious distress, are time-consuming, and get in the way of normal day-to-day functioning. (Sources: Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, American Psychological Association, National Institute of Mental Health)
64% of people believe that you need to see a specialist, like a therapist or psychiatrist, for mental health issues. That can be daunting. But your first stop can be your primary care doctor. They can jumpstart your treatment and refer you to the right specialist, or even treat you themselves for some common diagnoses (like depression or insomnia). Schedule your free annual physical and speak up – they’re ready to help. (Source: One Medical)
STI testing depends on the type of sex you are having. Make sure to be as open and honest with your doctor so they can make sure you're tested and covered.
1 in 4 people are currently infected with HPV. And nearly all sexually active men and women get the virus at some point in their lives. 90% of infections go away by themselves within two years, but HPV causes 31,500 cancers every year in the U.S. HPV vaccination can prevent about 28,500 of those cancers from occurring! (source: Centers for Disease Control)
Got an abnormal Pap? Don’t panic. Your doc will do a colposcopy, which is a closer examination of the cells on the cervix, to determine if you need any further procedures. Sometimes it’s as simple as monitoring the cells with more frequent testing and a follow-up Pap. Other times, they’ll remove the cells with procedures like laser therapy or cryotherapy.
Don’t fear the stirrups. Most annual OBGYN appts are pretty simple: a look at your vagina and cervix with the help of a speculum, a Pap, a manual breast exam, and all the questions you can ask – go ahead; they’ve heard it all!
Make an appointment for a preventive cervical cancer screening! Remember, it’s covered for free with all health insurers. And if you’re 26 or younger, get the HPV vaccine – it’ll help protect you from HPV strains that cause cervical cancer, even if you’re already sexually active. (sources: Centers for Disease Control, National Cervical Cancer Coalition)
Only 60% of men take advantage of their free annual physicals – 40% only go to the doctor when they think something is seriously wrong. Don’t be that guy. Use your health insurance benefits and get free preventive care like cancer screenings, vaccinations, flu shots, and more. (Source: Cleveland Clinic)
29% of us have already ditched our New Year’s resolutions, according to super rude research. But it also shows that believing you’ll succeed improves performance, so put on your rose-colored glasses and get back at it. (Source: Journal of Clinical Psychology)
Sorry, most vaccines don’t last forever, and some wear off due to lack of exposure! The duration of protection depends on the vaccine, but if you can’t remember the last time you got boosters, you may be due for some. Ask your primary care doctor what they recommend. The good news? Many regular vaccinations (not travel vaccinations) are considered part of preventive care...aka, they cost you nada.
Make this your healthiest year ever. Use your benefits! Check with your health insurance plan to see what’s free. Some things, like preventive mammograms, annual physicals, and many vaccinations, are free no matter what health insurance you have.
Don’t just use your health insurance when you’re sick. Use it for preventive care to stay healthy and save money. Preventive services are done when you’re healthy to catch signs of issues early. Diagnostic screenings are done when you already have symptoms, and can be costly. Prime example: mammograms. Keep up with regular preventive appointments, and they’re free (even if they catch something). But if you get one because you feel a lump, it’s no longer considered preventive (and no longer free).
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