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It’s never too late to take control of your health, and that includes making sure you hit all your critical medical screenings and exams. “You don’t have to wait until you’re sick to see your doctor. I recommend preventative care visits with a primary care doctor each year, and it’s important to schedule them out rather than waiting until the last minute,” says Qandeel Soomro, MD, an internist at Medical Offices of Manhattan in New York City. Most health insurance companies should fully cover several preventative health services (meaning no out-of-pocket costs) that are critical to women’s health and well being, including an annual physical, mammography, cervical cancer screening, contraception, testing for infections, breastfeeding services and supplies, and osteoporosis screening. To make the most of your time with your doctor, avoid these 10 things you should never do before your appointment.
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Spring and summer’s longer days are generally a plus, but they can make it harder to fall asleep, especially for those who have an earlier bedtime. If you have trouble unwinding, try diffusing a calming essential oil or dabbing a drop of a specially formulated sleep blend such as Ravenscroft Escentials Good Nite Aroma Body Drops under your nose just before bed. Studies show that the scent of lavender can decrease heart rate and blood pressure to put you in a more relaxed state and may even help you sleep deeper.