4 Reasons to Monitor Your Reproductive Health

4 Reasons to Monitor Your Reproductive Health


Imagine what the world would be like if people could no longer reproduce. We couldn’t continue to exist. That’s why the reproductive system is such an important system in the body.

Thankfully, we live in a time of increasing awareness about maintaining our health. We have more access to information, and we better understand how interconnected our mind and bodies are, as well as how important it is to take care of ourselves.

Thrive STL is committed to empowering you to care for your reproductive health. But what exactly does that mean? And why is it important to monitor your reproductive health?

What is reproductive health?

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines overall health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” WHO emphasizes that complete health is a fundamental right of every human being.

In the same way, reproductive health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well being related to the reproductive system. Cleveland Clinic explains the reproductive system as “a collection of internal and external organs — in both males and females — that work together for the purpose of procreating.”

4 reasons to monitor your reproductive health

1. To diagnose and treat diseases early

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced new guidelines for Pap testing and HPV testing. If you monitor your reproductive health through routine testing, even when you don’t have symptoms, you increase the likelihood of early detection of disease as well as prompt treatment. This typically increases the chances of a better outcome as well.

2. To prevent the spread of STDs

The CDC reports there are approximately 2.5 million new cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis every year in the United States alone.

To protect your reproductive health, and prevent the spread of STDs, follow the CDC recommendations for STD testing. At Thrive STL, we provide STD testing for the most common STD’s at little to no cost

3. To protect fertility

Do you know anyone who has longed to have a family, but struggled with infertility? It’s a painful road to walk, and it impacts emotional health and relationships.

To protect fertility, you can monitor your reproductive health in the following ways:

  • Routine STD Screening
  • Pap and HPV testing as recommended
  • Seek medical promptly for any symptoms you experience
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle including a healthy weight, exercise, and quality food
  • Stay emotionally healthy

4. To prevent cancer

Women are strong and are more likely to take care of others while neglecting their own health. We know that untreated STD’s, emotional stress and many lifestyle choices can be contributing factors to cancer of the reproductive system down the road.

Invest in your future by taking care of yourself now.

We are here for you

At Thrive STL, we believe you deserve access to care for your reproductive health, which is why we offer our services to you without fees (or low fees for certain STD testing). Make a confidential appointment today.