Texas Woman’s University went tobacco free this summer, and so can you! Use these apps and websites to help you reach your goal of becoming smoke/tobacco free!
Livestrong Quit Coach
Facebook App: Quitometer
This week is National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week. Remember, if you are under the age of 21, it is illegal to drink alcohol and can result in legal and academic consequences. However, if you choose to drink we want you to be safe and well while you do so! Think before you drink!
Know your Limits! It’s important to know how alcohol affects your body and your own personal limits. How quickly you consume alcohol, your gender and weight, and how quickly your body processes alcohol all impact your BAL (Blood Alcohol Level). The recommended pattern is to drink one drink per hour to allow your body time to process the alcohol and avoid the negative effects. What constitutes one drink? 12 oz. of beer, 4-5 oz. of wine, or 1-1.5 oz. of liquor are all equal to one drink.
Binge drinking is a considered a negative pattern of drinking and usually occurs after 4 drinks for women and 5 drinks for men—in about 2 hours. There is always a risk of alcohol poisoning if you consume excessive levels of alcohol and you and your friends should be aware of the signs and symptoms and seek immediate medical attention. Alcohol poisoning can present as
confusion or appearing disorientated.
becoming unresponsive or unconscious.
erratic or slow breathing.
having a pale or bluish pallor.
becoming hypothermic (low body temperature), cold or clammy to touch.
Tips for Moderate Drinking
Set a limit before you start drinking.
Space and pace your drinks.
Keep track of what you’ve had to drink.
Eat before and while you’re drinking.
Avoid drinking games.
Drink for quality, not quantity.
Be assertive and know what’s right for you!
If you’re feeling affected, stop drinking and wait until you feel the effects subside.
Be safe Pioneers!
Anonymous asked: As a 22year old woman, when is the ideal age to receive my first breast exam?
This is a great question that many young women have regarding their breast health. First, it is never too early to know your normal. You can do that by doing monthly breast self exams and looking at your breasts to notice any changes. Look for dimples in your breast, unusual discharge from your nipple, redness, and any thing that is out of the ordinary for you. You will be the first person to know what is NOT your normal. If you do notice something that causes you concern, contact a provider.
You should be receiving clinical breast exams by your provider at well woman exams. Clinical breast exams involve a provider feeling and looking at your breast for the same signs mentioned above. Again, it is important to convey your concerns, as well as your family health history.
Yearly mammograms are recommended for women beginning at age 40. Here is a great link from Susan G. Komen about screenings and risk factors.
Remember…Prevention is best. Know your breasts!
Anonymous asked: how long should you wait to get a pregnancy test?
This is an excellent question. After speaking with the friendly staff at Student Health Services, the recommendation is about a week after a missed period for a urine test. If you have an irregular cycle, the recommendation is 10-14 days after intercourse. You can get a home pregnancy test at most drugstores and grocery stores. You can also make an appointment to get checked at Student Health Services.
Here is a great link for more information about pregnancy tests.
Best of luck!