The Institute for Women's Health


How many friends can you call right now and ask them to accompany you to the doctor? If you can count more than five, you have a much higher chance of being healthier than most women. Often times we mistake friendship with how many Facebook friends, Twitter followers, or Reddit reposts we have. We loose track of how to build real, meaningful, and long-lasting friendships. Since we are celebrating “National Girlfriends Day”, we want to point out the importance of having girlfriends in our lives.

Having girlfriends not only allows us to live a fuller and happier life, it can actually lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of depression, and create a sense of well-being. Friends are those people that look out for us, they are always there to support us, make us laugh, and push us to be healthier and better. They are the ones that know who we truly are and therefore expect us to live life to our fullest potential. You can expect them to always be by our side throughout all the ups and downs of life, this is why we should always invest time and effort in our friendships.

Here are some reasons why having girlfriends can have a positive impact on your health and life:

    • You push each other to be better.

When you are in a rut, friends are the ones that always find ways to get you back on your feet. They can help you find motivation to exercise and eat right. Research shows that those that pact to make healthy lifestyle changes together are more likely to do so. It is also important to push each other to constantly take control of your own health. Ask your friends if they’ve had their annual exam done or if they need help letting go of an unhealthy habit.

    • Girlfriends are your best support group.

From a hard day at work to getting through cancer, friends will always be there to support you no matter what. They always know just what to do, what to say, and how to help. If they are not equipped to help you, they will find someone that can. Remember to always be a good friend and take interest in your friends’ health. Motivate them to schedule regular visits to their general and OB/GYN physicians.

    • Your girlfriends know what it is to be a woman.

Your girlfriends will ALWAYS understand your menstrual mood swings, your health concerns, your pregnancy fears, and your menopausal hot flashes. It’s great to always have someone that knows exactly what you are going through. You don’t have to be shy or embarrassed with your friends. You can ask them intimate questions about being a woman without any repercussions. You are all on the same boat.

So grab your phone and call up your girlfriends! Celebrate this “National Girlfriends Day” with your closest friends and remember to always look out for each other. Happy Girlfriends Day!