All people need regular health checks, even if they’re feeling in good shape and aren’t experiencing any negative symptoms! Some of the most common health checks that we schedule into our calendars tend to be dental examinations (once every six months), hygienist appointments (once every six months) and eye tests (once every two years). But if you’re a woman, you’re going to need to fit in a few extra examinations too. Here are a few health checkups you need to ensure feature in your schedule.
If you’re aged 25 or over, you need to attend cervical screening. This appointment and process may also be referred to as a “smear test” or a “pap smear” – these are more casual and commonly used ways to refer to it. Once your initial cervical screening is out of the way, you’ll be asked to check back in once every three years until you are 44. Anyone aged between 45 and 60 will be asked to re attend once every five years. The goal of cervical screening is to take a look at cellular material in your cervix (the entrance or “barrier” between your womb and your vagina) and identify any irregularities. If any irregularities are found, they will be tested to check whether they’re a symptom of cancerous cells or cancer.
Breast screening is also extremely important and should feature in your calendar wherever necessary. Sadly, breast cancer is something that many women experience in their lives. Where does breast screening come into this? Well, the sooner breast cancer is identified, the sooner you can seek treatment which could help to significantly reduce your chances of succumbing to the illness. You will only need to book in for breast screening if you receive a letter from your doctor, if you have a family history of breast cancer, or if you notice a lump in your own breast. Carrying out regular checks on your own breasts will help you to notice any changes to them. You can find a guide on how to do this here. During screening, a doctor will carry out a form of X ray called a “mammogram”. This can identify developing cancers before they are large enough to see or feel. If anything is found, you will be referred on to the best Breast Cancer Treatment for your individual needs.
A Gynaecological Exam
You don’t need to book into a regular gynaecological exam, But if you do develop any problems with your reproductive system, your doctor will likely refer you for one. A gynaecological exam will help to identify the causes of any issues with your menstrual cycle, your fertility and any other reproductive issues or issues with your reproductive organs. What happens during your exam will depend on your individual condition or symptoms.
As you can see, there are a few checks that you have to schedule as a woman. They’re not time consuming and can make all the difference to your overall health and wellbeing though, so make sure you don’t miss them when they’re necessary!
What other health checks do you think women need to prioritize? Let me know in the comments below!