After a certain age, many people don’t like to be reminded about how old they’re getting. It’s bad enough that they have to endure birthdays, at least those are supposed to be fun. But it seems to add insult to injury when it’s the need for a new health check that serves as a reminder of your advancing years. Why, it seemed just yesterday that you were getting checked for STD’s and now you’re going in to have your stool sample examined. Unfortunately, unpleasant though they may be, health checks are vital and can lead to early detection and prevention of future complications. Read on to find out the important health checks for women of all ages.
As a girl approaches her teenage years, she begins to enter puberty and her body should begin to change accordingly. This includes the development of breasts and the beginning of menstruation. If she is not displaying these signs, there may be a need for medical investigation. A girl this age should also be getting regular vision and dental checks and the usual scheduled immunizations.
Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women under the age of 35. Because of this, girls are recommended to get vaccinated against HPV before becoming sexually active.
This is the age at which women tend to become sexually active, and that means they should get regular screenings for STI’s (sexually transmitted infections). These tests can usually be done using a self-taken vaginal swab and can be carried out at a health clinic or by your GP.
Breast awareness is very important and a woman needs to know how to check for abnormalities. Breast cancer affects one in eight women and is the most common cancer for women under 40. Be breast-aware and see a doctor if you notice anything out of the ordinary.
It is also important to get cervical smears done every three years until the age of forty-nine. Beyond this, every five years should suffice. If you are on contraceptives, have blood pressure and weight checked regularly.
Look out for low energy and fatigue resulting from heavy periods. If this is the case, consider having blood tests done to check iron levels. The condition can be easily corrected with minor adjustments.
If you are considering having children, seek health care for preconception advice and regular check ups, especially if you have medical conditions that might impact fertility.
This is the time to have health screenings to make sure your blood sugars, blood pressure, cholesterol levels and bone health are in balance. After 50, the risk of breast cancer goes up and the need for mammograms every three years becomes vital.
Age 60 and Above
Yearly eye tests are essential at this age to check for cataracts, eye pressures,and degeneration. Gut health needs to be monitored, and regular screenings for bowel cancer should be done.
Bone density tends to decrease at this age, and women should be tested regularly for osteoporosis to ensure proper bone health.
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