An Essential Guide – For Women at All Stages of Life
Annual physical examinations and pap smears, regular mammograms, blood pressure checks, blood draws—there are so many different women’s health concerns and screenings to be aware of, it might be hard to keep track of them all. Yes, you can always check with your provider’s office with a quick My Care Corner message or wait for your annual physical examination. If you’d like to keep track of your healthcare screenings, download this women’s health checklist with general guidelines that you can save and print for a visual reminder.
Regular exams and screenings won’t always prevent serious health concerns, but they can detect diseases like cancer, diabetes, and osteoporosis in the very beginning when they’re easier to treat – and even before you have symptoms.
For many checkups and screenings, an annual examination is all that is needed. However, which screening tests you need and how frequently to have them depends on your age, family history, your own health history, and other risk factors. Talk to your provider about what screening tests are right for you. Having a primary care provider can help you feel comfortable discussing any changes you may currently be experiencing with your health. Learn more about the importance of establishing an ongoing relationship with a family doctor for your and your family’s primary care.