National women’s health guidelines for age related health screening tests

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Health screenings for women ages 40 to 64

Even if you feel fine, you should still see your provider for regular checkups. These visits can help you avoid problems in the future. For example, the only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked regularly. High blood sugar and high cholesterol levels also may not have any symptoms in the early stages. A simple blood test can check for these conditions.

There are specific times when you should see your provider. Below are screening guidelines for women ages 40 to 64.

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING

  • Have your blood pressure checked at least once a year. If the top number (systolic number) is between 120 and 139 or the bottom number (diastolic number) is between 80 and 89 mm Hg or higher, have it checked every year.
  • If the top number is greater than 140, or the bottom number is greater than 90, schedule an appointment with your provider.
  • If you have diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems, or certain other conditions, you may need to have your blood pressure checked more often.
  • Watch for blood pressure screenings in your area. Ask your provider if you can stop in to have your blood pressure checked.

CHOLESTEROL SCREENING

  • Begin cholesterol screening between the ages of 40 to 45.
  • Once cholesterol screening has started, your cholesterol should be checked every 5 years.
  • If you have high cholesterol levels, diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems, or certain other conditions, you may need to be checked more often.

DIABETES SCREENING

  • If you are over age 44, you should be screened every 3 years.
  • If you are overweight, ask your provider if you should be screened at a younger age. Asian Americans should be screened if their BMI is greater than 23.
  • If your blood pressure is above 140/80 mm Hg, or you have other risk factors for diabetes, your provider may test your blood sugar level for diabetes.

COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING

If you are under age 50, talk to your health care provider about getting screened. You should be screened if you have a strong family history of colon cancer or polyps. Screening may also be considered if you have risk factors such as a history of inflammatory bowel disease or polyps.

If you are between ages 50 to 75, you should be screened for colorectal cancer. There are several screening tests available:

  • A fecal occult blood (stool-based) test done every year
  • A fecal immunochemical test (FIT) every year
  • A stool DNA test every 3 years
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years
  • Double contrast barium enema every 5 years
  • CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) every 5 years
  • Colonoscopy every 10 years

You may need a colonoscopy more often if you have risk factors for colorectal cancer, such as:

  • Ulcerative colitis
  • A personal or family history of colorectal cancer
  • A history of growths in the colon called adenomatous polyps

DENTAL EXAM

  • Go to the dentist once or twice every year for an exam and cleaning. Your dentist will evaluate if you have a need for more frequent visits.

EYE EXAM

  • Have an eye exam every 2 to 4 years ages 40 to 54 and every 1 to 3 years ages 55 to 64. Your provider may recommend more frequent eye exams if you have vision problems or glaucoma risk.
  • Have an eye exam at least every year if you have diabetes.

IMMUNIZATIONS

  • You should get a flu shot every year.
  • Ask your provider if you should get a vaccine to reduce your risk of pneumonia.
  • You should have a tetanus-diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Tap) vaccine once as part of your tetanus-diphtheria vaccines if you did not receive it previously as an adolescent. You should have a tetanus-diphtheria booster every 10 years.
  • You may get a shingles or herpes zoster vaccine after age 50.
  • Your provider may recommend other immunizations if you are at high risk for certain conditions.

PHYSICAL EXAM

  • Your blood pressure should be checked at least every year.
  • Your provider may recommend checking your cholesterol every 5 years if you have risk factors for coronary heart disease.
  • Your height, weight, and body mass index (BMI) should be checked at each exam.

During your exam, your provider may ask you about:

  • Depression
  • Diet and exercise
  • Alcohol and tobacco use
  • Safety issues, such as using seat belts and smoke detectors

BREAST EXAM

  • Women may do a monthly breast self-exam. However, experts do not agree about the benefits of breast self-exams in finding breast cancer or saving lives. Talk to your provider about what is best for you.
  • You should contact your provider immediately if you notice a change in your breasts, whether or not you do self-exams.
  • Your provider may do a clinical breast exam as part of your preventive exam.

MAMMOGRAM

  • Women ages 40 to 49 may have a mammogram every 1 to 2 years. However, not all experts agree about the benefits of having a mammogram when women are in their 40s. Talk to your provider about what is best for you.
  • Women ages 50 to 75 should have a mammogram every 1 to 2 years depending on their risk factors, to check for breast cancer.
  • Women with a mother or sister who had breast cancer at a younger age should consider yearly mammograms. They should begin earlier than the age at which their youngest family member was diagnosed.

OSTEOPOROSIS SCREENING

  • All women over age 50 with fractures should have a bone density test (DEXA scan).
  • If you are under age 65 and have risk factors for osteoporosis, you should be screened.

PELVIC EXAM AND PAP SMEAR

  • You should have a Pap smear every 3 years. If you have both a Pap smear and human papilloma virus (HPV) test, you may be tested every 5 years. HPV is the virus that causes genital warts and several cancers, including cervical cancer.
  • Your provider may do pelvic exams more often if you develop problems.
  • If you have had your uterus and cervix removed (total hysterectomy), and you have not been diagnosed with cervical cancer, you do not need to have Pap smears.
  • Women who are sexually active and at high risk should be screened for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Your provider may talk with you about testing for other infections.
  • Your provider will ask you about alcohol and tobacco, and may ask you about depression.

SKIN EXAM

  • Your provider may check your skin for signs of skin cancer, especially if you’re at high risk. People at high risk include those who have had skin cancer before, have close relatives with skin cancer, or have a weakened immune system.

LUNG CANCER SCREENING

The USPSTF recommends annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) in adults aged 55 to 80 years who:

  • Have a 30 pack-year smoking history AND
  • Currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years

10 Health Screenings All Women Should Have

Regular screenings can improve your quality of life and prevent complications.

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Every woman should make time for healthy habits — regular exercise, stress management, and choosing the right foods. Scheduling routine health screenings, which can detect potential problems early, is one of those habits.

Regular screening may even save your life. “When you detect a disease early you can prevent complications and improve quality of life,” says Keri Peterson, MD, who practices internal medicine in New York City. “I’ve had many patients who diligently went for their screenings, and it changed the course of their lives. Many of my patients have been diagnosed with breast cancer in its early stages, and were able to undergo breast-sparing surgery and have had excellent prognoses.”

So what screenings should you be getting? Here are 10 essential tests.

1. Blood Pressure Screening

The American Heart Association (AHA) says that if your blood pressure is below 120/80 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg), which is the ideal reading, you should have it checked at least once every two years, starting at age 20. For adults ages 40 or older, African-Americans, or for those with conditions like obesity that put them at increased risk for hypertension, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends an annual screening.

2. Cholesterol Check

This is a tool used to assess your risk for developing heart disease or stroke. If you’re age 20 or older, you should have your cholesterol measured at least once every five years, says the National Institutes of Health. Your total cholesterol levels should ideally be less than 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl); a borderline high reading is between 200 and 239 mg/dl. If you are at risk for heart disease or stroke, make a plan with your doctor for how often you should have this blood test.

3. Pap Smears

Beginning at age 21 and until age 65, you should have a Pap smear every three years, says the USPSTF. In the Pap smear, your doctor uses a speculum to widen the vaginal canal, takes cells from the cervix with a small brush, and examines those cells for changes that may lead to cervical cancer. If you’re 30 or older, you can have the test every five years if you combine it with a screen for HPV, which is a STD that can lead to cervical cancer.

4. Mammograms

A mammogram, which screens for breast cancer, involves compressing the breast between plates so that X-ray images can be captured. There has long been discussion about when and how often a woman should have them, given that the risk for breast cancer increases as you age, and the false positives from frequent screening might do more harm than good. The most recent guidelines from the USPSTF recommend that starting at age 50, women should have a mammogram every two years. The American Cancer Society, however, says that women should start annual screenings at age 45, and can then switch to a biannual mammogram at age 55. If you have a family history of the disease, or other concerns, talk to your doctor about starting annual screening earlier.

5. Bone Density Screening

Women should start getting screened for osteoporosis with a bone density test at age 65. Those with risk factors for osteoporosis, such fractures or low body weight, should be screened earlier. For this test, called a DEXA scan, you lie on a table while a low-dose X-ray machine captures images of your bones. The frequency of this screening varies depending on bone density and other risk factors.

6. Blood Glucose Tests

Starting around age 45, women should get a blood glucose test every three years to check for diabetes or prediabetes. The range for normal tests can vary, but a fasting plasma glucose test reading of 100 mg/dl or higher, says the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, indicates that you may be prediabetic, while a reading greater than 126 mg/dl indicates diabetes. If you are obese, or have a family history of diabetes, or are of a race or ethnicity that’s at particular risk, you may want to start earlier and get screened more often. Your doctor can help you strategize.

7. Colon Cancer Screening

Colon cancer screening, which can be done at a doctor’s office or hospital, should start at age 50, according to the USPSTF. You’ll have either a sigmoidoscopy, in which a lighted tube and camera are inserted in the anus to examine the lower colon, or a colonoscopy, in which a longer tube examines the entire colon. Unless a problem is found or you have a greater risk of colon cancer, a sigmoidoscopy is repeated every 5 years, and a colonoscopy every 10 years.

8. Body Mass Index

Starting at 18, says the USPSTF, adults should be screened for obesity, which usually requires having your body mass index (BMI) calculated. While there are no hard and fast guidelines for how often your doctor should take this measurement, it’s an important number. Your BMI indicates whether or not you are obese, a condition that raises your risk of serious health problems like diabetes and heart disease.

9. Skin Examination

Women should examine their skin every month at home, according to the American Cancer Society. Carefully inspect the skin all over your body, looking for any new moles or changes to existing moles, which can be early signs of skin cancer. If you are at increased risk for skin cancer, or have a family history of it, the American Academy of Dermatology says to talk to your doctor or dermatologist about how often you should have an in-office exam.

10. Dental Checkup

Good dental health is important from the moment your first baby tooth sprouts, and all adult women need twice-yearly dental checkups. Through regular dental checkups, which involve cleaning and examining the teeth, along with X-rays, you can spot early signs of decay and any other problems.

Because these tests are considered preventive, many insurance plans cover them. But while they’re vital for your health, they can also be expensive — so check with your insurance company before making appointments, and check to see whether your community offers any of these tests for free.

Women’s Health Screenings by Age

PAP SMEAR AND HPV TEST

What is it?

Pap smears (or Pap tests) detect abnormalities and cancerous tissue in the cervix. During a Pap test, your doctor will use a brush to collect cells from the cervix. These cells are then sent to a laboratory for evaluation. The same cells can be tested for the presence of human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause cancer.

How often should I be tested?

Women ages 21-29 should get a Pap test every three years. Women ages 30-65 should get a Pap test in conjunction with an HPV test every five years or a Pap test alone every three years.

Women age 65 or older may stop testing if they have had three or more normal Pap tests in a row and no abnormal results in 10 years.

Exceptions

Women who have had a hysterectomy with no residual cervix or cervical agenesis (a rare congenital disorder) do not need a Pap test. If you’ve only had a partial hysterectomy, you will still need testing. Talk to your doctor about when and how often you should be tested.

CHLAMYDIA AND GONORRHEA TESTING

What is it?
A urinalysis can detect the presence of chlamydia and gonorrhea, which are sexually transmitted bacterial infections. Both infections may not cause any symptoms, but when left untreated can cause complications including infertility, miscarriage and numerous health problems in babies born to infected mothers.

How often should I be tested?

Women should begin testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea as soon as they become sexually active. Doctors recommend yearly testing until age 25. Older women may also need testing if they are at an increased risk of infection. Common risk factors include new or multiple sexual partners.

HIV TESTING

What is it?

HIV harms your immune system by lessening your body’s ability to fight infections. HIV also leads to AIDS, the dangerous, final stage of HIV. Your doctor can test for HIV using a blood sample.

How often should I be tested?

If you are sexually active, you should get tested for HIV at least once. It’s also important for your partner(s) to get tested. Women who are pregnant should be tested early in pregnancy. The frequency with which you should be tested also depends on your risk factors. Typically, those who are high risk need annual testing.

CLINICAL BREAST EXAM

What is it?

A clinical breast exam is often part of your well-woman exam. These exams, performed by a trained healthcare professional, can help detect early signs of breast cancer.

How often should I get an exam?

Women in their 20s and 30s typically complete clinical breast exams approximately every three years in addition to monthly self-examinations. Women in their 40s may be offered this exam annually.

MAMMOGRAM

What is it?

Mammograms are a form of imaging technology that detects masses in the breast. They are extremely important in detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages while it is easiest to treat and cure.

How often should I get a mammogram?

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends women should get their first mammogram in their 40s every 1-2 years. Depending on your risk factors, however, you may need screening at an earlier age or more frequently.

Exceptions:

Women who have had a bilateral or two unilateral mastectomies do not need a mammogram. Many women discontinue mammograms around age 75. Your doctor can determine when mammograms are no longer necessary.

DIABETES SCREENING

What is it?

A blood glucose test helps detect early signs of rising blood sugar levels, which is a risk factor for diabetes. The test is simple and involves a small blood sample via finger prick or blood draw from a vein. You may also be asked to fast for eight hours prior to a blood glucose test to provide more accurate results.

How often should I be screened?

Several studies show that blood glucose rises with age, so it’s important to start getting screened every three years around age 45. You may need to start screening earlier if you have risk factors of diabetes such as a family history of diabetes, high blood pressure or cholesterol, a history of cardiovascular disease, obesity, or gestational diabetes.

COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING

What is it?

Colorectal cancer screening is important to identify and remove precancerous polyps or early cancer. There are several different methods of colorectal cancer screening, but colonoscopy is the most effective method.

How often should I be screened?

Most doctors recommend screening starting at age 50, but this recommendation depends on your risk factors (such as family history of colorectal cancer) and which method of colorectal cancer screening you choose. Talk to your doctor about which screening schedule is right for you.

BONE MINERAL DENSITY TEST

What is it?

Doctors measure the levels of calcium and other minerals in your bones using a DEXA scan to detect signs of osteoporosis. DEXA scans are simple and painless. Bone density tests can also determine how well osteoporosis treatment is working.

How often should I be tested?

Most women start screening at age 65, but you may need screening earlier if you’ve suffered a fracture. Like most screenings, the frequency depends on your age and risk factors. The standard recommendation is every two years.

Depending on your personal health status, you may need additional screenings including those for lung cancer and thyroid disease. Work with your doctor to determine a screening schedule that fits your health needs.

Why do I need an annual women’s health checkup?

Q-and-A with Phyllis Campbell,M.D., Signature OB/GYN

This is a question I hear quite often, as many people don’t understand why they need to come in for an appointment every year if they don’t need an annual Pap smear. The truth is that a Pap smear is just one component of a long list of things that are actually part of your annual women’s health visit, so making that appointment is important, whether you are due for a Pap smear or not.

When you come in for your annual visit, an examination is part of the process, but equally important is the opportunity you have to simply talk with your physician. This is a time for your doctor to assess your overall health, confirm if you are up to date on vaccinations, address any questions you have regarding breast health, discuss contraception or pregnancy plans and guide you through changes you may be experiencing as your body ages. I always remind patients that not all issues necessarily come with symptoms. An annual visit allows us to be proactive in prevention and early detection of women’s health issues that can and should be treated at all ages.

Many patients choose Signature OB/GYN because of our ability to provide a continuum of care throughout the phases of life. The conversation changes, obviously, as the questions we hear from a teenager are quite different from those that come from a married woman in her mid-30s or from someone who is entering menopause. The priority, however, is always the same. How can we educate this patient, offer her the right answers based on where she is in her life and guide her on a path to wellness now and in the future?

Sure, women today are busy, and working this appointment into your schedule may prove to be challenging. However, the women who do come in to see us each year tell us that it’s worth finding the time for the answers, guidance and support we provide.

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Apollo Well Women Check

Apollo Well Women Check I

Apollo Well Women Check I is specially designed health package for basic assessment of general health, gynecological problems & screening for cancer breast and cervix, the most common cancers in women.

Fasting is not required.

Recommended For :

Women with family history of gynecological problems or those seeking proactive measures for detecting these problems at an early stage.

Age Group (Recommended) :

25 years & above

Frequency :

Once in a year or as advised by Doctor

Test

Complete Blood Count (CBC) with ESR :
  • Hemoglobin
  • Packed Cell Volume
  • RBC Count
  • Total WBC
  • Differential Count
  • Platelet Count
  • ESR
General Tests :
  • Random Blood Sugar (RBS)
  • Urine Routine Analysis
  • Stool Test (Optional)
  • X-Ray Chest (PA view)
  • Ultrasonogram of Pelvis/Transvaginal Sonography
  • Pap Smear
  • Clinical Examination including Breast and Gynecological check by a Gynecologist

Apollo Well Women Check II

An extension of Apollo Well Women Check I, this health check comprises of additional tests such as TSH and Ultrasound/Mammogram of breasts.

Fasting is not required.

Women with family history of gynecological problems or those seeking proactive measures for detecting these problems at an early stage.

30-40 years of age

Once in a year or as advised by Doctor

  • Hemoglobin
  • Packed Cell Volume
  • RBC Count
  • Total WBC
  • Differential Count
  • Platelet Count
  • ESR
  • Random Blood Sugar (RBS)
  • Urine Routine Analysis
  • Stool Test (Optional)
  • X-Ray Chest (PA view)
  • Ultrasonogram of Pelvis/Transvaginal Sonography
  • Pap Smear
  • Clinical Examination including Breast and Gynecological check by a Gynecologist
Additional Tests :
  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), Ultrasound of Breasts or Mammogram (as indicated by Consultant)

Apollo Well Women Check III

Comprehensive evaluation to ascertain general health status with special focus on problems with typical onset around 40 years of age and menopause in women.

Overnight fasting is required.

Women with family history of gynecological problems or those seeking proactive measures for detecting middle age and post menopause related problems at an early stage.

45 years & above

Once in a year or as advised by Doctor

Haemogram :
  • Hemoglobin
  • Packed Cell Volume
  • RBC Count
  • Total WBC
  • Differential Count
  • Platelet Count
  • MCV
  • MCH
  • MCHC
  • ESR
  • Peripheral Smear (if CBC findings are abnormal)
Blood Sugar :
  • Fasting Blood Sugar
  • PP Blood Sugar (for diabetics only)
  • HbA1C
Renal Profile :
  • Urea
  • Creatinine
  • Uric Acid
Lipid Profile :
  • Total Cholesterol
  • HDL Cholesterol
  • LDL Cholesterol
  • Triglycerides
  • HDL Ratio
Liver Profile :
  • Total Protein
  • Albumin
  • Globulin
  • SGPT
  • SGOT
  • Alkaline Phosphatase
  • GGTP
  • Serum Bilirubin
  • Urine Routine Analysis
  • Stool Test (Optional)
  • ECG (Resting)
  • X-Ray Chest (PA view)
  • Ultrasonogram of Pelvis/Transvaginal Sonography
  • Pap Smear (for Women)
  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
  • DEXA Scan (Bone Scan)
  • Mammogram
Consultations :
  • Clinical Examination
  • Medical Summary
  • Physician Consult
  • Gynecologist Consult

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Women’s Wellness Check Up Program

  • Breast Exam
  • MRI 3T Mammography
  • Other tests which can be arranged but not included in the package like Chest X-Ray, Full Blood Test (Variable according to package)

    Breast Cancer

    Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that starts in the cells of the breast. Often, there are no symptoms but signs of breast cancer can include a breast lump or an abnormal mammogram. Breast cancer stages range from early, curable breast cancer to metastatic breast cancer, with a variety of breast cancer treatments.

    Cervical Cancer

    The cervix is the lower part of the uterus (womb). Cancers that arise in the cervix are potentially curable if detected in the early stage hence early detection is t the key to improving survival

    Ovarian cancer

    Ovarian cancer is a cancerous growth arising from different parts of the ovary. The ovaries are the female reproductive organs that produce eggs

    First menstrual period will happen at the onset of puberty. It is a real sign that you have moved from adolescence into womanhood. It may not seem like you’re any older, but your body is now physically prepared to have a baby of your own.

    Prevention is the key!

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    Health Tests Every Woman Needs

    Pelvic exam and Pap smear

    Regardless of sexual history, women aged 21 and older should have a Pap smear every three years. The Pap smear looks for signs of cervical cancer. Your doctor may let you have smears more infrequently after three consecutive normal Pap tests. This interval can also be extended in older women with a negative HPV test.

    Women should also be tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) based on individual risk factors and age recommendations.

    Screening for breast cancer

    Breast cancer screening consists of clinical exams and screening mammograms. If you have family members with breast cancer, your doctor will screen you to see if you are at risk for more dangerous types of breast cancer that are linked to certain genes (BRCA1 or BRCA 2). If you’re at risk, your doctor may recommend genetic counseling or BRCA testing.

    Physical exam

    You should have two physicals during your 20s. At each exam, your doctor should perform a careful head-to-toe assessment and check your:

    • height
    • weight
    • body mass index (BMI)

    Your doctor may also ask you questions about:

    • depression
    • alcohol and drug use
    • smoking
    • diet and exercise
    • vaccination history
    • intimate partner violence

    Cholesterol test

    Women aged 20 and older should get a baseline screening for cholesterol levels and triglycerides if they are at risk for coronary heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends women get checked every four to six years, starting at age 20. After age 45, screening for cholesterol becomes important, as heart disease risk increases with age.

    Blood pressure screening

    A diagnosis of hypertension, or high blood pressure, is made if your blood pressure is higher than 140/90. Because high blood pressure can lead to other complications, it should be checked every two years if it’s 120/80 or under. If it’s higher, your doctor may recommend having it checked more often. If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, you should also be screened for diabetes.

    Eye exam

    Get vision screenings every other year if you wear contacts or glasses. If you don’t have vision problems, screening may not be necessary. However, you should see an eye doctor if you have any concerns.

    Dental exam

    You should visit the dentist every year for an exam and cleaning.

    Immunizations

    You should get a flu vaccine every year, especially if you are over the age of 65 or have risk factors that make you more susceptible to infection.

    You should get one tetanus-diphtheria booster every 10 years, starting sometime after age 19.

    If you are younger than 26, you should consider the HPV vaccine.

    If you have never had chickenpox, you should get the varicella vaccine.

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    Dental Exam

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    Pelvic Exam and Pap Smear

    Every woman aged 21 should take this test annually. The pap smear detects cervical cancer in a person. Women are recommended to take HPV vaccination before the age of 26.

    TIP: Every woman should take HPV vaccination before the age of 26, to prevent breast cancer or cervical in the future.

    Bone Density Test

    Image Courtesy: riverview.org Today, around 200 million women are suffering from low bone density in the world. Osteoporosis is a disease which causes bone thinning and increases the chances of fracture. If a person is suffering from this disease then she can break her bone even falling from a standing height. Daily Sunlight exposure, calcium products, and vitamin D3 intake will keep your bones healthy.

    Mammogram

    Every woman should get their mammography screening timely. Mammography is done to ensure whether a woman is suffering from breast cancer or not. In today’s era, 20 percent of women are suffering from breast cancer in the world. Women younger than 50 years should get their mammogram done once in a year.

    If you detect breast abnormalities, breast lumps or an abnormal nipple discharge- just go straight to the doctor without any delay.

    Thyroid Function Test

    Thyroid function test is a series of a blood test to make sure how well your thyroid glands are working. Many women complain about brittle nails, hair loss or unexplained weight loss/ gain on a daily basis. It includes T3, T3RU, T4, and TSH. These symptoms could be of overactive thyroid- hyperthyroid, or an underactive thyroid- hypothyroid. Women are more prone to this due to hormonal changes, menopause, and pregnancy.

    If you suspect any of the above-mentioned symptoms, let your doctor know. Treatments are available for these problems, so start your treatment ASAP. The sooner you get started, the sooner you can start feeling better.

    9 Important Medical Tests Every Woman Should Get To Protect Their Health

    Posted on October 5, 2016

    By Carina Wolff | Published September 28th on Bustle | Featuring Dr. Sherry Ross

    Most of us know the importance of scheduling a regular physical, getting a pap smear, and going in for a teeth cleaning, but that’s as far as we go when it comes to routinely checking our health. However, there are a number of important medical tests every woman should get that can help you stay up to date on your current health as well as protect yourself in the future. Although they may not be high up on your to-do list, it’s important to schedule in these tests, and knowing which ones are essential is the first step in protecting your own health.

    “These tests are some of the most important, as they deal with symptoms and areas that are specific or more common in women,” says Dr. Aaron Braun, Medical Director at SignatureCare Emergency Center over email. “It’ also important to understand your family history.”

    It’s important to communicate with your doctor about what specific tests you need, as everyone’s health is different, but knowing the essentials can help arm you with information about what’s the most important to think about.

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