The year always seems to fly by, and before you know it, you are going on that summer holiday again. But the quick pace of life is no reason to avoid your must-do health check-ups!
Women often forget about themselves during the year because they’re too busy meeting deadlines at work, tending to their families and trying to make sure that they don’t drop any of the many balls. As women, we need to remember to prioritise ourselves and our health sometimes, especially the important doctors’ appointments that need to be ticked off the checklist.
Your checklist should include the following:
- Pap smear – This is the most well-known check-up but also the one many women tend to avoid going to because makes them feel uncomfortable. However, going for this test annually is important as it can help detect cervical cancer early on. Most gynaecologists and doctors will also conduct a breast exam during the appointment. Our Femagene® Intimate Refreshing wipes will help to give you confidence before your appointment.
- Breast exams – Even though your gynaecologist or doctor may do a breast exam during your appointment, from the age of 40 you need to visit a clinic that specialises in breast examinations and mammograms. It is also very important to do regular breast exams at home – early detection of breast cancer is vital!
- Cholesterol test – If you know you are at risk for coronary heart disease or if it runs in your family, you should be tested as early on as 20 years old. It is recommended that a woman is checked every 4 to 6 years from the age of 20, and then more frequently from the age of 45.
- Bone density test – A bone density test can help determine if there is a possibility of osteoporosis, and women should start including this test on their check-up list from the age of 65. This test involves an x-ray which measures how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are found in the tested section of bone. How often a woman has bone density test will depend on her previous test results.
- Blood glucose test – Type 2 diabetes is more common amongst women than men and increases the risk factor for heart disease. If your doctor suspects that there is an issue (usually around your weight) they may ask for a urine test or a blood test. If there is cause for concern they may request that this test be done annually and usually for women from the age of 40 onwards. The good news is that by reducing your sugar intake you should be able to help lower your chances of falling into this category.
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