6 health checks that women must take to be safe than sorry

Regular health screenings for women must be prioritized to rule out major issues in the long run. An expert suggests important routine tests.

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You must get your routine tests done! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Sameer Bhati Published on: 22 March 2022, 20:08 pm IST
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Every woman’s health needs to be taken care of. With age, our bodies start to change. The body starts getting weaker and the functions get less effective with age. Being tested regularly at such a stage is very important as ageing increases the risks of getting health conditions. Regular health screenings for women will ensure their well-being.

If you start noticing the first signs, these tests would help in preventing the severity of the disease. Most of the women do not do this much for themselves, so their family members can take care of getting them tested periodically.

Here are some health screenings for women:

1. Pap Smear Test

A Pap Smear Test, also known as a Pap Test or Papanicolaou Test, is a screening procedure which is generally used to detect and diagnose cervical cancer. It basically tests for the presence of cancerous or precancerous cells in the opening of the uterus or cervix.

When to get the health screening done?

Doctors, nowadays, advice every woman (who is above 21 years of age) to get a Pap Smear Test done at least once in every 3 years. This is because some of those women may have increased chances of risk of having cancer or an infection. It is recommended to get a Pap Test more often, if any of the women is suffering from HIV or if any of them has a weaken immune system as result of an organ transplant or chemotherapy.

2. Pelvic Exam

A pelvic exam is a physical exam of the vagina, cervix, bladder, uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries and rectum. During the pelvic exam, the doctor first checks the area outside the vagina and then checks the other organs. It is done to examine the signs of diseases in the organs of a woman.

When to get the health screening done?

Doctors recommend to get a pelvic exam done on an annual basis. Women with a family history may have to get it done more frequently.

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A mammogram is important to rule out breast related issues. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Mammogram

A mammogram is an X-ray done to examine the breast. This test is to detect and diagnose breast cancer. This also helps in the early detection of breast cancer, which should be accompanied with timely and regular clinical tests and self-examination of breast. During a mammogram test, the doctor might advise multiple X-rays of the breast in order to examine them carefully.

When to get the health screening done?

Women between the age of 45 to 55 years should get a mammogram done every year. The ones with a family history should get it done as advised by the doctor.

4. Thyroid Function Test

Thyroid function test is usually done to examine if the thyroid glands in the body are working well or not. Proper functioning of these glands is important for regulating many of our body’s processes, such as energy generation, metabolism and mood.

When to get the health screening done?

Initially, the doctor may advice you get tested after the completion of every dose. Once it comes out to be normal, you can get it checked every year.

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A lipid profile test will tell you what you are putting your heart through! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

5. Lipid Panel Test

A lipid profile is used to assess the risk of cardiovascular disease in people. It includes a combination of blood tests with the help of which the level of 4 types of lipids in our blood is measured.

When to get the health screening done?

Healthy women should get a lipid profile done every 2-3 years. The ones who have a medical history or have heart disease or family history of cholesterol should get it done more often.

6. Blood Pressure Test

Blood Pressure test is done to check the amount of pressure a person’s blood is exerting on blood vessels. It is tested using a device called sphygmomanometer. A high or low blood pressure can have certain effects on the person’s body. High blood pressure can lead to many medical conditions like stroke, whereas low blood pressure can cause fainting, dizziness and even put a person in a coma.

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BP is an important check! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

When to get the health screening done?

Blood pressure can be self-checked by purchasing a blood pressure machine from the market. One can check it every week.

So ladies, now that you know about these health screenings for women, please don’t put your health on the backburner. Your health is in your hands, after all!

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About the Author
Sameer Bhati Sameer Bhati

Sameer Bhati is the director of Star Imaging & Path Lab Pvt Ltd., Staredu Education & Training Institute, and Janta X-Ray Clinic Pvt. Ltd. He heads Research & Development at Star Education and Training Institute and is Chief Controller of Medical Education as well.

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