From birth, we are subjected to all sorts of medical examinations and check-ups. This watchful eye on our health and wellbeing is perhaps one of the main reasons that life expectancy is constantly increasing and more of us are enjoying happier healthier existences. However, as a woman, there are certain check-ups and health checks that you need to remember and keep on top of that men may not have to consider or experience. Here are just a few of the main ones that you should take note of!
While you will not visit a gynaecologist regularly in the same way that you’d visit the dentist or have an eye test, there may be certain times in your life where your doctor recommends that you are consulted by a gynaecologist specialist. This individual will be a medical professional who specialises in women’s reproductive health and can help to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions, ranging from breast and hormonal problems to urinary tract infections, pelvic disorders, or other irregularities.
Cervical screening often referred to as a “smear test” or “pap smear” examines cellular material from the cervix (the entrance to the womb from the vagina). It most often aims to identify irregularities that could indicate cancer or cancerous cells. As the condition mainly affects sexually active women aged between 30 to 45, younger women don’t tend to have to have the check. However, it is generally recommended that women aged 25 and over attend yearly cervical screening tests. This helps your doctor to keep an eye on the overall health of your cervix and identify any abnormalities more quickly and easily.
Many women experience breast cancer at some point in their lives. It’s important to remember that the sooner it is identified, the sooner it can start to be treated and the greater the individual’s chances of survival are. This is why it’s so important that every woman conducts regular checks on her breasts, both personally and professionally. You should conduct a self-exam as regularly as you have time for. Take a look at this comprehensive guide on how to conduct a check yourself. These steps can easily be carried out before, during, or after showering or before you go to bed. Professional breast speaking uses a specialist type of X-ray test called a “mammogram” and can spot the development of cancers before they are large enough to see or feel. They are widely available to women aged between fifty and seventy (as chances of developing breast cancer increase with age), however, if you fall outside of this age bracket and have concerns you can always consult with your doctor who may refer you on for a mammogram test.
Remember that your health is of the utmost importance, so it’s paramount that you keep on top of these checks! Generally speaking, they won’t take up too much of your time, but they could have a profound impact on your life, so are absolutely essential.