Women's Health

Women's Health

Women's Health

To keep your body functioning at its top level, it’s important to check in with your doctor regularly. You take your car in for regular checkups, right? Why not take care of your most prized possession in the best manner possible?

The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends you refer to the following list of preventative services. Please note, these guidelines are not comprehensive. Consult your family care physician for recommendations regarding your personal screening and wellness schedule.

  • Breast Cancer: screen with mammography every 1-2 years after counseling about risks and benefits (40 years+)
  • Cervical cancer: pap smear at least once every 3 years (18 years+)
  • Colorectal cancer: screen (50 years+)
  • Congenital rubella syndrome: screen by assuring immunity by history, serology or vaccination (18 years+)
  • Coronary heart disease: counsel adults at increased risk (18 years+)
  • Depression/tobacco use/alcohol misuse/violence: screen (18 years+)
  • Hearing difficulties: screen and counsel (65 years+)
  • Hypertension: screen for high blood pressure (18 years+)
  • Lipid disorders: screen with fasting lipid profile or nonfasting total and HDL cholesterol (45 years+)
  • Obesity: screen by measuring height and weight periodically/intensive counseling and behavioral interventions for obese adults (18 years+)
  • Osteoporosis: screen, especially those at risk for fractures (60 years+)
  • Pregnancy
    • Bacteriuria, asymptomatic: screen with urine culture at 121-16 weeks’ gestation or first prenatal visit (18 years+)
    • Chlamydia: screen asymptomatic pregnant women (18 years+)
    • Hepatitis B virus infection: Screen all pregnant women at first prenatal visit (18 years+)
    • HIV infection: screen all pregnant women (18 years+)
    • Iron deficiency anemia: screen asymptomatic pregnant women (18 years+)
    • Neural tube defects: prescriptions given (18 years+)
    • Rh(D) incompatibility: Rh(D) blood typing and antibody testing for all pregnant women at first prenatal visit with repeated antibody testing for all unsensitized Rh(D)-negative women at 24-28 weeks’ gestation (18 years+)
    • Syphilis: screen all pregnant women (18 years+)
  • STDs: regular screenings if sexually active
  • Visually difficulties: screen with Snellen acuity (65 years+)

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