We recently discussed men’s health concerns. This time around, we’ll take a look at some of the topics women should discuss with their GP.
Why regular women’s health checks are essential
It goes without saying that women should have a general health check-up every year. Regardless of whether you feel ill or need medical attention.
Regular women’s health check-ups are an important element of disease prevention.
And while a time challenge time for busy women, these health checks are essential. A critical part of ensuring your health is 100%, early awareness & testing helps prevent major illness.
If you have a family history of a particular disease, speak with your GP about more frequent checkups. This will help ensure you are managing your medical health properly.
Some regular women’s health issues you should consider when visiting your local GP include:
An essential test for all women every two years. A Pap Test is an important screening test to pick up signs of irregularities that may lead to cervical cancer, if left untreated.
Two years after first having sex or after the age of 20 is the ideal time to start having pap tests.
Male or female doctors can conduct the test, and will manage the results and any further treatment if required.
If you’re having unprotected sex, or you think you may have an STI, consider having an STI test to ensure you are taking care of your sexual health.
The tests are quick and painless, and may involve a urine sample, blood or vaginal swab. The check will assess if you have STIs such as syphilis, hepatitis or HIV.
As STIs are infections, they may spread during sexual activity, so it’s important they are managed and treated swiftly.
Pregnancy and Post Pregnancy
Regular visits to your GP during pregnancy are essential to ensuring your baby’s health.
During these routine tests, your GP or nurse will checked a variety of things. These may include the weight and height of the mother, ultrasounds, blood pressure, and blood tests, to name a few.
If you suffer from gestational diabetes, regular GP visits during your pregnancy are essential. Helping you maintain proper care of your growing baby!
Ensuring you have a healthy heart is an important consideration for continued health.
Checking blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight allows for individuals to manage BMI and blood pressure. Making adjustments in diet and lifestyle, if required.
Women between the ages of 50 and 74 who have no known history of breast cancer should have a mammogram or breast x-ray every two years.
Individuals who do have a family history of breast cancer can speak with their local GP to discuss how often screening should be conducted.
Other Health Checks
Additional conditions women may wish to raise with their GP during their women’s health check may include:
- bowel cancer checks,
- bone density checks,
- immunisation for women,
- diabetes management,
- skin checks,
- weight management
- emotional / mental health.
If you’d like to discuss these, or any other women’s health concern with one of our friendly doctors, call 3272 8543 to make an appointment. Alternately, book online.
About Pulse Medical Algester
Located at the northern end of Central Park Plaza on Algester Road, Pulse Medical offer a broad range of bulk billed medical services for all members of the family.
We have male and female doctors available 8 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday for all of your health needs.
Pulse Medical Algester provides care across Algester and its surrounding communities – Calamvale, Parkinson, Browns Plains, and Sunnybank Hills.