The new year is a great time for new commitments to your health. Regular examinations can help you solve problems before they truly start. Make sure the appointments and screenings below are on your calendar for 2017!
This annual test is important for reproductive health. At Peoria Women’s Health, we perform three separate tests within the same examination.
- Pelvic Exam: A pelvic exam checks for abnormalities in the reproductive system. Some women with difficult or irregular periods may not realize the cause behind their symptoms. With regular examinations, your doctor will look for signs of endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, fibroids, and other issues.
- Pap Test: Your doctor screens for cervical cancer by collecting a sample of cells from your cervix. These are analyzed for warning signs – cell changes that could lead to cervical cancer. This form of cancer is very curable with early detection.
- Clinical Breast Exam:Women should self-screen at home regularly by checking for lumps or irregularities, but a clinical breast exam by a doctor is recommended annually.
General Health Checks
When you schedule your yearly physical, make sure these tests are in the rotation.
- Cholesterol: Know your health and family history! If you are at an increased risk for heart disease, this should be a regular check. Otherwise, every 5 years is recommended.
- Blood Pressure: Ensure your blood pressure is in a healthy range on a regular basis, every two years if you have normal blood pressure (lower than 120/80) or annually for blood pressure between 120/80 and 139/89.
- Blood Glucose:This test is a screening for diabetes that most women should begin receiving at age 45. However, women with diabetes symptoms or risk factors should consider being screened earlier.
If You’re Over 40
Regular breast cancer screenings are incredibly important. Self-screen at home regularly by checking for lumps or irregularities, but make sure you schedule a yearly mammogram.
If You’re Over 65
Women’s bones naturally weaken with age, but osteoporosis is a more severe form of bone loss. Screen for osteoporosis with an annual bone marrow density test. If you have risk factors for osteoporosis, such as previous broken bones or a petite frame, it’s wise to begin screening earlier.
At Peoria Women’s Health, we offer comprehensive gynecologic and obstetric care. Our team of compassionate, committed doctors is committed to your health. Find a map of our location online and give us a call at (309) 692-2805 to schedule your appointment today!