The Ultimate Health Checklist For Women

In honor of "International Day of the Girl", today I'm sharing a very dedicated blog post to all the ladies and women out there. This one is not only important but dear to my heart because now more than ever our health is most important.

Women have unique health needs, which can differ hugely from the health needs of men. As a result, it’s important that you understand the common ailments and health conditions that many women will experience at one time or another during their lives. That’s not the only reason why women need to be in tune with their body and health - some health conditions and illnesses will affect them much differently to how they affect men. So, to be on top of your health at all times, it’s really important that you know which tests and checks you need to get and when.

Are you aware of the various health checks that women need to get? If not, you should read on. Here’s my complete health checklist that every woman needs to be aware of. 

Get An Annual Wellness Examination

It’s important that we all get an annual wellness examination once we enter our thirties. We no longer have youth on our side at this age, and will be susceptible to a lot more health conditions. This check should include a physical examination, and gives your doctor a chance to spot any possible illnesses in their very early stages. This also gives you the chance to discuss your diet and level of physical activity with a health profession. They may want to offer you some advice so that you can improve your lifestyle and ensure it is as healthy as possible.

Regularly Check Your Breasts

One of the most important health checks for women is their breast examination. Thankfully, you can easily check your breasts at home yourself. Make sure you also feel up to the armpit when you check them too, as breast tissue goes all the way up to the arm on the inside of the body. Ideally, you need to carry out these checks about a week after your period. If you notice a lump or a change in their shape, then it’s important to book an appointment with your doctor so that you can get them checked out.

Be Aware Of Possible Fertility Issues

Women’s fertility can impact their health a great deal, and it also plays a big part in how easy they find it to conceive. Of course, fertility problems shouldn’t always be blamed on the woman, as it’s also necessary for men to get a basic semen analysis if they are finding it hard to conceive with their partner. The issue could be due to a low sperm count. If you are thinking about starting a family, you might want to get your fertility checked out to see if you should expect any problems. It’s also worth ruling out related health conditions too, such as poly cystic ovary syndrome and endometriosis, as these can reduce a couple’s chances of conceiving. 

Go To Your Cervical Cancer Screening

Cervical cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in women today. It isn’t just a cancer that older women need to worry about, as is usually the case, and women are at risk of it as soon as they reach their twenties. Thankfully, every woman is eligible for a cervical cancer screening as soon as they are in their early twenties. These screenings are carried out every three years, but they aren’t obligatory. However, it’s really important that you do attend as they can pick up the cancer in its very early stages. In fact, in some cases, they can even detect the pre-cancer cells before the disease has fully developed. So, as you can see, it’s really important to go for your screening so that any treatment is administered before it is too late.

The Bone Density Check

Women can lose quite a bit of their bone density as they grow older. This can then affect them in middle age when they are more prone to diseases like osteoporosis. In fact, if you are already in your thirties, you will have lost some of your bone density already. Don’t worry, there are ways you can protect your bones. One of the best things you can do is continue with plenty of exercise. It’s also advisable to take a daily vitamin C and D supplement, as these vitamins are essential for good bone health. Once you reach your sixties, you will be invited for a bone density test by your doctor.

Keep Up With Your Eye Exams

One part of our health that we regularly take for granted is our eye health. As we age, our eyesight will get weaker, and there is a chance we will need to start wearing glasses. So, it’s important that you go to an annual eye exam so that an eye expert can examine your peepers and make sure they are still working as they should. It’s also important that you do actually start wearing glasses if you are told to do so. Not wearing them when you need them will only make your eyes weaker.

Get All Your Shots

When we think of immunizations, we often think that only children need them. However, that is not the case. In fact, adults still need to get some shots, especially if they are travelling to exotic locations where certain diseases are still rife. It’s worth checking a travel guide to figure out which kinds of shots you need when traveling to a certain country. Other vaccines against common illnesses like the flu are also available to most adult women.

Watch Your Oral Health

Another aspect of health that women often take for granted is oral hygiene. As we age, the state of our teeth and gums can get quite worse, especially if you have a diet that is high in sugar. Whenever possible, make sure you book an appointment with your local dentist so that you can get examined and they can discuss your best oral health options with you.

There are lots of health issues that women need to consider throughout their lives, but these are some of the most pressing ones. Make sure you never risk anything when it comes to your health! Including myself, I'm making sure I don't forget about getting these things checked for myself. Currently my sister is going through her own health issues now in her mid-forties. Of course its really scary and concerning and makes you wonder and start thinking of all the things you need to do to prevent the worst case scenario.

Again I'm no expert or doctor but I do my research and I want to share the Intel that I come across, this is currently heavy on my heart and with the holidays coming up we as busy moms and wives tend to become very selfless and forget about ourselves. Or tend to push back on our appointments. So I'm here to remind you not to and keep those appointments, or schedule them if needed.

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