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Checklist for a Complete Medical Check: Women

by on January 22, 2012 >> 21 Comments
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No matter how healthy we are, or think we are, we need to have regular medical checkups. We also need to make sure we follow our doctor’s directives and keep our appointments with them. Of course, getting second and third opinions before going ahead with a huge decision they have made – such as surgery, is vitally important and must always be considered. Also, as women many of us are not fully aware of our own health care needs and often depend on gynecologists for information about our own body. Knowing the medical checks needed, the age at which they must be done, and getting them done is a huge plus towards ensuring ourselves a healthier lifespan.

The Physical Exam:

Height and weight check
Hearing and vision check
Breast exam
Pelvic and rectal exam
Heart and lung check
Blood pressure reading

Basic Medical Tests:

Blood Glucose Test
This test measures the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood from a blood sample. Abnormally high level of glucose suggests the possibility of diabetes, which is a prompt that other tests must be done in order to rule out that possibility, or confirm so that proper treatment can begin.

Cholesterol Test
This test measures the amount of cholesterol in the blood from a blood sample. High levels of cholesterol in the blood indicate an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. When this happens, a drastic change will need to be made to the diet to cut all Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) and start eating healthier, as well as doing other things your doctor order so as to get your cholesterol and overall health back in good standing.

Mammography
This special x-ray is designed to reveal abnormalities, such as tumors or cysts, within the breast tissues. This is important as it can pick up on the abnormalities in the earliest stage which is likely to make treatment more favorable.

Pap Smear
Pap smears detect evidence of cancerous or precancerous changes in the cervix. This test is done by gently scraping cells from the surface of the cervix which is then sent to the laboratory where it is examined under a microscope.

Proctoscopy or Sigmoidoscopy
This test is designed to examine the lower gastrointestinal tract for cancer, colitis or rectal polyps. It is done by inserting a tubular instrument through the rectum into the colon enabling the physician to check for abnormalities.

Stool Blood Test or Occult Blood Test
This test detects very small amounts of blood in the stool that might indicate early signs of colon cancer. This test can either be done at home or at the physician’s office. It is done by taking smears from three different bowel movements after several days on a meat-free diet.

Some of the tests may be a little uncomfortable, but if something is there that was not treated because the particular test was not done, think of the pain it will cause you when it escalates to that point where the pain eventually summons you to the doctor.
Also, do not create health problems for yourself by trying to do too much. Be sure that you get enough sleep, eat well, and keep reasonable hours during the working week.

Important Tests by Age:

Women between Ages 18 – 40

Women between this age range should visit their doctor at least every 5 years for a complete checkup, including the following tests/immunizations. They should also have a pap smear for two successive years beginning at age 18.

Checkup
Pap smear
Blood glucose test (once during these years)
Mammography (one baseline test between ages 35 – 40)
Tetanus immunization (every 10 years)
Polio, rubella, pneumococcal immunizations (when indicated)

Women between Ages 41 – 59

Women between this age range should have a complete checkup every 2 to 3 years, plus the following tests.

Checkup
Pap smear
Cholesterol test (every 3 years after a baseline test at age 40)
Blood glucose test (yearly after age 50)
Stool blood test (yearly after age 50)
Mammography (every 1 to 2 years up to age 50, yearly after age 50)
Tetanus immunization (every 10 years)
Endometrium sample (doctor must ensure you are not at risk before taking this sample)
Proctoscopy (every 3 years after age 50)

Women Age 60 and Over

Have a complete checkup at least every 1 to 2 years, plus the following tests.

Checkup
Pap smear
Cholesterol test (every 3 years)
Blood glucose test (yearly)
Stool blood test (yearly)
Mammography (yearly)
Tetanus immunization (every 10 years)
Influenza immunization (yearly after age 65)
Pneumococcal immunization (doctor must ensure you are not at risk before giving you this shot)
Proctoscopy (every 3 years)

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21 Responses to Checklist for a Complete Medical Check: Women

  1. Marie on January 25, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Indeed Anna, prevention is the key to staying healthy; knowing what needs to be done, and doing them will aid the prevention.

    Thank you.
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  2. Nicholle Olores on January 31, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Awesome list ahead. It is good to know about this kind of information about the accurate medical check up of a woman this will help me. Thanks!
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    • Marie on February 9, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      Absolutely Nicholle! Knowing is the the first step in the right direction towards a healthier you.

      Thanks for contributing.

  3. Catwoman on February 7, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Such an informative article, thanks for sharing this! It reminded me that I haven’t seen my doctor for a couple of years, it’s time for a complete checkup!
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  4. Marie on February 12, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Hello Alexandra, I have heard that so many times and I do not have the answer. However, we just have to be proactive with the men in our lives – make appointments for them and accompany them to the appointments.

    Also, try and explain to them that although they do not feel ill, something could be going wrong on their inside and their doctor’s visit could indeed catch it in its earliest stage. They need to have their “feeling of wellness” confirmed by a doctor.

    Knowing what is going on inside our body is a huge step in our prevention effort.

    Thanks for your input.
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  5. S R Surgeons on February 13, 2012 at 3:34 am

    I agree with you that medical should be carried out on a regular basis in order to stay away from any complications or disease.

    • Marie on February 26, 2012 at 2:26 am

      Regular medical check is the only way to ensure we are indeed healthy if we feel we are, and the only way to catch any developing illness before it is too late.
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  6. Tammy on February 25, 2012 at 7:13 am

    The list is vital for any woman. It reminds me to see my doctor. Thanks a lot for sharing such informative post. :)
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  7. John on February 25, 2012 at 7:16 am

    I forgot to check up my wife’s health for a long days. You have helped me to do this. Grateful for your nice post.
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  8. Tammy on February 28, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I am so much pleased with Marie. I get my solution of any problem whenever I tell it here. Great service Marie. :)
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  9. Katherine on March 17, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Another informative post, thank you!

    I have a sense of fear for the mammography. I believe they have a less invasive method to check the breast for abnormalities that I hope I can afford when I get to that point.

    • Marie on February 8, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      They absolutely do Katherine! Expensive, but worth it if you can afford it.

      All the very best!

  10. Mohammed @ Dental Instruments on May 2, 2012 at 3:35 am

    A full check up for females includes a comprehensive work-up for overall wellness, including heart illnesses, cholesterol, diabetes, major body organ functions, brittle bones and common malignancies like liver body organ and cancer of the colon. A comprehensive list of medical and wellness checks that should be performed by females when visiting the doctor.

    • Marie on February 8, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      Hello Mohammed, thanks for your contribution!

  11. Freda Burdos on June 18, 2012 at 8:56 am

    This is a pretty complete and informative list. We actually need to know what to do. It is really recommended to visit a doctor every year, just to be on the safe side.
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    • Marie on February 8, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      Hi Freda, better to be safe than sorry. Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Juliet Sills on June 23, 2015 at 4:06 am

    Always the last thing many women stay on top of, but the most important thing that they should. Must find time for self!

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