National Women’s Check-up Day May 13th

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Mark your calendar this month for May 13th, National Women’s Check-up Day! This day was created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to remind women that they need to schedule appointments with their health care providers and to remind them to take control of their health and wellness. This day falls on the second Monday of May every year as part of National Women’s Health Week.

By taking control of your health, you can help find problems early on, explore proper screenings and exams for your age, and take back the reins on achieving the health and wellness goals you may have set back in the cold, dreary month of January. Take today to schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider then check out our handy checklist for what you should discuss with your doctor at your yearly appointment based on your age bracket.

Women in Their 20’s and 30’s should talk to their doctor about:

  • Plans for pregnancy in the next year or birth control options
  • Their current weight, diet, and physical activity level
  • Alcohol and tobacco use
  • Mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety
  • Family heath history, especially cancer as earlier testing may be necessary
  • Any domestic violence and how to seek help

Women in their 20’s and 30’s should ask their doctor if they need any of the following tests

  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Pap smears
  • STD testing, especially HIV testing and chlamydia and gonorrhea testing

Women in Their 40’s should talk to their doctor about:

  • Plans for pregnancy in the next year or birth control options (specifically those for premenopausal women)
  • Perimenopause symptoms
  • Their current weight, diet, and physical activity level
  • Alcohol and tobacco use
  • Mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety
  • Family heath history, especially cancer as earlier testing may be necessary
  • Any domestic violence and how to seek help

Women in their 40’s should ask their doctor if they need any of the following tests

  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Mammograms
  • Pap smears
  • STD/HIV testing

Women in their 50’s should talk to their doctor about:

  • Menopause symptoms
  • Their current weight, diet, and physical activity level
  • Alcohol and tobacco use
  • Mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety
  • Family heath history, especially cancer as earlier testing may be necessary
  • Any domestic violence and how to seek help

Women in their 50’s should ask their doctor if they need any of the following tests :

  • Blood Pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Lung Cancer (55 and older and if you smoke now or quit within the last 15 years)
  • Mammogram
  • Pap smears
  • Osteoporosis
  • STD/HIV testing

Women in Their 60’s, 70’s, and Beyond should talk to their doctor about:

  • Their current weight, diet, and physical activity level
  • Alcohol and tobacco use
  • Mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety
  • Family heath history, especially cancer as earlier testing may be necessary
  • Any domestic violence and how to seek help
  • Discuss who will make health care decisions if they are unable to

Women in their 60’s and older should ask their doctor if they need any of the following tests:

  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Lung Cancer (55 and older and if you smoke now or quit within the last 15 years)
  • Mammogram
  • Pap smears
  • Osteoporosis
  • Shingles
  • STD/HIV testing