92017Oct
ESSENTIAL MEDICAL CHECKS FOR WOMEN (late Teens and 20’s)

ESSENTIAL MEDICAL CHECKS FOR WOMEN (late Teens and 20’s)

BLOOD PRESSURE TEST: This is a simple and quick procedure, it is a routine test usually done at every visit to the doctor without you even having to ask. Values should be below 140/90. If you are overweight or have a family history of High blood pressure make sure you are tested more frequently.
SKIN EXAM: Your doctor will examine your skin for irregular moles or skin colour. He/she may suggest you see a dermatologist if anything suspicious is seen. It is recommended you this exam once every three years between the ages of 20 and 40.
 
BREASTS EXAMINATION
It’s not too soon to be aware of breast cancer. It is recommended that you examine your breasts for unusual lumps or bumps once a month right after your period ends and have your gynaecologist examine your breasts every three years once you turn 20. If there is a history of breast cancer in your family, ask your doctor about when to start having mammograms.
 
 
TESTING FOR STD’S
Ask your physician about being tested for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) as well as other common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhoea and hepatitis B.
 
DENTAL EXAM
Visit the dentist regularly to have your teeth cleaned and examined for a cavity.
 
PAP SMEAR AND PELVIC EXAM
when you turn 20 or become sexually active, it’s time to schedule a pelvic examination and Pap test. During the exam, your doctor will first look at your external genitalia for signs of irritation or disease, examine your ovaries, uterus and fallopian tubes to make sure they are healthy, perform a rectal exam to check for abnormalities in the wall separating the rectum and vagina Next, your doctor will perform a Pap test to check your cervix for abnormal cells that could indicate a precancerous condition. She/he will scrape cells from your cervix and cervical canal in a quick and painless procedure. (If anything ever hurts during the exam, tell your doctor immediately.) The Pap test is particularly important to have if you are or have been sexually active: it can help diagnose human papillomavirus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted disease that can cause cervical cancer. Most doctors recommend a pelvic exam once a year.