Complete Women's Health Checklist for Women Aged 18-39
GETTING AHEAD OF WOMEN’S HEALTH ISSUES BEFORE THEY APPEAR
Like all children, young girls only really have to worry about seeing their primary care physician annually. Until, suddenly and abruptly, girls and teens are recommended to start seeing other specialists as early as 12 or 13 years old. Whether it be seeing an OB/GYN for reproductive health, or a dermatologist for acne, women generally start attending specialized appointments outside of their regular family practice fairly young.
Because of this young start, many women generally aren’t surprised to find that their list of additional exams and screenings grows longer as they grow older.
Our Complete Women’s Health Checklist for women aged 18 to 39 compiles all of the tests, screenings, exams, and vaccines you need to organize your appointments by breaking them up into easy-to-understand categories by purpose and frequency.
While you’re equipped to simply sit down and get to calling your doctor to schedule checkups and tests, it’s definitely helpful to know what exactly you’ve just scheduled, and why it’s important you get it done! Read on for some further information about the recommended screenings, checkups, and vaccines you can find in our Women’s Health Checklist for Women Aged 18-39.
- Complete Health Exam
An assessment of overall health utilizing tests which are often ordered during your annual wellness visit in order to evaluate health concerns common among men.
- Clinical Breast Exam
A physical examination of the breasts performed by a physician to check for any lumps or changes to detect breast cancer.
- Skin Check
A head to toe skin examination and discussion of your concerns and medical history with a physician done either as a part of your routine annual check up, or with a dermatologist.
- BMI Check
A calculation of a person’s body fat percentage using height and weight used to screen for risk factors that may lead to health problems.
- Cervical Cytology
Also called a Pap test or Pap smear, a cervical cytology is the study of cells taken from the cervix using a microscope to detect changes in the cells of the cervix that could lead to cancer.
- Blood Pressure Screening
A measurement of the pressure in your arteries as your heart pumps which is done by placing a stethoscope over the major artery in your upper arm to listen to blood flow while an arm cuff is inflated with air.
- Human Papillomavirus Infection (HPV) Vaccine
A vaccination that prevents cancer-causing infections and precancers.
- Whooping Cough Vaccine
A vaccination that prevents against whooping cough, diphtheria, and tetanus.
- Flu Shot
An annual vaccination that prevents the influenza virus.
- Tetanus Booster
A vaccination that prevents against tetanus, an infection caused by Clostridium tetani bacteria.
- Hepatitis-C Test
A blood test, called the HCV antibody test, which screens to see if you have ever been infected with the Hepatitis-C virus.
- OB/GYN Health Exam
An assessment with your OB/GYN healthcare provider which includes a pelvic exam, a Pap smear, a breast exam, and an assessment of your overall health status.
- Fasting glucose and lipid profile CBC, ALT/-AST, Free+Total Testosterone (Recommended for transgender women)
Fasting glucose and lipid profile: A blood test including measurements for cholesterol and a measurement of your fasting blood sugar level.
- ALT/-AST: A Blood test which measures different types of liver enzymes to detect liver damage.
- Free+Total Testosterone: A blood test that measures the levels of free testosterone (testosterone that is not attached to a protein) and total testosterone (includes both free testosterone and testosterone attached to a protein) in your blood used to diagnose various conditions.
- STD Screening
A blood test used to find out if you have been infected with a sexually transmitted disease.
To learn more about self exams, check out the following resources:
Oral Self Exam Guidelines
Skin Self Exam Guidelines
Breast Self Exam Guidelines