Health Checks Women Need At Each Age

Whether you are in your 20s or your 70s, being proactive about your health is incredibly important. While we embrace our strength and resilience as women, it’s also important to make time to care for ourselves. Here we explore the essential health checks we need at each age. From breast and cervical cancer screenings to bone density checks and mental health assessments, we’ll cover it all. Early detection is key to tackling health challenges head-on.

In Your 20s and 30s

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that any sexually active female under the age of 25 receive at least annual screenings for gonorrhea and chlamydia because a majority of cases in the United States occur in this age group. They also recommend women 25 years and older with risk factors such as new or multiple sex partners or a sex partner who has an STD should also be tested for gonorrhea and chlamydia every year.

If you think you may have been exposed, it’s important to seek help. Our care centers can provide you with discreet, confidential testing for STDs.

During the Pap test, your provider will use a plastic or metal instrument, called a speculum, to look inside your vagina. This helps your provider to examine the vagina and the cervix and collect a few cells from the cervix for testing. These cells are then sent to a laboratory for testing. In some cases, an HPV test may be recommended. This is completed in a similar manner but looks for HPV in the cervical cells.

From the ages of 21-29 a Pap test alone is recommended every 3 years. From ages 30-65, any of the following is acceptable screening: a Pap test alone every 3 years, HPV testing alone every 5 years or co-testing, meaning a Pap test completed in conjunction with the HPV test.

Your Axia Women’s Health provider can help you determine your personal screening plan.

In Your 40s

Axia Women’s Health is here to support you in making caring for your breast health as convenient as possible. Many of our care centers now offer in-suite 3D mammography or are located within a short drive to an Axia Women’s Health mammography center. Click here for more information on our imaging locations.

In Your 50s

The fluctuation in hormones during this time can lead to symptoms including hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, mood changes, sleep difficulties, decreased libido, and vaginal dryness.

If you’re struggling with symptoms of menopause, it’s important to speak up. There are a variety of treatment options that may be able to help. Your Axia Women’s Health provider is here to help answer questions and support you as you enter this new chapter in your life!

In Your 60s and Beyond

Osteoporosis affects 8 million women in the U.S. and can result in painful bone fractures. A bone density screening is the only test that can actually diagnose osteoporosis before a fracture occurs. It’s recommended that women over the age of 65 or who have an increased risk-factor for osteoporosis receive this screening.

At Any Age

At Axia Women’s Health, we now offer counseling and behavioral health services in a confidential, convenient environment for our patients. As a patient, you can sign-up for support directly from our website or by talking to your Axia Women’s Health provider.

Taking charge of your health throughout every decade of life is more than just checking things off your to-do list. It’s an empowering way to help you feel your best and ensure you can be there for others. Remember, early detection is key, and early intervention can make all the difference. So, schedule your appointments, don’t be afraid to ask questions, and celebrate every step you take towards a healthier, happier you. Remember, you’re worth it!

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