As women, we tend to worry and stress over everyone around us, we want to make sure they’re all doing okay, and most times we forget that we also need to take care of ourselves and our health.

Even if you feel well, there are some potential health problems that women need to watch out for, and regular checks help with early detection and treatment.

Every woman should get these checks regularly:

PAP SMEAR

Women over 21 are advised to get Pap smears every 3 years. A Pap smear tests for precancerous cells in the cervix to detect the potential for cervical cancer.

MAMMOGRAM

A mammogram is a breast X-ray exam that detects cancers, benign tumors, and cysts before they can be detected through touch.

CHOLESTEROL CHECK

A cholesterol test will determine the risk of heart disease or stroke. You should have the cholesterol tested at least once every five years if you are 20 years of age or older.

BLOOD GLUCOSE LEVEL

You can detect diabetes or pre-diabetes by checking the blood glucose level. Even if you don’t have diabetes, the tests can help your doctor figure out dietary changes that you need to make for better health.

HORMONE PANEL

The most common hormonal problem in women of reproductive age is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Most women don’t even know that they have PCOS until they’re trying to get pregnant.

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING 

It is best to have it checked regularly for early detection of high blood pressure. It is important to monitor your blood pressure because the higher your blood pressure, the greater the risk of heart disease.

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