Remembering to do regular health check-ups can be difficult – particularly for women in their 20s and 30s where issues including high cholesterol might not seem relevant.
Though, it’s incredibly important to maintain these health checks as they can have a big impact during later years.
According to the home doctor experts at House Call Doctor, here are six health checks younger women should be adding to their list.
It’s important for women in their 20s or 30s, particularly those who are sexually active, to book a urine test each year to check for STIs including chlamydia.
As chlamydia often doesn’t show symptoms, making sure you have regular health checks is very important. It’s also highly recommended you are screened for STIs if you have a new sexual partner.
Consult with your regular GP every year or two for a blood pressure check. If you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, you should consult with your GP more regularly to ensure you are healthy.
It’s also recommended you ask for advice or tips from your GP to lower your cholesterol or blood pressure levels – particularly factors you can control, such as diet.
Although you might not be wanting to have children now, making sure there are no complications with your reproductive health is important for future plans for have a baby.
Depending on what your GP advises, you may need to have tests including ultrasound scans, blood tests and urine tests.
Women 25 and over are encouraged to be screened every five years to maintain their cervical health. If there are complications, your GP may advise you to have cervical screenings more regularly.
Teeth, eyes and hearing
It’s recommended you have a check-up once a year with a dentist, optometrist and audiologist to ensure there are no issues with your teeth, vision or hearing.