Women’s health screenings
The following tests are recommended for women at various stages throughout their lives. Talk to your health provider to tailor these recommendations to you.
Have your blood pressured at least every once every two years if it is in the healthy range (under 120/80) or once a year if it is above normal (between 120/80 and 139/89).
Get this test at least once at age 65 or after. Talk to your doctor or nurse about getting tested if you’re younger than 65 and about repeat testing.
Mammography every two years for women ages 50-74. If you are 75 or older, ask your doctor or nurse if you need to continue having mammograms.
A Pap test is recommended every three years for women 21-65 who have a cervix. At age 30, a pap test and HPV test every 5 years is an option. If you are 65 or older, ask your doctor or nurse if you need to keep having Pap tests.
Recommended for women ages 50-75. Talk to your doctor about which screening test (fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy) or combination of tests is best for you, how often you need it/them and if you should continue having these tests after 75.
Get tested for diabetes if your blood pressure is higher than 135/80 or if you take medicine for high blood pressure.
Get tested for HIV/AIDS at least once after age 20 or earlier if you are at high risk for being infected by the human immunodeficiency virus. Discuss further testing with your doctor.
- Lipid profile (total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, and triglycerides)
Starting at age 20, women at increased risk for developing heart disease should have regular cholesterol tests.
Annual testing with low-dose computed tomography between ages 55-80 if you have smoked the equivalent of a pack a day for 30 years and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.
- Sexually transmitted infections (Chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis)
Get tested for chlamydia yearly through age 24 if you are sexually active or pregnant. After age 25, get tested for chlamydia and other sexually transmitted diseases if you are at increased risk for getting a sexually transmitted infection.
Source: Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School
Women’s Health at MRH
Women’s Health is located in the southwest corner of the hospital. For an appointment, call 970-826-8230.
To improve your physical and mental health, you can:
- Visit a doctor or nurse for a well-woman visit (checkup), preventive screenings and vaccines.
- Get active.
- Eat healthy.
- Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.
- Practice safe behaviors, such as quitting smoking, not texting while driving and taking steps to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health.