Women’s anatomy is very complex. Throughout their lifetime, women go through miraculous changes. Phases like menarche, pregnancy, postpartum, & menopause are very drastic. They affect women’s lives completely. Their physical attributes, mental health, immune system, and endocrine system are constantly facing changes. During puberty, women undergo bodily changes and the onset of menstruation where all the hormones are often in chaos. During pregnancy they are growing a life inside, hence their immune system is constantly affected. They face issues like hair loss or are in an extremely fragile mental state. Similarly, the onset of menopause is as challenging as the phases. Therefore, once they hit their 40s, they must undergo a few very important tests to protect their well-being. It is very important to undergo a full body checkup.  

We have curated a list of the 5 most important health checkups for women:

Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is more common in postmenopausal women. These types of cancer arise due to changes in the DNA of cells that lead to developing cancer. Get screened for ovarian cancer before you go through menopause to minimise your risk. Checks should include routine ultrasounds and tumour markers such as CA1.25 and CEA. You can easily see the early onset of the disease.

Comprehensive Breast Examination, Mammography

breast cancer treatment anchorage ak Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death in India. The holy grail of women health checkup says that the risk of breast cancer increases with age. All ageing women should have a mammography/ultrasound scan and follow the recommended guidelines. A clinical examination of the breasts by a qualified doctor for early detection of lumps etc. is mandatory to detect any abnormalities. Tests for BRCA mutations are best suggested for assessing susceptibility to breast and ovarian cancer, particularly if cancer runs in your family.

Bone Mineral Density Test:

The fact is if you’re a woman; you’re mechanically at a larger risk for osteoporosis than men. This happens because of declining levels of the endocrine steroid hormone that plays a protecting role on bones in ladies. It is a chronic condition of the bones. The important minerals like Ca trickle from the bones, creating them weak and brittle. As per the International Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis affects around two hundred million women throughout the globe. Therefore, it is essential to get a check-up done regularly before and after women reach the age of 40.

Cervical Cancer Screening:

You should start screening for cervical cancer at age 21. Women aged thirty to sixty-five should undergo a Pap test at an interval of three years or an HPV test at an interval of five years. If you or your sexual partner have other new partners, you should have a Pap test every 3 years. Women aged 65 to 70 can do without Pap tests as long as they have had 3 normal tests in the last 10 years. If you had a total hysterectomy, i.e. removed your uterus and cervix, and have not been diagnosed with cervical cancer, you do not need a Pap test.

Diabetes, Obesity, and Hypertension Screening:

These tests are quite routine. Any individual crossing the threshold of 40 should get a blood sugar test, a lipid profile, and Hb-A1C done to diagnose diabetes, pre-diabetes and allied conditions.

You can easily book an at-home screening for a full body health checkup. These checkups usually include the above-mentioned screenings. The full body checkup price can vary from lab to lab, but usually, they are not priced very high. It is important to check your health especially if you are a woman who is undergoing menopause.