Spirit of Women National

SUM 2016

Spirit of Women magazine is a national publication presented to women by hospitals and their physicians. The magazine provides up-to-date, evidence-based healthcare information and promotes our hospitals as leaders in women's health excellence.

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In your 20s Now is the time to turn your awareness of good health into ACTION. General health Full checkup Including weight and height. Sleep habits Discuss at your annual exam. Thyroid (TSH) test Discuss with your doctor or nurse. HIV screening Get this test if you are at risk for HIV infection (unprotected sex, sexually transmitted disease, or used drugs with needles). Heart health Blood pressure test At least every two years. Cholesterol panel Total, LDL, HDL and triglycerides. Bone health Bone density screen None. Diabetes Blood glucose or A1c test Get screened if you have sustained blood pressure greater than 135/80, take medicine for high blood pressure, or are at risk for developing diabetes. Breast health Breast self-exam Become familiar with your breasts so you can identify any changes and discuss with your doctor or nurse. Mammogram None. Clinical breast exam At least every three years. Reproductive health Pap test At least every three years. Pelvic exam Yearly, beginning at age 21. Sexually transmitted infection (STI) tests Both partners should get tested for STIs, including HIV, before initiating sexual intercourse. Get a chlamydia test yearly until age 24 if sexually active. After age 25, get this test if you have new or multiple partners. Mental health screening Discuss with your doctor or nurse. Eye and ear health Comprehensive eye exam Discuss with your doctor. Hearing test Every 10 years. Skin health Skin exam Monthly self-exam of skin and moles and as part of a routine full checkup with your doctor or nurse. Oral health Dental cleaning and exam Every 12- 24 months; discuss with your dentist. Immunizations Seasonal influenza vaccine Yearly. Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis booster vaccine Every 10 years. Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Up to age 26, if your vaccine series is incomplete, discuss with your doctor or nurse. Meningococcal vaccine Discuss with your doctor or nurse if you are a college student or military recruit. Your Health through the Decades

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