Top 7 Health Tests for Women

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Being a woman in today’s world can be quite difficult. Not only are we trying to climb the corporate ladder, we’re busy taking care of our families and trying to fit in a girl’s night somewhere. We’re usually last on our list of priorities and we don’t think about our health until we are exhausted or ill. I want to make sure that you are the healthiest that you can be. Here are some medical tests that should be completed and other lifestyle factors to ensure optimal health and help you feel like superwoman!

PHYSICAL EXAMS

Routine Physical

A physical exam is important because it helps doctors get a sense of your baseline health and conduct appropriate diagnostic screenings for your age.

Gynecological exam

Reproductive and sexual health is important too! Few of us look forward to getting a PAP test done, but it is incredibly important if you’re sexually active.

Guidelines in Ontario recommend that:

  • All women over the age of 21, who are or have been sexually active, have a PAP test done. Being sexually active refers to intercourse and/or oral and/or digital activity involving the genital area with a partner or either gender.
  • If results come back normal, then your next PAP exam should be in 3 years
  • By the time you reach 70 years old screening can stop, just as long as your past tests have been negative.

For more information about Ontario’s Cervical Screening Program, click here.

Breast exam

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Canadian women. If you haven’t paid much attention to your breasts, now is the time to start!

Before you hop into the shower, take a good look at your breasts. You are paying attention to:

  • Any lumps or dimpling
  • Changes in your nipple or any fluid leaking from the nipple
  • Any skin changes or redness that does not go away.

Women between the ages of 50 and 74 should be getting a mammogram every 2 years. However, if you are between 30 and 69 years old and think you might be high risk, you should talk to your doctor. High risk factors include: carrying the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, having a first degree relative with one of those genes and has declined genetic testing.

For more information about Ontario’s Breast Screening Program, click here.

BLOOD WORK

Iron

Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in women around the world. How do we lose so much iron? If you guessed our menstrual cycle – you would be correct! An iron deficiency can lead to unwelcome symptoms such as hair loss, fatigue, cold hands and feet and pallor.

This nutritional deficiency can be remedied through a good quality iron supplement, and levels can return to normal in about 3-6 months. If you’re thinking of becoming pregnant in the near future, it would be wise to get your blood levels tested (we offer this service!) because a baby uses the mother’s iron stores for his or her developmental needs.

B12

When it comes to making red blood cells, DNA, nerves, and keeping us energized throughout the day, our bodies rely on B12. This is a vitamin that we can only get through supplementation or animal products – something to keep in mind if you’re vegan or vegetarian.

Low B12 may lead to unwelcome symptoms including weakness, fatigue, difficulty thinking, memory loss, tingling or numbing of your extremities. It may also be indicative of a food absorption problem! This can also be fixed through dietary changes or via a supplement. If it so happens that it’s an absorption problem – no worries, we can fix that too!

OTHER

Menstrual Cycle

If you aren’t tracking your period – now is the time to start! There are many user-friendly period apps (I use Period Tracker Lite) that you can download onto your smartphone. To learn more about the normals associated with your period, check out this video.

Food Sensitivities

Hands up if you don’t want to be bloated, gassy, or generally uncomfortable after a meal. Food sensitivities are so common that many people are now gluten and dairy free. By identifying food sensitivities and removing the offending foods, you lessen inflammation within your body, experience better digestion, decrease your headaches and feel better overall. To learn more about food sensitivities, click here.

Did you know that NDs can order perform routine physicals and breast exams, order blood work including an IgG food test? Book an appointment with us to find out more! We want you feeling your best as you tackle all that life is throwing your way!

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