Women’s Wellness

Women’s health issues are complex and unique to men because their bodies endure different changes. These distinct health issues come with pregnancy, menopause, and other conditions of the female organs. The most important step that women can take to remain healthy is by getting preventative health screenings. Screenings help with early detection, which often make treating illnesses less difficult and more effective.

All women should receive the following health screenings and tests:

  • Breast cancer screening (mammogram)
  • Cervical cancer screening (pap test)
  • Blood pressure test
  • Cholesterol test
  • Bone mineral density test/ osteoporosis screening
  • Chlamydia test
  • Colorectal cancer screening (using fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy)
  • Diabetes screening
  • Gonorrhea test
  • HIV test
  • Syphilis test

Aside from receiving preventative health screenings, there are several other steps women can take to better their overall health:

  • Receive regular checkups each year
  • Stay up-to-date on recommended vaccinations
  • Stay active and exercise regularly
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Pay attention to mental health, which includes getting enough sleep and managing stress.
  • Avoid smoking and limit alcohol consumption
  • Do not text while driving
  • Wear a seatbelt or bicycle helmet
  • Discuss your family history, family planning, and personal habits with your physician
  • Set health goals for yourself
  • When pregnant, get early and regular prenatal care

Taking preventative measures or getting diagnosed early is the best and most effective way of staying healthy. Getting recommended health screenings and regular checkups will help with early detection. Many preventative health screenings can be administered at no cost to you under the Affordable Care Act. To see which screenings apply, visit https://www.healthcare.gov/preventive-care-benefits/


Jaime Venditti, State Coordinator, New York Health Works