Saturday, July 11, 2015

Screening Tests for Women’s Sexual Health

Female sexual health is a complex subject. Sexual health depends on a woman’s health history, general physical health and mental health. It would be a good idea to get regular medical check-ups and screenings to prevent further health problems. All of the female health issues are treatable if detected at an early stage.

Why Testing: Female Sexual Health Concerns
Preventive health screenings and regular health care visits are important. They save women’s lives. They have better sexual health and the quality of their life.
In this article, we have listed how women should get tested on average. You should get screened more often if you have any particular disease or risk factors like a problematic health history or family health history.

What to Check: Screenings Every Woman Needs
Bone Density
Some health issues may not sound like sexual health or sexual dysfunction problems, yet they are gender specific. Think about bone mineral density. Once you are over 65, you should get a bone mineral density test every year to prevent osteoporosis. A bone density test can show how much calcium and other bone minerals your bones have.

Osteoporosis is a condition that means your bones contain fewer minerals than they should, so they are fragile and they fracture easily. The condition is related to the way your ovaries function. Clinical studies have proven that those women who had their ovaries removed are more prone to osteoporosis when they hit their senior years.

If your health care provider detects your bone density problem early, they can treat it, and they can prevent bone loss. You do not want fragile, weak bones for your old days. After a certain age, bones do not heal easily; a broken bone may have serious consequences.

Breast Health Screening
Breast health is a typical female health concern. If you are over 20, get a clinical breast exam in every 3 years. After 40, you should get a clinical breast exam and a mammogram every 1 to 2 years. If your doctor notices the signs and symptoms of breast cancer early and you get the proper medical care and treatment, you will have good chances to make a full recovery.

Sexual Health
If you are a woman above 20, get a pelvic exam every year. It helps your health care provider detect any developing disease or health problem within your reproductive system.

If you are a woman at the age of 20 to 65, get a Pap test every 3 to 5 years. If you are above 30, get both a Pap test and a human papilloma virus test every 5 years. The two tests together are more effective in recognizing the early signs of developing cervical cancer.

If you have always received reassuring results and you are over 65, you do not have to get screened, since you are not at risk of cervical cancer. If you had a hysterectomy, which means you had your uterus and cervix removed, ask your doctor if you have to get screened in the future.

If you are younger than 25, you should get screened every year for chlamydia. If you are over 25, get tested for chlamydia if you have a new sex partner or you have more sex partners.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases
If you have a new partner, ask for a STD test from your sex partner and get tested yourself. You want to prevent diseases like HIV, HPV, gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia.