Women: Stay Healthy at Any Age:
What Screenings Do You Need?
Screenings are tests that look for diseases before you have symptoms. Cheking
blood pressure and mammograms are examples of screenings. You can get some
screenings, such as blood pressure readings, in Health and Wellness Clinic
office. Others, such as mammograms, need special equipment, so you may need to
go to a different office in the hospital. After a screening test, ask when you
will see the results and who to talk to about them.
Ask your Health and Wellness Clinic team whether a mammogram is right for you
based on your age, family history, overall health, and personal concerns.
Have a Pap smear every 1 to 3 years if you are 21 to 65 years old and have been
sexually active. If you are older than 65 and recent Pap smears were normal, you
do not need a Pap smear. If you have had a hysterectomy for a reason other than
cancer, you do not need a Pap smear.
Chlamydia and Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
If you have an STD, it’s important to get treatment right away. Anyone you have
sex with may also need treatment, or you could get infected again. Most people
who have an STD don’t have any symptoms. Getting tested is the only way to know
for sure if you have an STD. Sexually transmitted diseases can make it hard to
get pregnant, may affect your baby, and can cause other health problems.
- Have a screening test for Chlamydia if you are 24 or younger and sexually
active. If you are older than 24, talk to your health care team about being
screened for Chlamydia.
- Ask your Health and Wellness Clinic team whether you should be screened for
other sexually transmitted diseases.