It is recommended that all women aged 18 and over attend their GP every 2 years for a Women’s Health Check.
It is recommended that a thirty minute consultation is booked so that several checks and discussions can be done.
This test involves taking a small sample of cells from the cervix to be tested for cell changes. While a little uncomfortable, the pap test is quick and simple, and allows for the detection of cell changes which can then be treated. All women who have ever been sexually active in their lifetimes need to have regular pap tests, even if they are no longer sexually active. Women are generally screened from the ages of 18 through to age 70.
During a Women’s Health Check, a breast examination is also conducted. Once women turn 50 years of age, mammogram screening is also arranged at this time.
In women who feel that it is relevant to them, sexually transmitted disease screening can be conducted during the consultation. As STDs can occur without the woman experiencing symptoms, screening is offered as part of a women’s health check, as is a discussion about safe sex practices.
Women are also invited to discuss other matters that may be of concern to them. These may include:
- Contraceptive Options
- Mood disorders or symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Other preventative health measures such as blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes checks.