Regular health checks with your primary care physician and OB/GYN can help identify early signs of illness and potentially life-threatening diseases. Not only will early detection ensure you receive prompt treatment, but it also increases your chances for a positive outcome.
"Staying on top of your routine wellness exams is one of the single most important things women of all ages can do to promote good health," said Dr. Renee Elderkin, an OB/GYN with University of Michigan Health-West.
When at your appointment, remember this is your time. Be ready (and comfortable) to ask any health questions you may have with your doctor. A great way to "break the ice" is by making a list of topics to go over during your appointment. From abnormal aches and pains to wanting to know more about the effects of a treatment plan or medication, a curious patient is a healthier patient.
A few things to discuss include:
- When do I need my mammogram, pap smear and colon cancer test?
- How are my LDL levels?
- Is my blood pressure where it should be?
- What is my ideal weight?
- Am I up to date on my immunizations (COVID-19, Influenza, Tetanus)?
Current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines recommend that healthy women age 50 and up should see their doctor at least once a year. While women below the age of 50 should be seen once every three years. Your doctor may suggest more or less time between visits based on your comfort and individual risk factors.
University of Michigan Health-West has an experienced team of general practice and OB/GYN physicians who provide the best care possible for every stage of your life. Our team includes trusted, caring leaders in women's health, supported through our affiliation with Michigan Medicine, one of the nation's most respected centers for gynecological care.
To learn more about health services available at UM Health-West, or to set up your next health exam, click here.
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