Below is a list of the tests you should consider having. We have briefly listed what you are testing for, why you need to test, when to test; and for heart and cardiovascular health, the healthy limits for women.
The complete range of medical checks and screening procedures required throughout life will vary for every person, depending on individual risks, medical background and family history. Talk to your doctor about what tests you require to maintain your health.
Heart & cardiovascular health
|Blood pressure||Make sure it’s not too high.||Less than 130/80mmHG.||Every 2 years.|
|Total Cholesterol||Make sure it’s not too high.||Below 6.0 mmol/L.||Every 2 years.|
|Body mass index||Measure the best weight for your health.||20-25.||Every 2 years.|
Ovaries & uterus health
|Pap smear test||Screen for cell changes and cervical cancer if sexually active.||
Whichever is the later:
|Every 2 years.|
|Ovarian cancer screening||Screen for cell changes indicating ovarian cancer.||If you are at risk due to family history.||As your doctor advises.|
Glucose (sugar) check
|Testing for diabetes.||
If you are overweight or at risk of diabetes.
Every 2 years.
Bladder & bowel health
|Bowel cancer test||Screening for bowel cancer.||If you have a family history of bowel cancer.||As your doctor advises.|
|Sexually Transmissible Infection (STI) check||Screening for STIs.||Prior to a new partner, or with a change of partner.||As required.|
|Chlamydia test||Screening for chlamydia (STI).||If you are sexually active.||Every year.|
|Skin examination||Screening for skin cancer.||From 18 years onwards.||Every year.|
Eyes, ears & dental health
|Eye examination||Testing vision and retina health.||If you are under 20.||Every 2 years.|
|Dental examination and cleaning||Testing for tooth decay and gum disease.||If you are under 20.||Every year.|
Mental & emotional health
|Mental health check||Testing for anxiety, depression.||
If you are experiencing symptoms, such as anxiety, irritability or sadness.
|Reproductive health check||Looking for factors that may impact on the health of mother or baby.||If you are looking to become pregnant.||When you are thinking of/ beginning to try to conceive.|
|Checking your immunity||
If you have:
Usually offered at school – completion of course is important for full protection.
This web page is designed to be informative and educational. It is not intended to provide specific medical advice or replace advice from your health practitioner. The information above is based on current medical knowledge, evidence and practice as at February 2014.