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 (BP)||Make sure it's not too high.||120/80mmHG.||Every 2 years.|
|Cholesterol||Make sure it's not too high.||
|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.||Within 2 years after first sexual intercourse.||Every 2 years.|
|Ovarian cancer screening||Screen for changes in the ovary 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 year.|
|Breast check||Screening for breast cancer.||
From your 20s onwards.
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.||Before a new relationship or a recent change in partner.||As required.|
|Chlamydia test||Screening for chlamydia (STI).||If you are sexually active.||
|Skin examination||Screening for skin cancer.||If you are 20-40.||Every year.|
Eyes, ears & dental health
Testing vision and retina health.
If you are 20-40.
|Every 2 years.|
|Examination and cleaning||Testing for tooth decay and gum disease.||If you are 20-40.||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||
Last updated 24 July 2017 — Last reviewed 17 February 2014
** Currently under review **
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.