7 health checks every woman should have

So you eat as clean as you can (apart from Dominos on a hung-over Sunday!), you go to your spinning class a couple of times a week and you can’t remember the last time you took a sick day from work. Going to the doctor is probably the furthest thing from your mind. But when was the last time you had one of these health checks? Don’t keep putting it off! Your health is too important!

7 health checks every woman should have

Smear Test

Is the notice to go for your smear test buried under a load of junk mail in your kitchen? Go grab it and make an appointment right now! Smear tests are important as they can detect changes in your cervical cells which could in time if left untreated turn cancerous. I’ll be real with you. Yes, I know a smear test is not the most comfortable thing to do in the world. But the discomfort lasts mere minutes. That’s all you have to go through to have peace of mind. So get over your qualms and just make an appointment!

Mole Check

Ireland has one of the highest incidents of skin cancer in the world. Next time you are just out of the shower and slathering on the body butter, take a closer look at your moles. You only have to do mole checks every couple of months. There are a few things to check when examining your moles. 1) The borders shouldn’t be jagged; 2) They shouldn’t change in colour; 3) Generally they shouldn’t be bigger than 7mm in diameter; 4) And they shouldn’t be constantly evolving. If you have any worries about a mole – go to your GP, don’t hesitate.

Diabetes

More and more adults are being diagnosed with diabetes. Western diets and lifestyle are being blamed for this continuing increase. If you find yourself feeling constantly thirsty, frequently passing urine, tired or unexplained weight loss – you should ask your GP to test you for diabetes.

Cholesterol Test

If high cholesterol runs in the family, it’s time to get tested! Lifestyle choices such as smoking, lack of exercise and obesity can add to your risk of having high cholesterol. However, young active people can have high cholesterol with no symptoms so it’s best to get tested every few years. If you leave high cholesterol untreated you are increasing your chances of cardiovascular disease such as heart attack and stroke.

Breast Check

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in Ireland. It’s so important to get to know your own body and it’s various lumps and bumps. By regularly carrying out breast checks on yourself, you will be able to quickly notice unusual changes in your body and can go to your GP without delay.

STI Test

If your Tinder game is strong and you find yourself having lots of sex, congrats! But in-between all those dates, be sure to schedule regular STI tests. Even if you are in a monogamous relationship, make sure to get tested at the beginning of the relationship. Symptoms like unusual discharge, itchiness, discomfort or burning sensations mean you should take a trip to your GP straight away!

Blood Pressure

There is literally no excuse for not regularly checking your blood pressure. Next time you’re in the pharmacy splurging on their 3 for 2 makeup deals check to see if their blood pressure screening service is available. Most pharmacies can test you there and then. High blood pressure is one of the main causes of heart attacks and strokes so get in the habit of checking it regularly.

Are you good for keeping on top of your health checks? Or do you always push it down your to-do list? Let this post inspire you to schedule your next appointment!

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Sinead has three passions in life - blogging, books and booze. She is the owner of sineadsocial.com, a website that helps new bloggers build and grow their own blogs. She runs a monthly blogger meetup in Dublin through GirlCrew Bloggers.

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