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Women’s Health

Women’s Health Checklist

Women have unique health needs that change throughout their lives. Some of these may include pregnancy and menopause. Additionally, common health conditions can affect women differently than men. For example, though heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women, women are more likely to die following a first heart attack than men. And heart attack symptoms can be different in women than men.

Check out the Women’s Health Checklist below to see what screenings or examinations you might need as a healthy adult. It can serve as a starting point to understanding your general health-related needs.

Keep in mind that this checklist is not comprehensive, so it’s important to speak with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs. For example, ask about what tests he or she recommends, and how often you should get screened or have follow-up appointments. And be sure to share your medical and family history, personal preferences, and lifestyle with your provider to help him or her develop a preventative health plan that is tailored for you.



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  • 2. Go Red for Women. Heart Disease Statistics at a Glance. Accessed October 18, 2017.
  • 3. Cleveland Clinic. Health Maintenance Guidelines for Adults. Accessed October 18, 2017.
  • 4. MedlinePlus. Women’s Health. Accessed September 1, 2017.
  • 5. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Get Your Well-Woman Visit Every Year. Accessed August 15, 2017.
  • 6. MedlinePlus. Health Screening – Women – Ages 18 to 39. Accessed August 1, 2017.
  • 7. American Heart Association. Heart-Health Screenings. Accessed August 11, 2017.
  • 8. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). Osteoporosis: Peak Bone Mass in Women. Accessed August 11, 2017.
  • 9. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Final Recommendation Statement: Screening – US Preventive Services Task Force. Accessed August 11, 2017.
  • 10. MedlinePlus. Health Screening – Women – Ages 40 to 64. Accessed August 1, 2017.
  • 11. American Academy of Ophthalmology: Frequency of Ocular Examinations –
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  • 13. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Hearing Loss in Older Adults: Screening. Accessed August 15, 2017.
  • 14. American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Prevention and Early Detection of Cervical Cancer. Accessed August 11, 2017.
  • 15. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. STD & HIV Screening Recommendations. Accessed September 5, 2017.
  • 16. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HIV Testing in Clinical Settings. Accessed October 31, 2017.
  • 17. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What Screening Tests Are There? Accessed September 5, 2017.
  • 18. Get Shots to Protect Your Health (for Adults). Accessed August 15, 2017.
  • 19. Mental Health. Accessed August 15, 2017.
  • 20. The National Institute of Mental Health. Eating Disorders. Accessed August 15, 2017.
  • 21. American Diabetes Association. Screening for Diabetes. Accessed October 9, 2017.
  • 22. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recommended Immunization Schedule for Adults Aged 19 Years or Older, United States, 2017. Accessed October 13, 2017.
  • 23. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What Everyone Should Know About Shingles Vaccine. Accessed October 13, 2017.
  • 24. National Institutes of Health: National Institute on Aging. Shingles. Accessed October 13, 2017.
  • 25. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Women’s Health Week. Accessed September 5, 2017.
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  • 27. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Committee Opinion. Accessed December 21, 2017.
  • 28. The American Academy of Ophthalmology. Eye Exams 101. Accessed December 21, 2017.
  • 29. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Lipid Disorders in Adults (Cholesterol, Dyslipidemia): Screening. Accessed December 21, 2017.
  • 30. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sun Safety. Accessed December 21, 2017.
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