Health Screening: Finding Health Problems Early - Screening, Adult Women
Screening in adults is intended to identify diseases that may develop as you age. Routine checkups and screening are important to stay in good health.
How often women have the following tests depends on age, health, and things that make a specific disease more likely.
Tests that may be done include:
Women who are pregnant or trying
to become pregnant may be screened for
gestational diabetes, sexually transmitted infections, and other conditions.
For more information, see the topic
Your age and tests
Some tests are only done at certain ages.
- Before age 65, screening for osteoporosis isn't generally recommended. If you have risk factors, talk to your doctor about when to start screening.
- For a screening checklist for women age 50 and older, see www.ahrq.gov/ppip/women50.htm.
Deciding about tests
It can be hard to decide whether you want to be screened for certain diseases or which type of test is best used. Combine medical information with your personal values to make a wise health decision.
- Breast Cancer Screening: When Should I Start Having Mammograms?
- Colon Cancer: Which Screening Test Should I Have?
- HIV Testing: Should I Get Tested for Human Immunodeficiency Virus?
- Osteoporosis: Should I Have a Dual X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) Test?
- Pregnancy: Should I Have CVS (Chorionic Villus Sampling)?
- STI Testing: Should I Get Tested for a Sexually Transmitted Infection?
Sometimes doctors automatically schedule routine tests because they think that's what patients expect. But sometimes research shows that testing may not be useful or worth the risks or costs. For more information, see Heart Tests: When Do You Need Them?