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.