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Screening Tests for Women - When and Why?

Being proactive about your own health is the need of hour in this busy life. Women should take charge of their own medical needs and visit healthcare providers for their preventive health screenings regularly.

We have collated a comprehensive (not exhaustive) list of tests every woman should undergo on a periodic basis.

General Health

What When Why

Physical examination

Every 1-2 years

To screen for any diseases; assess risk for future; discuss lifestyle habits.

Thyroid test (TSH, T3, T4)

Once in 3-4 years

To identify an under/overactive thyroid, both of which can lead to serious conditions if left untreated.

Bone Health

What When Why

BMD or bone mineral density test

At least once beginning at age 58; even earlier depending on risk factors for osteoporosis.

There are no noticeable symptoms of osteoporosis until there is a fracture in bone due to a sudden fall or trauma. Bone density screenings spots problems early and enables to begin treatment and prevent further bone loss.

Breast Health

What When Why


Every 1-2 years starting at age 50.

To pick smallest of the cancerous lesions in breast.

Sono-mammogram Every 1-2 Years, starting at age 40. To pick breast cancers still at very early stage.

Clinical breast exam

Every 2-3 years for women in their 20s and 30s, and every year for women 40 and above.

A good clinical breast exam can also help identify cancers early.


What When Why

Fasting blood glucose test

Every three years starting at age 40; more often or earlier if you are at risk for diabetes or overweight

To provide early detection of high blood sugar levels, which could mean increased risk for diabetes

Heart Health

What When Why

Blood pressure screening

Once in year after 30

Itis the only way to identify hypertension

Cholesterol screening

Every 5 years starting at 35. Begin screening early if you smoke, have diabetes, high blood pressure, are obese or have a family history of heart disease.

Treating high cholesterol can help reduce risk of heart disease

Reproductive/Sexual Health

What When Why

Pap smear test

Women between 21-65 yrs - every 3-5 years

Women - 21-30 - every 3 years

Women over 30 should get a combined Pap test and HPV test every 5 yearsScreening may be stopped for women over age 65

Helps women identify risk for developing cervical cancer.

STD - Sexually transmitted disease screening

All sexually active women and their partners should be tested for HIV and other STDs regularly

Prevents spread of HIV and other STDs

A woman wears many hats, have numerous roles to play and the beauty is that she fits in each one of them so PERFECTLY!!

Sadly, she is not as proactive about her own health as she is about her family's needs.

Every woman should undergo regular preventive health checkups, not once but year on year.

To live healthy & happy, one must keep a check on the body’s functioning by going for regular health checkups. This helps in assessing risk factors and diagnosing diseases at an early stage, which will result in effective treatment and better management of the condition.

Know your complete health status by full body checkup packages designed and facilitated by Indus Health Plus, the preventive checkup specialist.

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