We know that you’re the superwoman who takes care of your family and significant other. But we’re here to remind you to make your health a top priority, too. After all, being independent means being able to look after yourself—and that includes your health and wellness. Here, we list the four tests every woman in her 20s and 30s should get—straight from a women’s health expert.
The American Cancer Society recommends having a Pap’s smear starting 21 years old and every one to three years thereafter (up to 29 years old and may extend until you reach 65 years old).
It is recommended to have a breast examination done by a clinician every three years. However, you should do a breast self-exam every month to check for any unusual lumps, changes in form, or discharge. Get a yearly mammogram if you have a family history of breast cancer, and as soon as you hit 40.
An ultrasound is also called a sonogram and women who are in their first trimester of pregnancy go through this process to confirm pregnancy and check the fetal heartbeat. The pelvic ultrasound is also the most common exam used to examine the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and cervix to evaluate the possible causes of menstrual irregularity.
Consult with an Obstetrician-Gynecologist
Each woman is different. You experience different symptoms and have your own family and personal history. That’s why it’s important to see an OB-GYN. She is the best person to recommend any additional examinations may be needed and can also conduct a thorough physical examination to assure you that you are in good health. It is quite known to many physicians that women tend to be more forbearing than men. But in this present times, prevention is better and, putting it bluntly, cheaper than cure.
Cost: usually starts at P700
Source: Cristina Querimit-Habacon, MD, FPOG, obstetrician-gynecologist from Manila East Medical Center
Note: These costs are estimates based on our research on private hospital services. These may vary by hospital and healthcare provider.