Health : Female Check Up
When it comes to a female check-up, several issues usually arise in women of different ages.
Let’s verify together the answers to some of the situations.
I am a virgin but I am already menstruating, do I need to go to the gynecologist?
Yes, on the first period you should consult the gynecologist who will do the adequate examination for your age and will inform you of the frequency in which you will need to schedule the next consultations.
I have already been sexually active but at this point I’m not, do I need to perform a gynecological check up?
Definitely yes, you should perform the same tests as those who are sexually active.
At what age should I start having a mammogram?
Usually at age 40, however if in your family there has been or there are cases of breast cancer, you should alert the gynecologist of this genetic predisposition and make the 1st mammography as indicated by your clinic.
I’ve only had one sexual partner for many years, why do I need the check up?
The gynecological and breast assessment has nothing to do with the frequent exchange of partners, but it has to do with checking the woman’s body and the prevention of potential health problems, especially of the reproductive and urinary systems.
Being so, what tests should compose a female check-up?
– Colpocytology (Pap)
– Breast Ultrasound
– Pelvic Ultrasound
– Gynecological Ultrasound
And the monthly breast palpation.
The breast palpation is a self-examination of extreme importance, but still uncommon among women.
It should be done by all of us, whatever the age may be, in the days following the end of the menstruation.
For those not yet familiar with this self-examination, we will demonstrate in this post how you can do it.
Put yourself standing in front of a mirror; go through the movements described in the pictures.
Armpits: Feel them while checking for lumps.
Make circular movements while pressing lightly with your fingertips.
Nipples: squeeze from the base to the tip, checking to see if there is any secretion.
Raise your arms and look to see if with the movement you notice any alteration of the contour or the surface.
To finish up for today, I would like to add a warning.
If in the monthly palpation you notice a small lump in the breast or armpit, seek immediate medical attention.
As insignificant as the lump may seem, do not ignore this situation, make an immediate clinical assessment of this situation.
Our health is an asset that must be preserved!
See you next week.