National Women's Checkup
Day is a nationwide effort, coordinated by the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services'
Office on Women's Health, to:
Encourage women to visit health care professionals
to receive or schedule a checkup.
Promote regular checkups as vital to the early
detection of heart disease, diabetes, cancer,
mental health illnesses, sexually transmitted
infections, and other conditions.
It is important for women to get regular checkups
Screening tests, such as mammograms and Pap tests,
can find diseases early, when they are easier
to treat. Some women need certain screening tests
earlier, or more often, than others.
Screenings and routine care can help women lower
their risks of many health conditions, including
Women can participate in National Women's Checkup
Day in several ways:
- Women should contact their current doctor
or nurse or one of the participating health
care professionals to schedule checkups and
screening services on National Women's Checkup
- During their checkups, women should discuss
with their health care professionals which of
the tests are right for them, when they should
have them, and how often.
- Women can prepare themselves for their health checkups
with A Checklist for Your Next Checkup, developed
by the Agency for Health care Research and Quality
of the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services.
- Getting sufficient amounts of bed rest and avoiding over-stressful activities while pregnant is important for your health and a safe pregnancy.