I went for my first routine colonoscopy when I turned 50…and a couple of years ago I had my second…they usually tell you to have one at age 50…and, if everything looks good, another ten years later. I will tell you that the prep stuff I had to drink the night before the first time was yucky! The prep stuff a couple of years ago was much better. The actual procedure was a piece of cake…they give you something so you think you are sleeping and then you don’t remember anything…perfect!
How about the rest of you? An annual routine check-up with a family doctor should be on every woman’s calendar. Also, a mammogram (first at age 35 or so for a baseline reading and then, if all is ok, check with your doc as to when and how often you should have the next ones. In addition, a Pap smear and, as I just mentioned, a colonoscopy at age 50.
- Are these exams fun? NO! But not having them could impact your life very seriously!
- Find doctors you are comfortable with…ask friends who they go to and, if your insurance allows, schedule appointments with them.
- If you don’t have the money for them, check with community organizations…for many people these exams are free or at a very low cost.
- Try to schedule the annual routine exam first (maybe around your B-day or the first of the year so you will remember to do it). Your family doc may have to write referrals or lab orders for the other tests, depending on your health insurance.
Moms often get so caught up with caring for their children and their home; they tend to put themselves last.
But your health is paramount…if you get sick, who is going to take care of your family?
So please, take care of yourselves!
What other important check-ups should moms have? Please share!
- Top Ten Health Care Screenings to Maintain Physical Fitness (savings.com)
- Essential Tests for After Menopause (everydayhealth.com)
- Colon cancer harder to detect in women (utsandiego.com)