Health Matters

Women and Annual Checkups

Be prepared and ask questions.


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When women get their annual checkup, it’s important to be prepared. Dr. Bich-May Nguyen, faculty in the department of health systems and population health sciences at the Tillman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine has some suggested questions.

“Many women hesitate to talk about themselves and their issues. It's not only okay, but important to talk with your physician about concerns and options to manage your health. Here are some questions to ask during your annual wellness visit.”

  • At my age, do you recommend any screenings or immunizations?
  • Do I need to continue these medications or supplements? Ask about prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
  • Considering my family history, am I at risk for certain diseases?
  • Are my blood pressure and weight within the healthy ranges?
  • If you have periods, ask "What if I get pregnant in the next year?" Discuss family planning options to increase chances of a healthy delivery if you want to get pregnant.

“Keep talking and stay well.”

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