Ask the Experts- January 2024

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: January 11, 2024

Dear Red Hot Mamas,

Time is marching on, and I am wondering whether I need an annual checkup. I am 55 years old and had menopause five years ago. Any words of wisdom? Thanks.


Dear Stephanie,

Thank you for writing to Red Hot Mamas. Healthy behaviors and regular clinical exams are keys to health. Well-woman exams should continue to be part of your regular health maintenance and should be done well beyond menopause. It is important for you to have a thorough understanding about your current health and to identify any risks for potential health concerns. As part of your checkup, he/she may take your weight, temperature, blood pressure and may examine your breasts and pelvic area. At that time, you should bring up any questions which you might have. Various tests may be done (blood, urine, x-ray) to determine heart, bone, breast health and diabetes screening. These tests can also help determine lipid/cholesterol and thyroid status. Your clinician may also discuss items like sexuality, maintaining an ideal weight, alcohol use, stress reduction, sleep, and other important items and strategies to help you with those things. Make sure before you leave the office to schedule a follow-up appointment.

Use your checkup to let your doctor know everything that’s been going on with your health. And take the time to prepare for the checkup so you can fill your doctor in on your symptoms and get all your questions answered.