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Women's Health

Women's Health at UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's

At St. Luke's, we do things a little differently when it comes to women's health. We know things change from one year to the next, and we're here to support each change, from your first visit to our birth center, to beginning your yearly mammograms or taking steps to battle heart disease.

Our staff pays special attention to women's changing health needs with convenient services like Spirit of Women's Done in a Day program, where women can coordinate their yearly exams, mammograms and other preventive procedures to be completed in one morning. 

As Siouxland's patient preferred hospital, St. Luke's women's health services can help add vitality, spirit and life to your years.

In your 20's and 30's

 Glance at this checklist to make sure you maintain and extend the energy of your 20's and 30's to later in life.

Every day: 

  • Eat healthy, exercise and be aware of preventive screenings

Every month: 

  • Self breast exams
  • Self skin and mole exams

Every year: 

  • Blood pressure check
  • Internal exam with Pap test and STD screening
  • Baseline vision exam, hearing exam and semi-annual dental visits

Every so often: 

  • Mole and overall skin exams by your doctor every three years
  • Know your cholesterol panel - total, LDL, HDL and triglycerides
  • Maintain vaccinations - tetanus every ten years, the meningococcal vaccine if attending college and the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination before age 26
  • Thyroid test at age 35, then once every five years, along with a diabetes check
  • If you're considering children, learn why four out of five families choose UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Birth Center for delivery.
  • Our services in maternal-fetal medicine provide comfort to those in need of high-risk pregnancy care.
  • If you already have kids, St. Luke's children's health provides child-friendly care with pediatric rooms and an emergency department specially designed for kids.

In your 40's

When you've reached your 40's, the world is your oyster. You're more confident with life's challenges and successes. One of these successes can be your health.

Every day: 

  • Eat healthy, exercise and be aware of preventive screenings

Every month: 

  • Self breast exams
  • Self skin and mole exams

Every year: 

  • Blood pressure check
  • Mole and overall skin exam by your doctor
  • Internal exam with Pap test every one to three years
  • Schedule a mammogram every one to three years
  • Semi-annual dental visits

Every so often: 

  • Know your cholesterol panel - total, LDL, HDL and triglycerides
  • Fight osteoporosis with a bone density scan
  • Vision exam every two to four years; hearing exam every ten years
  • Thyroid test every five years, along with a diabetes check
  • Maintain vaccinations - tetanus every ten years

In your 50's and 60's

Many women say midlife is when things start to get fun - retirement, grandkids and the freedom to do what you've always wanted. Make sure your health will keep up.

Every day:

  • Eat healthy, exercise and be aware of preventive screenings

Every month: 

  • Self breast exams
  • Self skin and mole exams

Every year: 

  • Blood pressure check
  • Influenza vaccine
  • Mole and overall skin exam by your doctor
  • Internal exam with Pap test every one to three years
  • Schedule a mammogram every one to two years
  • Semi-annual dental visits
  • Fecal occult blood test

Every so often: 

  • At age 50, schedule a colonoscopy, then have one every ten years
  • Rectal exams every five to ten years
  • Know your cholesterol panel - total, LDL, HDL and triglycerides
  • Fight osteoporosis with a bone density scan
  • Vision exam every one to two years; hearing exam every three years
  • Thyroid test every five years, along with a diabetes check every three years
  • Vaccinations - tetanus every ten years and one-time pneumococcal and herpes zoster vaccines
  • Many women talk to their doctor about a hysterectomy at this stage in life
  • Consider total joint replacement or other orthopedic procedures for aching joints
  • Stay heart healthy with St. Luke's heart and vascular screenings and preventive procedures

In your 70's, 80's and beyond

Now is the time to cherish your family, friends and life's memories. Keep your golden years truly golden by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Every day: 

  • Eat healthy, exercise and be aware of preventive screenings

Every month: 

  • Self breast exams
  • Self skin and mole exams

Every year: 

  • Blood pressure check
  • Influenza vaccine
  • Mole and overall skin exam by your doctor
  • Internal exam with Pap test every one to three years
  • Schedule a mammogram every one to two years
  • Semi-annual dental visits
  • Fecal occult blood test

Every so often:

  • At age 50, schedule a colonoscopy, then have one every ten years
  • Rectal exams every five to ten years
  • Know your cholesterol panel - total, LDL, HDL and triglycerides
  • Fight osteoporosis with a bone density scan
  • Vision exam every two to four years; hearing exam every ten years
  • Thyroid test every five years, along with a diabetes check every three years
  • Vaccinations - tetanus every ten years and one-time pneumococcal and herpes zoster vaccines
  • Consider total joint replacement or other orthopedics procedures for aching joints
  • Stay heart healthy with St. Luke's heart and vascular screenings