National Women's Health Week is a weeklong health observance organized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health. It promotes women's health and its importance and empowers women to make their health a priority.
ASHA is an official partner for Women's Health Week and joins the Office of Women's Health and other organizations in promoting the importance of women's health, with a focus on sexual health.
We encourage women to explore our website to learn more about their bodies and how to recognize problems, how to protect their reproductive health, and when and where to get tested for STIs.
Join us on Twitter on May 15 at 2:00 pm ET for a Twitter chat on women's sexual health issues. You can tweet questions in advance or send them to to us via email. Hashtag for the chat is #NWHW.
We also want to feature your tips for health and happiness. What do you do to stay fit and deal with the stress of life? Let us know and we’ll share tips on Facebook and Twitter.
National Women's Checkup Day: Monday, May 12, 2014
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 call and visit health care professionals to schedule and receive checkups; and
- Promote regular checkups as vital to the early detection of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health illnesses, sexually transmitted infections, and other conditions.
What screenings are recommended for you? Various screenings are recommended for women based on age. For example:
- Women 21 or older should get a Pap test every 3 years.Women 30 or older should get an HPV test along with their Pap. Over 40, women can get a Pap test and HPV test together every 5 years.
- CDC recommends yearly chlamydia testing of all sexually active women age 25 or younger, as well as older women with risk factors for chlamydial infections (those who have a new sex partner or multiple sex partners), and all pregnant women.
- The CDC recommends at least one HIV test for everyone aged 13 to 64 who visits a doctor.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, many preventive services for women are covered with no cost-sharing in plan years starting on or after August 1, 2012. Among the services covered:
- Mammography screenings every 1 to 2 years for women over 40
- Cervical cancer screening for sexually active women
- Chlamydia screening for younger women and other women at higher risk
- FDA-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling
- Domestic and interpersonal violence screening and counseling
- Gonorrhea screening for all women at higher risk
- Hepatitis B screening for pregnant women at their first prenatal visit
- HIV screening and counseling for sexually active women
- HPV DNA testing every three years for women with normal cytology results who are 30 or older
- STI counseling for sexually active women
- Syphilis screening for all pregnant women or other women at increased risk
- Well-woman visits to obtain recommended preventive services