Women's Health Portal

Health and Wellness for Women

Last Updated: December 18, 2017
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Operation LiveWell

Operation LiveWell  External Link is a DoD-wide initiative sponsored by the Military Health System that offers a variety of educational resources on women's health topics ranging from heart health and menopause, to reproductive health and pregnancy issues.                    

Cancer  Prevention          

New Breast Cancer Mammogram Screening Recommendation External Link   Women at average risk of breast cancer should begin annual mammograms at age 45 -- five years later than the ACS had previously recommended.

Protect Your Daughters from Cervical Cancer External Link  CDC recommends that you get your boys and girls vaccinated at 11 or 12 to prevent cancers caused by HPV. Get your child vaccinated.

Cancer and Women External Link: Every year, cancer claims the lives of more than a quarter of a million women in America.  Reduce cancer risk by adopting a healthy lifestyle and getting the right cancer screening tests for your stage of life.

Skin Cancer Awareness External Link: Protect your skin while you enjoy the outdoors this summer by seeking shade, wearing sunglasses, a hat, and sun-protective clothing, and using sunscreen.

Illness Prevention

It's that time of the year when the flu and other respiratory illnesses seem to be the most contagious. Keep yourself and your family healthy by following these prevention tips. External Link

TRICARE covers clinical preventive services for all beneficiaries. Click on the links below to  find out more information about specific preventive services:

Injury Prevention

The physical requirements of being a military Service member naturally carry with them a degree of injury risk.  Differences in bone mass and physical stature may attribute to increased risk for injury in female Service members.  The following information can help to avoid injury and maintain your physical readiness.

General Safety Guidance - Army Safety Center External Link

Hearing Protection - Combat Arms Earplugs

Injury Prevention - Injury Prevention Resources (APHC)

Weather Safety - Heat Injury Prevention, Cold Injury Prevention

Mouth Protection - Mouth Protection and Mouthguard Program (APHC)


Eating a balanced diet on a regular basis and maintaining a healthy weight are critical to ensuring your mission readiness. Increased consumption of added sugars from 2005-2010   (CDC) External Link has been linked to a decrease in intake of essential micronutrients and an increase in body weight. Women aged 20–39 consumed an average 275 kcals from added sugars, women aged 40–59 consumed 236 kcals from added sugars, and women aged 60 and over consumed 182 kcals from added sugars.

The following links will provide you with the nutritional information you need to make healthy eating choices.

BMI Calculator External Link (non-government)

Eating Disorders External Link

Staying Hydrated External Link

National Institutes of Health: Dietary Supplements Fact Sheets External Link

DHSS Overweight, Obesity & Weight Loss Fact Sheet External Link

Performance Triad External Link As part of the Army's Ready and Resilient Campaign efforts, leaders are advocating a culture shift by encouraging every Professional Soldier to develop a mindset that drives them to optimize their own health in order to improve their performance and resiliency. Getting back to the basics of Activity, Nutrition, and Sleep - also known as the Performance Triad - is the key to optimizing personal and health, performance and resilience.

APHC Nutrition Resources

Oral Fitness

APHC Oral Fitness Information

My Dental  (AKO) External Link

Periodic Health Assessments (PHA)

The PHA is a preventive screening tool designed to improve individual medical readiness and health status reporting. It is required for all military Service members regardless of component.  Currently the PHA is a two part process and is an annual requirement; the first portion is done through AKO and is accessible through the "My Medical Readiness" tab (www.us.army.mil External Link - AKO, password required).  To complete part two of the assessment, you will need to schedule an appointment with your provider.  

Personal Hygiene

Personal hygiene is the practice of keeping the body well-groomed and clean. Requirements for maintaining hygiene are somewhat different for women and men. Women's personal hygiene is more complex in that special care must be taken to prevent problems associated with the menstrual period, urinary tract infections and yeast infections. The following information provides female-specific information to help you maintain optimal cleanliness. 

Douching External Link

Feminine Hygiene Tips for Young Adults External Link (non-government)

Oral Hygiene External Link (non-government)

Proper Hand Washing External Link

Physical Fitness/Active Living

Physical fitness is important for everyone but it's especially important for military service members. In addition to expectations that service members meet the physical demands of military service, active living should also be pursued and maintained for the health benefits that come along with being fit.  The following links provide a comprehensive variety of active living and fitness information. 

Current ACSM Exercise Guidelines External Link (non-government)

Minimalist Running Shoes External Link (MRTs) have recently been touted as a fitness 'must have'.  This link provides you with information about proper wear and use of MRTs and how to determine whether MRTs are right for you.  

Physical Fitness Requirements for Professional Military Education External Link

Physical Fitness & Training (APHC)

US Army Physical Readiness Training iTunes App External Link (non-government)

Self Care Charts           

Please visit the Self Care Charts page (APHC) to access a wide variety of symptom evaluation charts.  

The charts include a brief introduction to each symptom along with a list of questions to help you decide whether to:

  • Get medical help right away
  • Go to sick call, or
  • Use a self-care measure.