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Though every woman  (21 or older) should have a well-woman exam, there are different reproductive and sexual health matters to consider based on your age.  Below are the recommendations based on your age range offered for maintaining optimal wellness during your stage of life. (These recommendations assume no risk factors or prior abnormal screening test results. If you feel you are at high risk for any of these diseases you may have to be screened more often and should consult your provider.)

Reproductive and Sexual Health Tips for Women by Age
20s
  • Get an annual well-woman visit (prenatal care can also be a well-woman visit)*
  • Choose the right birth control if you have sex
  • Talk to your doctor about whether you plan to have children in the next year
  • Talk to your doctor about when you need a Pap test (21 and older)
  • Talk to your doctor about your risk for sexually transmitted infections and need for screening
  • Get an HIV test at least once in your lifetime
  • Get tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea
  • Get the HPV vaccine if you have not yet received the series of shots (26 and younger)
  • Talk to your doctor about your family history of cancers
  • Talk to your doctor about getting screened for Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C
30s
  • Get an annual well-woman visit
  • Choose the right birth control if you have sex
  • Talk to your doctor about whether you plan to have children in the next year
  • Talk to your doctor about when you need a Pap and HPV test
  • Talk to your doctor about your risk for sexually transmitted infections and need for screening
  • Get an HIV test at least once in your lifetime
  • Talk to your doctor about your family history of cancers
  • Talk to your doctor about getting screened for Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C
40s
  • Get an annual well-woman visit
  • Choose the right birth control if you have sex
  • Talk to your doctor about whether you plan to have children in the next year
  • Talk to your doctor about when you need a Pap and HPV test
  • Talk to your doctor about whether you are having perimenopause symptoms
  • Talk to your doctor about your risk for sexually transmitted infections and need for screening
  • Get an HIV test at least once in your lifetime
  • Talk to your doctor about your family history of cancers
  • Talk to your doctor about whether you should have a screening mammogram
  • Talk to your doctor about getting screened for Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C
50s
  • Get an annual well-woman visit
  • Choose the right birth control if you still get your period
  • Talk to your doctor about when you need a Pap and HPV test
  • Talk to your doctor about menopause symptoms
  • Talk to your doctor about your risk for sexually transmitted infections and need for screening
  • Get an HIV test at least once in your lifetime
  • Talk to your doctor about your family history of cancers
  • Get a mammogram every other year
  • Get screened for Hepatitis C if you was born between 1945 and 1965
  • Talk to your doctor about getting screened for Hepatitis B
60s
  • Get an annual well-woman visit
  • Talk to your doctor about when you need a Pap and HPV test (65 and younger)
  • Talk to your doctor about your risk for sexually transmitted infections and need for screening
  • Get an HIV test at least once in your lifetime (65 and younger)
  • Talk to your doctor about your family history of cancers
  • Get a mammogram every other year
  • Get screened for Hepatitis C if you were born between 1945 and 1965
  • Talk to your doctor about getting screened for Hepatitis B
70s
  • Get an annual well-woman visit
  • Talk to your doctor about your risk for sexually transmitted infections and need for screening
  • Talk to your doctor about your family history of cancers
  • Get a mammogram every other year (74 and younger)
  • Talk to your doctor about getting screened for Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C
80s
  • Get an annual well-woman visit
  • Talk to your doctor about your risk for sexually transmitted infections and need for screening
90s
  • Get an annual well-woman visit
  • Talk to your doctor about your risk for sexually transmitted infections and need for screening
General Health Tips for Women of All Ages
  • Eat healthy
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Get at least 30 minutes of exercise most days (women who are fit and have no limiting chronic conditions)
  • Talk with your doctor about an appropriate exercise program (women with low fitness levels or chronic conditions)
  • Get your blood pressure checked
  • Quit smoking or don’t start
  • Limit alcohol use
  • Get a seasonal flu shot
  • Ask what other shots you need
  • Talk to your doctor about getting your cholesterol checked if you have a family history of heart problems
  • Get tested for diabetes if you have blood pressure higher than 135/80
  • Talk to your doctor about any domestic and interpersonal violence
  • Talk to your doctor about stress, depression, and other mental health concerns
  • Get screened for colorectal cancer (50-75)
  • Ask about daily aspirin use (55 and older)
  • Ask about lung cancer screening if you are a current or past smoker (55 and older)
  • Talk to your doctor about preventing falls (60 and older)
  • Talk to your doctor about osteoporosis screening (60 and older)
  • Get a pneumonia shot (65 and older)
  • Talk to your doctor about any hearing or vision problems (70 and older)

*An annual well-woman or wellness visit is covered by most health plans, including those offered through Medicare. Individuals without insurance can still see a provider for this visit, who is required to charge them what they can afford based on their income.

Source: http://www.womenshealth.gov/nwhw/

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