Women's Health

You can take charge of your health by staying current on well-care visits, screenings, and immunizations. Your primary care physician will help you stay on track by sending annual reminders about your upcoming screenings around the time of your birthday. Our goal is to help you live a healthier and happier life through preventive care.

During your well-care visit, you and your doctor will discuss how to improve your health and prevent disease. You may receive recommended tests or immunizations during your visit, or you may need to schedule separate appointments.

Depending on your health and personal risk factors, your preventive care schedule may differ from the standard recommendations. Talk with your doctor about a schedule that's best for you. If you have particular risk factors like a chronic disease, obesity, or a family history of a disease, additional screenings may be recommended.


Women 18 to 21

WELLNESS SCHEDULE

SCREENING 
SCHEDULE

IMMUNIZATION 
SCHEDULE

Wellness visit every year 


First Pap test for sexually active women starting at age 21. 

Chlamydia test every year for sexually active women through age 24. 

HIV test one time during adulthood (through age 64).

Tetanus-diphtheria every 10 years. 

Flu vaccine every year.

 

Women 22 to 49

WELLNESS SCHEDULE

SCREENING 
SCHEDULE

IMMUNIZATION 
SCHEDULE

Wellness visit at least once every 4 years 

Pap test every 3 years through age 29. Starting at age 30, on a 3 or 5 year schedule depending on personal testing schedule. 

Chlamydia test every year for sexually active women through age 24. 

HIV test one time during adulthood (through age 64). 

Mammogram: There are risks and benefits in starting breast cancer screening before age 50. Talk with your doctor.


Cholesterol check every 5 years, beginning at age 45. 

Blood pressure check every 2 years.

Tetanus-diphtheria every 10 years. 

Flu vaccine every year.

 

Women 50 to 64

WELLNESS SCHEDULE

SCREENING 
SCHEDULE

IMMUNIZATION 
SCHEDULE

Wellness visit every 2 years 

Cholesterol check every 5 years. 

Blood pressure check every 2 years.

Colon cancer screening: Talk with your doctor about the best method for you. 

HIV test one time during adulthood (through age 64). 

Pap test every 3 or 5 years, depending on personal testing schedule. 

Mammogram every 1-2 years, based on risk factors for breast cancer.

Tetanus-diphtheria every 10 years. 

Flu vaccine every year. 

Shingles vaccine once in a lifetime for ages 60 and older (not for persons who are immune suppressed).

 

Women 65 and older

WELLNESS SCHEDULE

SCREENING 
SCHEDULE

IMMUNIZATION 
SCHEDULE

Wellness visit every year 


Cholesterol check every 5 years through age 74; after age 75 discuss with your doctor. 

Blood pressure check every year. 

Vision and hearing checks every year. 

Colon cancer screening: Talk with your doctor about the best method for you. For women aged 75 and older, regular screening isn't generally recommended. If you wish to continue screening, talk with your doctor. 

Mammogram every 1-2 years based on risk for breast cancer. Women aged 75 and older, discuss optional screening with your doctor. 

Bone density test: Recommended for women aged 65 and older. 

Tetanus-diphtheria every 10 years. 

Pneumococcal vaccine one time for ages 65 and older. 

Flu vaccine every year. 

Shingles vaccine once in a lifetime for ages 60 and older (not for persons who are immune suppressed).

 

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