Caring for Women: 40s

 
Preventive Care
Preventive care helps to keep you healthy and identify problems early, while they are easier to treat. A typical preventative care exam - often referred to as a physical or well visit - includes:

 

  • Blood pressure check: every two years if blood pressure is less than 120/80 mm Hg; every year if 120–139/80–89 mm Hg
  • Pap test or pelvic exam: discuss what's right for you based on your age and your history
  • Immunizations:
    • Influenza: every year
    • Tatanus, diphtheria, pertusis (Td/Tdap): Tdap once, then Td every 10 years
    • Varicella (chickenpox); two doses if you've not had it before and are not immune to chickenpox
  • Breast cancer screening: at age 40 discuss benefits and risks of a yearly mammogram
  • Cholesterol and triglyceride: every five years, starting at age 44
  • Vitamin D intake: could be from 600 to 2000 mg per day
  • Excessive alcohol: for women, anything over one drink per day or seven drinks per week
  • Colorectal screening: begin at age 45 if you are African-American, American Indian or Alaskan Native

Take care of yourself

We know that life can get in the way of you putting your health first. Taking care of yourself really starts with eating well, getting enough sleep and managing stress. Your primary care physician can provide support and guidance and keep you living your healthiest life.


Talk to your doctor about what's right for you.

Bone Health
Many women experience bone density loss at some point in their lives, but there are healthy lifestyle choices you can make to improve your bone health early. Getting enough calcium and vitamin D, exercising regularly and cutting out smoking and heavy drinking can all help prevent bone density loss.

Talk to your doctor about what's right for you.