Preventive Care: Caring for Women

 
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Caring for Women

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

  • A physical exam
  • Height, weight and BMI
  • Blood pressure check
  • Screening for common health problems
  • Healthy lifestyle coaching
  • Immunizations

Talk to your clinician about how often to schedule your preventive care. Depending on your age, health history and individual risk factors, you may need additional screening tests.

  • Blood pressure check: every two years if less than 120/80 mm Hg; every year if 120–139/80–89 mm Hg
  • Chlamydia screening: ages 19–26 if sexually active or older if at increased risk for infection
  • Pap test: every three years starting at age 21. After age 30, you can continue to have a pap test every three years, or choose to combine the pap test with an HPV (high-risk human papillomavirus) test. If pap results are normal and HPV results are negative, you can have the co-tests done every five years.
  • Immunizations
        - Influenza: every year
        - Tetanus, diphtheria, pertusis (Td/Tdap): Tdap once, then Td every 10 years
        - Varicella (chickenpox): two doses if not had before and not immune to chickenpox
        - Shingles: one dose for ages 60 and older
  • Blood pressure check: every two years if less than 120/80 mm Hg; every year if 120–139/80–89 mm Hg
  • Breast cancer screening: after age 40 discuss benefits and risk of yearly mammogram. For ages 50-64, every one to two years
  • Chlamydia screening: if you are sexually active and at increased risk for infection
  • Cholesterol and triglyceride: every five years, starting at age 44
  • Colorectal cancer (colonoscopy)
         - Begin at age 50; earlier if you are African American, American Indian or Alaskan Native
         - Begin between ages 40 to 50 if you have a parent or sibling with colon cancer, or have an adenomatous colon polyp before age 60
  • Pap test and pelvic exam: every three years
  • Immunizations
        - Influenza: every year
        - Tetanus, diphtheria, pertusis (Td/Tdap): Tdap once, then Td every 10 years
        - Varicella (chickenpox): two doses if not had before and not immune to chickenpox
        - Shingles: one dose for ages 60 and older

  • Blood pressure check: every two years if less than 120/80 mm Hg; every year if 120–139/80–89 mm Hg
  • Breast cancer screening: after age 40 discuss benefits and risk of yearly mammogram. For ages 50-64, every one to two years
  • Chlamydia screening: if you are sexually active and at increased risk for infection
  • Cholesterol and triglyceride: every five years, starting at age 44
  • Colorectal cancer (colonoscopy)
        - Begin at age 50; earlier if you are African American, American Indian or Alaskan Native
        - Begin between ages 40 to 50 if you have a parent or sibling with colon cancer, or have an adenomatous colon polyp before age 60
  • Pap test and pelvic exam: every three years
  • Immunizations
        - Influenza: every year
        - Tetanus, diphtheria, pertusis (Td/Tdap): Tdap once, then Td every 10 years
        - Varicella (chickenpox): two doses if not had before and not immune to chickenpox
        - Shingles: one dose for ages 60 and older