Women

Women’s Health Checklist

Screening tests are used to check for problems before symptoms appear.  These recommended screening guidelines are for the healthy individual.  Recommendations may change for those at high risk or with specific medical conditions.

What is an annual wellness visit?

Most visits are disease or problem oriented meaning the doctor is focused on the specific problem or body system. Annual wellness visits focus on disease prevention and healthy lifestyle. Time is spent reviewing your past personal and family medical history, looking at your current risk of developing future health issues, and discussing current and future health care needs. Lab work and other testing may be ordered based on this discussion. Annual wellness visits are recommended for everyone and should be done at a separate visit from problem/disease oriented visits. Insurance coverage varies by plan. Please check with your carrier to determine your annual wellness coverage.

Recommendations

Age 18-39

  • Wellness Visit – Every year
  • Pelvic Exam and Pap Test – Every year
  • Chlamydia Screen – Every year to age 25
  • Glucose – Every 5 years
  • Cholesterol – Every 5 years
  • Tetanus or Tdap Immunization – Every 10 years

Age 40-49

  • Wellness Visit – Every year
  • Pelvic Exam and Pap Test – Every year
  • Breast Exam – Every year
  • Self Breast Exam – Monthly
  • Mammogram – Every 1-2 years (Every year if using hormone replacements or at high risk)
  • Blood Pressure – Every office visit
  • Glucose – Every year
  • Cholesterol – Every year
  • Tetanus or Tdap Immunization – Every 10 years

Age 50-64

  • Wellness Visit – Every year
  • Pelvic Exam and Pap Test – Every year
  • Breast Exam – Every year
  • Self Breast Exam – Monthly
  • Mammogram – Every 1-2 years (Every year if using hormone replacements or if at high risk)
  • Blood Pressure – Every office visit
  • Glucose – Every year
  • Cholesterol – Every year
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening – Colonoscopy (Recommended) – Every 10 years or Occult Blood Testing – Every year
  • Influenza Immunization – Every year
  • Tetanus or Tdap Immunization – Every 10 years
  • Shingles Immunization – Once
  • Bone Density – Every 2 years after menopause
  • Lung Cancer Screening-Every year, age 55 and up, if current smoker or a smoking history of at least an average of one pack a day for 30 years

Age 65 & Up

  • Wellness Visit – Every year
  • Pelvic Exam – Every year or as recommended by your physician
  • Breast Exam – Every year
  • Self Breast Exam – Monthly
  • Mammogram – Every 1-2 years (Every year if using hormone replacements or at high risk)
  • Blood Pressure – Every office visit
  • Cholesterol – Every year
  • Glucose – Every year
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening- Colonoscopy (Recommended) – Every 10 years or Occult Blood Testing – Every year
  • Influenza Immunziation – Every year
  • Pneumonia Immunization – Once
  • Tetanus or Tdap Immunization – Every 10 years
  • Bone Density – Every 2 years
  • Lung Cancer Screening-Every year if current smoker or a smoking history of at least an average of one pack a day for 30 years

Note: Medicare or your insurance may not cover all of these services at these intervals