Annual Health Exams for Women

Women Ages 18-39

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Beginning at age 21, women should see their OB/GYN every year for pelvic exam, breast exam, and Pap smear to check for cervical cancer.

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Immunizations

  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) once before age 26
  • Influenza vaccination  every year
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • Tetanus vaccination every 10 years beginning at age 19

 Other immunizations upon recommendation of your physician

 

Women Ages 40-64

Annual Well Woman Exam

Women should see their OB/GYN every year for a pelvic exam, breast exam, and Pap smear to check for cervical cancer; as well as a mammogram to check for breast cancer.

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Colorectal Screening

Beginning at age 50, women should have a colonoscopy every 10 years. 

African American women should begin screening at age 45.

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Immunizations

  • Influenza vaccinationevery year
  • Tetanus vaccination every 10 years

 Other immunizations upon recommendation of your physician

 

 

Women Ages 65 & Older

Annual Well Woman Exam

Women should see their OB/GYN every year for a pelvic exam, breast exam, and  mammogram to check for breast cancer. After age 65, Pap smears are performed based upon a woman’s history and risk.

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Colorectal screening

Women should have a colonoscopy every 10 years.

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Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone Exam 

To ensure the thyroid is working correctly, women should have this test every five years.

Osteoporosis Screening 

All women should have a bone density test (DEXA scan) once every two years beginning at age 65.

Immunizations

  • Influenza vaccination every year
  • Pneumonia vaccination
  • Shingles vaccination
  • Tetanus vaccination every 10 years

Other immunizations upon recommendation of your physician