Preventive Health Screenings and Services By Age

It’s never too early or late to work toward being your healthiest you! Whether you’re in your 20s or your 50s, we’ve got the tools to help you take control of your health. Choose your decade below to find out what preventive health screenings and services you should access so you can stay healthy.

Women in our 20s:

All women, no matter what age or health condition, need to schedule a well-woman visit at least once a year. At this visit, it’s important that woman talk to their health care provider about their contraception options, with 18 FDA approved methods covered under the Affordable Care Act, you and your health care provider can discuss the different methods and decide which one is right for you. Between the ages of 21 to 29 years of age, you should receive a Pap test every 3 years to detect cervical cancer early. STI counseling and HIV screening are available for the prevention and treatment of STIs and HIV. You should be screened for HIV at least once in your lifetime, or more often if you are at an increased risk. It is essential women remember that interpersonal and domestic violence can occur at any age and your health care provider’s office is a safe place to talk and get connected to services and support.

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Women in our 30s:

All women, no matter what age or health condition, need to schedule a well-woman visit at least once a year. Starting at age 30 until you turn 65, you should receive a Pap test and an HPV test every 5 years or be screened with a Pap test every 3 years to ensure cervical cancer is detected early. At your annual well-woman visit, it’s important for women to talk to your health care provider about your contraception options, with 18 FDA approved methods covered under the Affordable Care Act, you and your health care provider can discuss the different methods and decide which one is right for you. Women can also receive STI counseling by talking to your health care provider about how to prevent sexually transmitted infections and reduce your risk of infection. Women should be screened for HIV at least once in your lifetime, or more often if you are at an increased risk. It is essential women remember that interpersonal and domestic violence can occur at any age and your health care provider’s office is a safe place to talk and get connected to services and support.

preventive services for women in 30s

Women in our 40s:

All women, no matter what age or health condition, need to schedule a well-woman visit at least once a year. In our 40s, we should receive a Pap test and an HPV test every 5 years or be screened with a Pap test every 3 years to ensure cervical cancer is detected early. Your 40s is also the right time to talk to your doctor about breast cancer screenings. If you are of average risk for breast cancer, you should get a mammogram at least every 2 years starting no earlier than age 40, but no later than age 50, through at least age 74. If you are at a higher-risk of developing breast cancer, you should talk to your health care provider about when to initiate screening and how often. It is important to talk to your health care provider about your risk for breast cancer and the best screening plan for you. At your annual well-woman visit, you can talk to your health care provider about your contraception options and decide which one is right for you. Women can also receive STI counseling by talking to your health care provider about how to prevent sexually transmitted infections and reduce your risk of infection. Women should be screened for HIV at least once in your lifetime, or more often if you are at an increased risk. It is essential women remember that interpersonal and domestic violence can occur at any age and your health care provider’s office is a safe place to talk and get connected to services and support.

preventive services for women in 40s

 

Women in our 50s:

All women, no matter what age or health condition, need to schedule a well-woman visit at least once a year. In our 50s, we should receive a Pap test and an HPV test every 5 years or be screened with a Pap test every 3 years to ensure cervical cancer is detected early. In your 50s, it is important to talk to your health care provider about your risk for breast cancer and the best screening plan for you. If you are of average risk of breast cancer, you should get a mammogram at least every 2 years starting no earlier than age 40, but no later than age 50, through at least age 74. If you are at a higher-risk of developing breast cancer, you should talk to your health care provider about when to initiate screening and how often. Women can receive STI counseling by talking to your health care provider about how to prevent sexually transmitted infections and reduce your risk of infection. Women should be screened for HIV at least once in your lifetime, or more often if you are at an increased risk. It is essential women remember that interpersonal and domestic violence can occur at any age and your health care provider’s office is a safe place to talk and get connected to services and support.

preventive services for women in 50s

Preventive Services for Expecting Mothers:

When you’re expecting, the Affordable Care Act has you covered. If you are pregnant, you should have a screening test to check your blood sugar levels between 24-28 weeks of gestation. Testing for gestational diabetes is important to protect yourself and improve birth outcomes. In addition, the counseling, education, breast pump, and supplies you may need for successful breastfeeding are available at no out-of-pocket costs to you.

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