University of Arizona
College of Public Health

Important Tests for a Woman’s Good Health

Important Tests for a Woman’s Good Health

Ages

18-39

40-49

50-64

65+

 

 

Full Check up

 

 

 

Discuss with your healthcare provider

 

 

 

Discuss with your healthcare provider

 

 

Discuss with your healthcare provider

 

 

Discuss with your healthcare provider

 

Thyroid test (TSH)

 

 

Start at age 35, then every 5 years

 

Every 5 years

 

Every 5 years

 

Every 5 years

 

Blood pressure test

 

 

At least every 2 years

 

At least every 2 years

 

At least every 2 years

 

At least every 2 years

 

 

Cholesterol test

 

 

Start at age 20, discuss with your healthcare provider

 

 

Discuss with your healthcare provider

 

Discuss with your healthcare provider

 

Discuss with your healthcare provider

 

Pap test & pelvic exam

 

 

 Every 1-3 years if you have been sexually active or are older than 21

 

Every 1-3 years

 

Every 1-3 years

 

 

 

 Discuss with your healthcare provider

 

 

 

Chlamydia test

 

 

If sexually active, yearly until age 25. Ages 26-39, if you are at high risk* for Chlamydia or other STDs, you may need this test

 

 

If you are at high risk for Chlamydia or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), you may need this test. See STD section

 

If you are at high risk for Chlamydia or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), you may need this test. See STD section

 

If you are at high risk for Chlamydia or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), you may need this test. See STD section

 

 

Sexually transmitted disease (STD) tests

 

 

Both partners should get tested for STDs, including HIV, before initiating sexual intercourse

 

 

Both partners should get tested for STDs, including HIV, before initiating sexual intercourse

 

Both partners should get tested for STDs, including HIV, before initiating sexual intercourse

 

Both partners should get tested for STDs, including HIV, before initiating sexual intercourse

 

Mammogram

(x-ray of breast)

 

 

Ages 35+ if you are at risk**,

Discuss with your healthcare provider

 

 

Every 1-2 years. Discuss with your healthcare provider

 

 

Every 1-2 years. Discuss with your healthcare provider

 

 

Every 1-2 years. Discuss with your healthcare provider

 

 

Double contrast barium enema

(DCBE)

 

 

 

Not applicable

 

 

Not applicable

 

Every 5-10 years

(if not having colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy)

 

Every 5-10 years

(if not having colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy)

 

 

 

 

Rectal exam

 

 

 

Discuss with your healthcare provider

 

 

Discuss with your healthcare provider

 

Every 5-10 years with each screening colonoscopy, DCBE or sigmoidoscopy

 

 

Every 5-10 years with each screening colonoscopy, DCBE or sigmoidoscopy

 

 

Fecal occult blood test

 

 

Not applicable

 

Not applicable

 

Yearly

 

Yearly

 

 

Colonoscopy

 

 

 

 

Not applicable

 

 

Not applicable

 

 

Every 10 years

 

 

Every 10 years

 

Flexible sigmoidoscopy

(with fecal occult blood test is preferred)

 

 

 

Not applicable

 

 

Not applicable

 

Every 5 years

(if not having a colonoscopy)

 

Every 5 years

(if not having a colonoscopy)

 

Diabetes

blood sugar test

 

 

Discuss with your healthcare provider

 

Start at age 45, then every 3 years

 

Every 3 years

 

Every 3 years

 

 

Bone mineral density test

 

 

 

Not applicable

 

 

Discuss with your healthcare provider

 

 

Discuss with your healthcare provider

 

Get a bone density test at least once. Talk to your doctor about repeat testing.

 

 

Dental exam

 

 

One or two times every year

 

 

One or two times every year

 

 

One or two times every year

 

 

One or two times every year

 

 

 

Eye exam

 

 

Get your eyes checked if you have problems or visual changes

 

 

 

Every 2 - 4 years

 

 

 

 

Every 2 - 4 years

 

 

Every 1 - 2 years

 

 

Hearing test

 

 

Start at age 18, then every 10 years

 

 

Every 10 years

 

 

Discuss with your healthcare provider

 

Discuss with your healthcare provider

 

 

Mole exam

 

 

Monthly mole self-exam; by a doctor every 3 years, starting at age 20

 

 

Monthly mole self- exam; by a doctor every year

 

Monthly mole self- exam; by a doctor every year

 

Monthly mole self- exam; by a doctor every year

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