Women’s Health Needs by Decade

Neeru Singh, MD
November 20, 2020
5 min read

Just like you are constantly evolving and growing, so is your body. Every stage of life comes with its own unique health milestones and check-ins and your Carbon Health primary care providers are here to help you every step of the way.

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IN YOUR TEENs

Female bodies go through major changes during their adolescent and teenage years. From periods to developing breasts to growing pains, puberty can be a confusing, challenging, yet exciting, time.

Birth control: Whether or not you are sexually active, birth control can be prescribed for a variety of reasons. Talk to your physician about what options work best for you and your body.

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IN YOUR 20s

For many, this decade is full of self-discovery and, with hormones surging, a time to pay closer attention to one’s sexual health and well-being. Finding a provider who makes you feel comfortable now can help you build healthier habits in the future.

Blood pressure tests: Every two years if normal, more regularly if irregular

Cholesterol tests: Every five years if normal

Diabetes tests: Every year if you are larger-bodied.

Pap smear: Every three to five years if regular.

STD Screenings: Every year if sexually active with more than one partner

Birth control: Talk to your physician about what options work best for you and your body

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IN YOUR 30s

Maintaining your health through regular check-ups is just as important now as it was in your 20s. Be sure to talk to your provider about important health issues like a history of breast cancer in your family so they can start monitoring now. Looking to start a family? Talk to your provider about options and obstacles.

Blood pressure tests: Every two years if normal, more regularly if irregular

Cholesterol tests: Every two years if normal

Diabetes tests: Every year if you are larger-bodied.

Pelvic Exams + Pap smears: Every three years if normal

STD Screenings: Every year if sexually active with more than one partner

Birth control: Talk to your physician about what options work best for you and your body

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IN YOUR 40s

Continue to keep lines of communication open with your provider. Healthcare professionals recommend getting an annual mammogram in your 40s. It is important to check your TSH levels if you have signs of underactive/overactive thyroid. Some females start menopause as early as 45 so reach out to a clinician if you have questions or concerns about any changes you might be experiencing.

Blood pressure tests: Every two years if normal, more regularly if irregular

Cholesterol tests: Every year, more frequently if abnormal

Diabetes tests: Every year if you are larger-bodied.

Mammogram: Once a year

Pelvic Exams + Pap smears: Every three years if normal

STD Screenings: Every year if sexually active with more than one partner

Birth control: Talk to your physician about what options work best for you and your body

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IN YOUR 50s

Many females start to experience menopause in their 50s. From hot flashes to surging hormones, this time can be a challenge. Talk to a provider about any concerns you may have. They are here to help guide and support you during this time.

Blood pressure tests: Yearly, more regularly if irregular

Cholesterol tests: Every year, more frequent if this is abnormal

Diabetes tests: Every year if you are larger-bodied.

Mammogram: Once a year

Bone density test: Postmenopausal women younger than 65 years at increased risk determined by your healthcare provider

Colonoscopy: Every ten years

Pelvic Exams + Pap smears: Every three years if normal

STD Screenings: Every year if sexually active with more than one partner

Birth control: Talk to your physician about what options work best for you and your body

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IN YOUR 60s AND BEYOND

Be sure to continue to check in regularly with your provider and stay on top of annual mammograms and tests.

Blood pressure tests: Yearly, more regularly if irregular

Cholesterol tests: Every year, more frequent if this is abnormal

Diabetes tests: Every year if you are larger-bodied.

Mammogram: Once a year until age 74.

Bone density test: Once a year starting at age 65. Postmenopausal women younger than 65 years at increased risk should also be screened.

Colonoscopy: Every ten years until age 75.

Pelvic Exams + Pap smears: Screening should be continued until age 65 years of age in women with a history of 3 negative screening results in the previous 10 years, with the most recent test within five years and no history of cervical cancer.

STD Screenings: Every year if sexually active with more than one partner

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Neeru Singh, MD

Neeru Singh, MD, is a Medical Director at Carbon Health. As a primary care physician, she enjoys educating and guiding patients on important health decisions.

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