In Your 3os
Now is the time to create a strong foundation to protect your health into the future.
These are guidelines only. Your doctor or nurse will personalize the timing of each test to meet your specific healthcare needs.
- Full checkup — Including weight and height.
- Sleep habits — Discuss at your annual exam.
- Thyroid (TSH) test —Discuss with your doctor or nurse.
- HIV screening — Get this test if you are at risk for HIV infection (unprotected sex, sexually transmitted disease, or used drugs with needles).
- Blood pressure test — At least every two years.
- Cholesterol panel — Total, LDL, HDL and triglycerides; discuss with your doctor or nurse.
- Blood glucose or A1c test — Get screened if you have sustained blood pressure greater than 135/80, take medicine for high blood pressure, or are at risk for developing diabetes.
- Breast self-exam —Become familiar with your breasts so you can identify any changes and discuss with your doctor or nurse.
- Clinical breast exam — At least every three years.
- Pap test — At least every three years.
- Pelvic exam — Yearly.
- Sexually transmitted infection (STI) tests —Both partners should get tested for STIs, including HIV, before initiating sexual intercourse. Get a chlamydia test yearly if you have new or multiple partners.
Mental health screening
- Discuss with your doctor or nurse.
Eye and ear health
- Comprehensive eye exam — Discuss with your doctor.
- Hearing test — Every 10 years.
- Skin exam— Monthly self-exam of skin and moles and as part of a routine full checkup with your doctor or nurse.
- Dental cleaning and exam— Every 12-24 months; discuss with your dentist.
- Seasonal influenza vaccine— Yearly.
- Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis booster vaccine— Every 10 years.
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine — If your vaccine series is incomplete, discuss with your doctor or nurse.
- Meningococcal vaccine— Discuss with your doctor or nurse if you are a college student or military recruit.
Sources: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention