Gynecology Preventive Health Guide

From before puberty to after menopause, your body is constantly changing and developing and at each stage of development and maturation, there may be questions about gynecological, reproductive and sexual health. It is generally recommended that women who are either over 18 years of age, and/or are sexually active, or those who experience gynecological symptoms, have an annual gynecological exam.

It’s important to establish a partnership with a gynecologist. Gynecologists specialize in general women's medical care, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the female reproductive system, and care of pregnant women. Many of the conditions that affect gynecological, reproductive, and sexual health may be detected early, which, in most cases, provides for a more positive prognosis and successful treatment.

Here are some guidelines for your gynecological care:

16-18 years
  • Pap. smear every year once sexually active
  • Chlamydia screening if sexually active

19-34 years
  • Annual exams including Pap. smear
  • Cholesterol check every 5 years if normal
  • Chlamydia screening (ages 19-26 if sexually active)

35-39 years
  • Annual exams including Pap. smear
  • Baseline screening mammogram
  • Cholesterol check every 5 years if normal

40-49 years
  • Annual exams including Pap. smear
  • Mammogram annually
  • Cholesterol check every 5 years if normal

50 years and over
  • Annual exams including Pap. smear and height
  • Cholesterol check every 5 years if normal
  • Fecal Occult blood every year OR sigmoidoscopy every 5 years OR complete colonoscopy every 10 years
  • Mammogram annually