Like sands in the hourglass, so are the years of our lives. Make a fresh checklist of preventative health checkups to get in your thirties.

Even if you’re feeling fit as a fiddle, that’s no good reason to skip your doctor visits. Especially when you’re old enough to know better! Get ahead of the curve with this list of eight crucial preventative health checkups to get in your thirties.

A Full Gynecological Checkup

You already know, right? This includes a manual pelvic exam, a breast exam, and a Pap smear. it may also include an HPV test, which is important for screening cervical cancer. For the most accurate Pap results, avoid having sex or using any vaginal creams or medications for two days before your appointment.

Who needs it? Everyone with female reproductive organs.

Breast Cancer Testing

Take care of your breasts. This is one of the most important health checkups to get in your thirties, and it’s not a one-and-done affair. A clinical breast exam should be done by a doctor or nurse at least every three years. This can also be included in your full gyno checkup.

In between exams, pay attention to your body. If anything looks or feels strange, tell a physician right away. The best time to perform breast self-exams is at least a week after the start of your period, when they’re not as swollen and tender.

Who needs it? Everyone with breasts. Additionally, ask your doctor if you’re at a higher than average risk for breast cancer. If so, you’ll need to discuss when to start getting mammograms and other tests to stay on the safe side.

Cervical Cancer Testing

Before you turn 30, you should be getting a Pap test every three years. Once you turn 30, you can cut that down to every five years. You should also be getting tested for HPV, even if you’re been vaccinated. This test can be included in your full gyno checkup.

Who needs it? Everyone with a cervix. If you’ve had a hysterectomy, you can cross cervical cancer testing off your list of preventative health checkups to get in your thirties.

Colon Cancer Testing

If you have a family history, genetic disorder or other factor that puts you at a higher risk for colon cancer, ask your doctor about getting tested.

Who needs it? People at increased risk. If you don’t have any of the risk factors above, you can skip this one, too.

Thyroid Test

An underactive or overactive thyroid is totally treatable. But if left untreated, both can lead to more serious conditions. They can also just make you miserable with menstrual problems, fertility and pregnancy complications, and symptoms similar to menopause.

Who needs it? People with symptoms or risk factors. If you have no reason to suspect you have a thyroid problem, you can leave this off your list of preventative health checkups to get in your thirties.

Blood Pressure and Heart Testing

To check your heart health, a doctor will take your blood pressure and then give you a blood test called a lipid profile. This checks for bad and good cholesterol, triglycerides, and total cholesterol levels. If you have a family history of heart disease or other risk factors, you might get a high-sensitivity CRP test to measure inflammation.

Who needs it? Everyone with a heart (that’s you!). Also, did you know that a history of depression can lead to increased inflammation levels? Be sure to discuss it with your doctor!

Eye Testing

Even if you have perfect vision, an eye exam is definitely one of the most important preventative health checkups to get in your thirties. An opthamologist can catch signs of glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and even things like diabetes and high blood pressure. Get your eyes checked every three years, ro more often if you have a family history of eye disease or other risk factors.

Who needs it? Everyone with eyes! The older you are, the more often you should get checked. After age 40, plan on getting an eye exam every two years.

Immunization Checkup

Ask your doctor or nurse if your immunizations are all squared away. You should get a tetanus shot every ten years — it also protects against diptheria and pertussis. Depending on your location, age, and risk factors, you may need updates on your Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Chickenpox, and Meningococcal immunizations.

Who needs it? Everyone. Everyone.

Have any health tips to share for people in their thirties? Let us know in the comments!

 

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