Taking care of your health should be at the top of your to-do list as a woman of any age. Whether you’re a young college student, a busy mother or a long-time retiree, there is nothing more important than keeping yourself healthy.
Wellness looks different in every stage of your life. The actions you take, tests you get and resources you use change during your lifetime. Read on to discover health tips for women of every age.*
Women in their 20s
- Get screened for cervical cancer. All women age 21 to 65 should get a Pap smear every three years. This test catches cervical cancer early, when it’s highly treatable.
- If you are sexually active, get a chlamydia screening once a year. Chlamydia can cause cancer, infertility and complications during future pregnancies.
- Pregnant? Or thinking about having children? Make use of our Care Coordination program. Our experts and specialists will help keep you and your baby healthy before, during and after birth. Call (800) 851-3379 ext 28947 or email Care.Coordination@healthalliance.org to find out more.
- Get your flu vaccine. If you’re a woman in your 30s, your life might revolve around your children. Parties, school visits, sporting events – you are often near young kids. Protect yourself and them by getting your flu vaccine every year.
- Protect yourself from the sun. You spend a lot of time outdoors in your 30s – family vacations at the beach, hikes with friends and watching your child’s ballgames. Remember that skin cancer is a risk for all women, not just those who tan.
- Get tested for diabetes. Once you turn 45, your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes increase substantially. The American Diabetes Association recommends everyone 45 and older get screened for diabetes every three years.
- Keep active. Many women in their 40s stop exercising as frequently. No matter how busy work and family make you, try to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day.
- Get regular mammograms. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. Get a mammogram every 1 to 2 years starting at age 50.
- Talk to your doctor about menopause. Don’t be scared about this new stage in your life. Talk to your doctor about menopause and how it affects different aspects of your health.
- Get screened for osteoporosis. Your bone health is important. Once you’re 65, get a bone density test every other year.
- Consider a shingles vaccine. For unknown reasons, women develop this painful infection more often than men. Ask your doctor if getting vaccinated is right for you.
70s and beyond
- Exercise is as important as ever. However, it might become more difficult as you age. Talk to your doctor or one of our health coaches for tips on less-strenuous physical activity.
- Also exercise your brain. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, nearly two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women. Keep your mind active. Learn a new skill or hobby.
Additional Resources and Information
Read this blog article for more health tips for women of all ages.
Click here for pregnancy resources, tools and tips.
View this one-minute video about women and heart disease, from our friends at Confluence Health.
Read five tips for lifelong breast health from our partners at Virginia Mason Health System.
To learn more about women’s health services available through our partner Riverside Healthcare, check out this episode of their podcast.
* Have questions about which tests and services your insurance plan covers? View your coverage details at YourHealthAlliance.org or with our Hally™ app. If you have any questions, call the number on the back of your ID card.