Preventive Care for Women

Preventive care from an Olmsted Medical Center (OMC) primary care provider or gynecologist can help you stay healthy and avoid illness. Primary care includes:

  • Wellness exams: preventive annual checkups.
  • Immunizations: shots to prevent specific conditions such as flu or pneumonia.
  • Screening tests: tests that look for signs of disease before you have any symptoms.

How Often Should I See My Doctor?

Get a personalized schedule for your wellness screenings and immunizations based on your age, current health conditions, and family history. Ask your doctor how often you should have a physical exam.

Physical Exams

During your physical exam, your primary care provider will get to know you and your health goals. Your routine visit will include checking your:

  • Blood pressure
  • Body mass index (BMI)
  • Height
  • Immunizations records
  • Weight

Immunizations

Protect yourself from serious illness by following the vaccination schedule your healthcare provider recommends. Vaccines are safe and prevent illnesses. Depending on your health, age, and vaccine history, your doctor may recommend:

  • Hepatitis A vaccine
  • Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine
  • Influenza vaccine
  • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine
  • Meningococcal vaccine
  • Pneumococcal vaccine
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis vaccine or booster
  • Varicella
  • Zoster

HPV & Cervical Cancer Screening

Getting a pap smear, from a gynecologist, is an important screening tool for human papilloma virus (HPV) and cervical cancer. Follow these guidelines based on your age:

  • Ages 19 to 39: Pap smear every 2 years, starting at age 21, every 3 years after age 30 and 3 normal tests.
  • Ages 40 to 64: Pap smear every 3 years after 3 consecutive normal tests.
  • Ages 65 and older: Pap smear every 3 years after 3 consecutive normal tests, discontinuing between ages 65 to 70.

If you've had an abnormal test result in the past your healthcare provider will talk with you how often you should have one done.

Mental Health Screenings

Rely on OMC providers to diagnose and treat:

  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Other Health Screening Tests

Talk with your primary healthcare provider about whether the following tests and testing intervals are right for you:

  • Annual stool blood test with flexible sigmoidoscopy

  • Barium enema and flexible sigmoidoscopy

  • Colonoscopy every ten years starting at the age of 50