In Your 30s

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.


General Health

  • Full checkup — Including weight and height.
  • Sleep habits — Discuss at your annual exam.
  • Thyroid (TSH) test — Beginning at age 35, then every five years.
  • HIV screening — Get this test if you are at risk for HIV infection (unprotected sex, sexually transmitted disease, or used drugs with needles).
  • Sunscreen — Wear sunscreen to help prevent skin cancer.

Heart Health

  • Blood pressure test — At least every two years.
  • Cholesterol panel — Total, LDL, HDL and triglycerides.


  • 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 Health

  • Breast self-exam — Become familiar with your breasts so you can identify any changes and discuss with your healthcare provider.
  • Clinical breast exam — Every three years.

Reproductive Health

  • Pelvic exam — Yearly.
  • Pap test — Every three years.
  • 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.
  • Folic acid supplement — Daily.

Mental Health

  • Discuss with your healthcare provider.

Oral, Eye & Ear Health

  • Dental cleaning and exam — Semiannual exam & cleaning.
  • Comprehensive eye exam — Two times in this decade.
  • Hearing test — Every three years.

Skin Health

  • Skin exam — Monthly self-exam of skin and moles and as part of a routine full checkup with your healthcare provider.


  • 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