Physical Wellbeing

Routine Medical Care Throughout Life’s Stages

There is a lot to keep track of: number of vacation days you have remaining for the year, school permission forms to sign, retirement plan contributions… let us take one thing off your plate! This month’s challenge provides a snapshot of doctor’s appointments and assessments to consider during each life stage.

*Note: We are not medical professionals. Please consult your physician for any medical advice or health plans. 

The Challenge

Review the list of our suggested medical appointments and assessments to consider, and talk with your primary care physician during your next medical visit.


Ages 21 - 40:

  • Primary care physician: yearly appointment
  • Dentist: every six months
  • OB/GYN: yearly appointment (pelvic, pap and breast exam)
  • Dermatologist: yearly appointment
  • Eye doctor: yearly or biennial appointment
  • Gastroenterologist: yearly appointment (if you experience abdominal pain, reflux, or other GI issues)
  • Psychiatrist: yearly appointment (if you're taking medication or are weighing the pros and cons of seeing someone for your anxiety)
  • Endocrinologist: as needed (tests for and treats thyroid disorders, PCOS in women, etc)

Ages 40 - 55:

  • Primary care physician: yearly appointment
  • Dentist: every six months
  • OB/GYN: yearly appointment (pelvic, pap and breast exam)
  • Radiologist: yearly appointment (mammogram)
  • Dermatologist: yearly appointment
  • Eye doctor: yearly or biennial appointment (check for things like glaucoma and other eye diseases)
  • Gastroenterologist: average age of first colonoscopy is 50 years old (receive every 10 years thereafter)
  • Endocrinologist: as needed (tests for and treats thyroid disorders, PCOS in women, etc)


Ages 55 - 75+:

  • Primary care physician: yearly appointment
  • Dentist: every six months
  • OB/GYN: yearly appointment (pelvic, pap and breast exam)
  • Radiologist: yearly appointment (for mammogram)
  • Rheumatologist: yearly appointment (to check for osteoporosis)
  • Dermatologist: yearly appointment
  • Eye doctor: yearly or biennial appointment (check for things like glaucoma and other eye diseases)
  • Endocrinologist: as needed (tests for and treats thyroid disorders, PCOS in women, etc)

These are just some initial recommendations; however, depending on your family and medical history, your routine checkups might include visits to a specialist or other specific tests. Most primary care physicians advise regular immunizations; ask your doctor if you need tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) booster shot, or pneumonia vaccine. For those over 50, you may be asked to consider the Shingles vaccine. Almost all adults are recommended to get the flu shot each fall. As always, communicating with your doctors will help you stay on top of your health.

A basic plan can help you make the most of your appointment. Write down and prioritize a list of your questions and concerns before your appointment. Ensure you have insurance cards, names and phone numbers of your doctors, allergies and illnesses, and a list of surgeries and procedures you have had in the past. Also make note of any regular supplements, vitamins, medications and their dosages to have on hand. Here’s to a healthier you!

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Get Together

Ask other Sisters what to expect with certain doctor’s appointments. For example, if you have never been to a dermatologist, a Sister could provide a great reference and share personal experience about what a typical appointment has been like. #ACVOL

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