20s & 30s—exploring and growing

As a woman in your 20s or 30s, you may start asking yourself a lot of questions. Should I start a family? How can I improve my eating habits? Am I depressed or is what I’m feeling something else? Or, maybe you have been so busy you haven’t had time to think about any of these questions—or your well-being. 

At The Christ Hospital Health Network, our Women’s Health Services can help you sort through your birth control or birth choice options. We can help you get your nutrition and physical activity back on track. If you don’t have one already, it’s important to find a physician to partner with you on your path to health and wellness. Your physician can guide you and serve as your medical home to coordinate any preventive screenings or care you may need.

At this time in your life, it’s essential to take care of yourself—focus on exercise, good eating habits, stress management and early detection of potentially life threatening issues. Now more than ever, it’s important to think about your mental and physical health as you lay the foundation for your health in the future.

Recommended screenings

Staying healthy is a combination of caring for yourself and getting the right medical care decade by decade. Here’s a guide to help you keep track of recommended routine screenings.

Health screenings in your 20s & 30s:

  • Annual blood pressure test

  • Annual eye exam

  • Annual flu vaccine

  • Annual wellness visit

  • Clinical breast exam every year 

  • Regular dental exams and cleaning

  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) tests yearly—if sexually active with multiple partners

Additional screenings depending on your health status:

  • Annual skin check

  • Cholesterol screening 

  • Pap test and HPV test with pelvic exam 

Health tips

The key to maintaining a healthy and balanced life is to make small changes daily to see improvements in your health and energy levels. Here are some health tips for your 20s & 30s:

  • Do not smoke 

  • Drink alcohol in moderation

  • Eat well

  • Form a relationship with a physician you like and trust

  • Get 1,000 mg of calcium with vitamin D per day

  • Get 30 minutes of exercise daily

  • Have regular physical exams

  • Maintain a healthy body weight

  • Prepare for family planning

  • Protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies 

  • Reduce stress

  • Watch for signs of depression

  • Wear sunscreen

Conditions and services in your 20s & 30s

As a woman, you may develop different health issues throughout your life that need medical attention. Below is a quick reference about medical conditions and services in your 20s & 30s. 

By staying healthy—physically, mentally and emotionally—during your 20s and 30s, you create a strong foundation for good health later in life.