Women's Health

Aetna Better Health℠ Premier Plan wants you to stay healthy. Scheduling a yearly well-woman checkup is one of the best ways to do this. We cover well-woman checkups. At each checkup, you’ll receive: 

  • A cervical cancer screening (pap smear) to check for cervical cancer
  • A breast exam to check for breast cancer
  • A test to check for chlamydia

You may not have any signs or symptoms of these illnesses. Getting a well-woman checkup each year can help catch problems early. A woman's health can change quickly. That's why it's important to schedule a well-woman checkup each year.

Women's health tests

You can call your primary care provider (PCP) or women's health care provider (WCHP) to schedule a well-woman checkup. Or, you may call an OB/GYN. You don't need a referral. Find a provider online or call Member Services toll free at 1-855-676-5772 (TTY 711), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for help.

If you are 30 years or older call for your yearly well-woman exam today!

Screening tests and vaccines are an important part of managing your health. Health counseling is essential, too. Below are guidelines for these, for women ages 18 to 39. Talk with your health care provider to make sure you're up to date on what you need.

Screening

Who needs it

How often

Alcohol misuse

 

All women in this age group

 

At routine exams

 

Blood pressure

 

All women in this age group

 

Every 2 years if your blood pressure is less than 120/80 mm Hg; yearly if your systolic blood pressure is 120 to 139 mm Hg, or your diastolic blood pressure reading is 80 to 89 mm Hg

 

Breast cancer

 

Women ages 20 and older; women under the age of 20, talk with your health care provider

 

Clinical breast exam every 3 years

 

Cervical cancer

 

Women ages 21 and older

 

Women between ages 21 and 29 should have a Pap test every 3 years; women between ages 30 and 65 are advised to have a Pap test plus an HPV test every 5 years

 

Chlamydia

 

Sexually active women ages 24 and younger, and women at increased risk for infection

 

Every 3 years if you're at risk or have symptoms

 

Depression

 

All women in this age group

 

At routine exams

 

Diabetes mellitus, type 2

 

Women who have blood pressure higher than 135/80 mm Hg

 

At least every 3 years

 

Gonorrhea

 

Sexually active women at increased risk for infection

 

At routine exams

 

HIV

 

Women at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

 

At routine checkups

 

Syphilis

 

Women at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

 

At routine exams

 

Tuberculosis

 

Women at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

 

Ask your health care provider

 

Vision

 

All women in this age group

 

At least 1 complete exam in your 20s, and 2 in your 30s

 

Vaccines

Who needs it

How often

Chickenpox (varicella)

 

All women in this age group up to age 26

 

2 doses; the second dose should be given 4 to 8 weeks after the first dose

 

Hepatitis A

 

Women at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

2 doses given at least 6 months apart

 

Hepatitis B

 

Women at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

3 doses over 6 months; second dose should be given 1 month after the first dose; the third dose should be given at least 2 months after the second dose and at least 4 months after the first dose

 

Human papillomavirus (HPV)

 

Women at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

3 doses; the second dose should be given 1 to 2 months after the first dose and the third dose given 6 months after the first dose

 

Influenza (flu)

 

All women in this age group

 

               

3 doses; the second dose should be given 1 to 2 months after the first dose and the third dose given 6 months after the first dose

 

Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)

 

All women in this age group who have no record of these infections or vaccines

 

1 or 2 doses

 

Meningococcal

 

Women at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

 

1 or more doses

 

Pneumococcal (polysaccharide)

 

Women at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

 

1 or more doses

 

Tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Td/Tdap) booster

 

All women in this age group

 

Td every 10 years, or a one-time dose of Tdap instead of a Td booster after age 18, then Td every 10 years

 

Counseling

Who needs it

How often

BRCA gene mutation testing for breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility

 

Women with increased risk for having gene mutation

 

When your risk is known

 

Breast cancer and chemoprevention

 

Women at high risk for breast cancer

 

When your risk is known

 

 

 

Diet and exercise

 

Women with high cholesterol or triglycerides, or other risk factors for cardiovascular or chronic disease affected by diet or exercise

 

When diagnosed, and then at routine exams

 

Use of tobacco and the health effects it can cause

 

All women in this age group

 

 

Every visit

 

 

 

Give yourself the best gift ever: peace of mind. Call for your yearly well-woman exam today!

 

Screening tests and vaccines are an important part of managing your health. Health counseling is essential, too. Below are guidelines for these, for women ages 40 to 49. Talk with your health care provider to make sure you're up to date on what you need.

Screening

Who needs it

How often

Alcohol misuse

 

All women in this age group

 

At routine exams

 

 

Blood pressure

 

All women in this age group

 

Every 2 years if your blood pressure is less than 120/80 mm Hg; yearly if your systolic blood pressure is 120 to 139 mm Hg, or your diastolic blood pressure reading is 80 to 89 mm Hg

 

Breast cancer

 

All women in this age group

 

Yearly mammogram and clinical breast exam

 

Cervical cancer

 

All women in this age group, except women who have had a complete hysterectomy

 

A Pap test plus an HPV test every 5 years

 

Chlamydia

 

Women at increased risk for infection

 

At routine exams if you're at risk or have symptoms

 

Depression

 

All women in this age group

 

At routine exams if you're at risk or have symptoms

 

Diabetes mellitus, type 2

 

Women who have blood pressure higher than 135/80 mm Hg

 

At least every 3 years

 

Gonorrhea

 

Sexually active women at increased risk for infection

 

At routine exams

 

High cholesterol or triglycerides

 

All women ages 45 and older who are at risk for coronary artery disease; younger women, talk with your health care provider

 

At routine exams

 

HIV

 

Women at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

 

At routine checkups

 

Obesity

 

All women in this age group

 

At routine exams

 

Syphilis

 

Women at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

 

At routine exams

 

Tuberculosis

 

Women at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

 

Ask your health care provider

 

Vision

 

All women in this age group

 

Complete exam at age 40; if you have a chronic disease, ask your health care provider how often you should have your eyes examined

 

Give yourself the best gift ever: peace of mind. Call for your yearly well-woman exam today!

 

Screening tests and vaccines are an important part of managing your health. Health counseling is essential, too. Below are guidelines for these, for women ages 50 to 64. Talk with your health care provider to make sure you're up to date on what you need.

 

 

 

Screening

Who needs it

How often

Alcohol misuse

 

All women in this age group

 

At routine exams

 

 

Blood pressure

 

All women in this age group

 

Every 2 years if your blood pressure is less than 120/80 mm Hg; yearly if your systolic blood pressure is 120 to 139 mm Hg, or your diastolic blood pressure reading is 80 to 89 mm Hg

Breast cancer

 

All women in this age group

 

Yearly mammogram and clinical breast exam

 

Cervical cancer

 

All women in this age group, except women who have had a complete hysterectomy

 

A Pap test plus an HPV test every 5 years

 

 

 

Chlamydia

 

Women at increased risk for infection

 

At routine exams

 

Colorectal cancer

 

All women in this age group

 

Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years, or colonoscopy every 10 years, or double-contrast barium enema every 5 years; yearly fecal occult blood test or fecal immunochemical test; or a stool DNA test as often as your health care provider advises; talk with your health care provider about which tests are best for you

 

Depression

 

All women in this age group

 

 

At routine exams

 

Diabetes mellitus, type 2

 

Women who have blood pressure higher than 135/80 mm Hg

 

At routine exams

 

Gonorrhea

 

Sexually active women at increased risk for infection

 

At routine exams

 

High cholesterol or triglycerides

 

All women in this age group who are at risk for coronary artery disease

 

At least every 5 years

 

 

 

 

HIV

 

Women at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

 

At routine exams

 

Obesity

 

All women in this age group

 

At routine exams

 

Osteoporosis

 

Women who are postmenopausal

 

Ask your health care provider

 

Syphilis

 

Women at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

 

At routine exams

 

Tuberculosis

 

Women at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

 

Ask your health care provider

 

Vision

All women in this age group

 

Ask your health care provider

 

Vaccine

Who needs it

How often

Chickenpox (varicella)

 

All women in this age group who have no record of this infection or vaccine

2 doses; the second dose should be given at least 4 weeks after the first dose

Hepatitis A

 

Women at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

 

2 doses given at least 6 months apart

 

Hepatitis B

 

Women at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

3 doses over 6 months; second dose should be given 1 month after the first dose; the third dose should be given at least 2 months after the second dose and at least 4 months after the first dose

Influenza (flu)

 

All women in this age group

Once a year

Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)

 

All women in this age group who have no record of these infections or vaccines

1 dose

Meningococcal

 

All women in this age group

 

Once a year

 

Pneumococcal (polysaccharide)

 

Women at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

1 or more doses

Tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Td/Tdap) booster

 

All women in this age group

 

Td every 10 years, or a one-time dose of Tdap instead of a Td booster after age 18, then Td every 10 years

Zoster

 

All women ages 60 and older

 

1 doses

 

 Counseling

 Who needs it

How often 

BRCA gene mutation testing for breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility

 

Women with increased risk for having gene mutation

 

When your risk is known

Breast cancer and chemoprevention

 

Women at high risk for breast cancer

 

 

When your risk is known

 

 

           

Diet and exercise

 

Women with high cholesterol or triglycerides, or other risk factors for cardiovascular or chronic disease affected by diet or exercise

 

When diagnosed, and then at routine exams

 

Use of daily aspirin

 

Women with high cholesterol or triglycerides, or other risk factors for cardiovascular or chronic disease affected by diet or exercise

 

When your risk is known

 

Use of tobacco and the health effects it can cause

 

All women in this age group

 

 

 

Every visit

 

 

 

Give yourself the best gift ever: peace of mind. Call for your yearly well-woman exam today!

 

Screening tests and vaccines are an important part of managing your health. Health counseling is essential, too. Below are guidelines for these, for women ages 65 and older. Talk with your health care provider to make sure you're up to date on what you need.

Screening

Who needs it

How often

Alcohol misuse

All women in this age group

At routine exams

 

Blood pressure

All women in this age group

Every 2 years if your blood pressure is less than 120/80mm Hg; yearly if your systolic blood pressure is 120 to 139 mm HG, or your diastolic blood pressure reading is 80 to 89 mm HG

 

Breast cancer

 

All women in this age group

Yearly mammogram and clinical breast exam

 

Cervical cancer

Only women who had abnormal screen results before age 65

 

Talk with your health care provider

 

Chlamydia

 

Women at increased risk for infection

 

At routine exams

 

Colorectal cancer

 

All women in this age group

 

Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years, or colonoscopy every 10 years, or double-contrast barium enema every 5 years; yearly fecal occult blood test or fecal immunochemical test; or a stool DNA test as often as your health care provider advises; talk with your health care provider about which tests are best for you

 

 

 

Depression

 

All women in this age group

 

At routine exams

 

Diabetes mellitus, type 2

 

Women who have blood pressure higher than 135/80 mm HG

 

At least every 3 years

 

Gonorrhea

 

Sexually active women at increased risk for infection

 

At routine exams

 

High cholesterol or triglycerides

 

All women in this age group who are at risk for coronary artery disease

 

 

 

At least every 5 years

 

 

 

HIV

 

Women at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

 

At routine exams

 

Obesity

 

All women in this age group

 

At routine exams

 

Osteoporosis

 

All women in this age group

 

Bone density test at age 65, then follow-up as advised by your health care provider

 

Syphilis

 

Women at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

 

 

At routine exams

 

Tuberculosis

 

Women at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

 

 

Ask your health care provider

 

Vision

 

All women in this age group

 

 

Every 1 to 2 years; if you have a chronic health condition, ask your health care provider if you need exams more often

 

Vaccine

Who needs it

How often

Chickenpox (varicella)

 

All women in this age group who have no record of this infection or vaccine

 

2 doses; second dose should be given at least 4 weeks after the first dose

 

Hepatitis A

 

Women at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

 

2 doses given 6 months apart

 

Hepatitis B

 

Women at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

 

3 doses over 6 months; second dose should be given 1 month after the first dose; the third dose should be given at least 2 months after the second dose and at least 4 months after the first dose

 

Influenza (flu)

 

All women in this age group

 

 

Once a year

 

Pneumococcal (polysaccharide)

 

All women in this age group

 

1 dose

 

Tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Td/Tdap) booster

 

All women in this age group

 

Td every 10 years, or a one-time dose of Tdap instead of a Td booster after age 18, then Td every 10 years

 

 

 

Zoster

All women in this age group

 

1 dose

 

Counseling

Who needs it

How often

Diet and exercise

 

Women with high cholesterol or triglycerides, or other risk factors for cardiovascular or chronic disease affected by diet or exercise

 

When diagnosed, and then at routine exams

 

Use of daily aspirin

 

Women ages 55 and up in this age group who are at risk for cardiovascular health problems such as stroke

 

When your risk is known

 

Use of tobacco and the health effects it can cause

 

All women in this age group

 

Every visit