Welcome to the Thrilling 30s
Atlantic Health System Women’s Health welcomes you to your 30s. You’re feeling more confident, your career may be taking off, or you may be thinking about starting a family. While you may not feel or look much different than you did a few years ago, your body is changing. These changes are a normal part of growing older. You may feel like you’re slowing down a bit — or you could feel like you’re in the prime of your life.
Find a Doctor
If you haven’t already, it’s time to form a relationship with a primary care physician in addition to a gynecologist. Partnering with these health care providers is the cornerstone of the foundation that will support good health in the decades to come.
Let's Talk About Prevention
- Make sure you get regular check-ups and health screenings.
- Review vaccinations and keep them up to date. Get the flu shot every year, tetanus every 10 years, and a COVID vaccine as recommended.
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- Discuss sexual health and family planning with your doctor.
- Create a family health history and share it with your medical team.
- Fertility decreases towards the end of your 30s and it may take longer to get pregnant. If you are under 35 and you don’t get pregnant after a year of trying, talk to your gynecologist.
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- Get a pap smear every three to five years, depending on your risk factors, according to U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Talk to your doctor about the right testing option for you, a pap test only, an HPV test only, or a combination of an HPV test with a pap test.
- If you haven’t already, cut out smoking and cut down on drinking.
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- Ask your doctor about conducting routine self breast exams.
- If you are experiencing heavy or prolonged menstrual cycles, fatigue, pelvic pain, and frequent urination, you may have fibroids and should speak with your gynecologist.
Learn about fibroid testing and treatments >
- Know your numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol, and BMI) and keep them at healthy levels.
- Get an annual mole and freckle check from the dermatologist. Find a dermatologist now >
- Get a complete eye exam twice between the ages of 30 to 39.
Get Moving, Stretch Out and Get Some Sleep
Time may seem to be the one thing you have least of this decade, but you’ll thank yourself later if you do some of the following:
- Eat a well-balanced diet low in saturated fats and full of fruits and vegetables. Learn about our nutrition services >
- Maintain a healthy weight with an exercise program that includes aerobic activities such as walking, jogging, biking or swimming, as well as weight-bearing exercises. Learn more about our fitness and lifestyle classes >
- Get seven to eight hours of good sleep a night. Learn about our sleep centers >
These recommendations are intended as a guide for women in their 30s who are of general good health to discuss with their physician.
We're here to help you navigate all your decades.
Please call 1-800-247-9580 for a referral to a physician to discuss these recommendations.