Ask The Expert
February 28, 2012
The ďregular check-upĒ serves many purposes. During this visit, your doctor will want to:
Also, this visit is an ideal opportunity for you to:
Does every adult need a routine physical each year? Not necessarily. Everyone should have their blood pressure checked every 1-2 years. Women need pelvic exams and Pap smears every 1 to 3 years starting at age 21. Otherwise, I suggest a routine doctor visit every 3-5 years between ages 18 and 40, and every 2 years from ages 40-50. Once adults reach age 50, I usually recommend that they see their doctor once per year.
But donít wait for a routine visit if you have new symptoms. Call your doctorís office for advice. Your doctor may not want you to wait for a regular check-up.