Good health is important for a long life, but what's crucial is knowing when you need extra attention. Regular medical checkups can help determine that.
By the time a woman is in her early 20s, she should go in for a pelvic exam and pap smear, according to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. These exams were initially recommended every year, but for healthy women whose pap smears come back clear, these exams can be periodic. Either way, pelvic health is important, and getting a baseline from an exam is key.