05/25/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

10 Medical Tests Every Woman Needs (And One You Don't)

Sure, your to-do list is probably longer than the Great Wall of China, so you may be tempted to let your annual mammogram or cholesterol test slip. But don't let that happen: Stud­ies show that regular checkups and screenings can help keep you out of the doctor's office the rest of the year. Here, we lay out the essential med­ical tests you need in your 30s, 40s, 50s, and up, according to top women's-health experts. In most cases, these should be covered by insurance--but be sure to ask first.